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Former Friends of the Earth legal head Phil Michaels loses cancer battle

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  • So sad to see this. Phil made a huge contribution to information rights work in the early days of freedom of information and data protection, when he was working in-house for Friends of the Earth. I wont't forget his dedication, passion, and good humour.

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  • Very sad. Phil was a good man.

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  • Very sad news. Phil was a talented lawyer who had the guts to leave the world of media litigation to work for a passion with Friends of the Earth, before going into business with his brother. It was a privilege to work with him and great fun to share a room with him.

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  • Very sad to read to this. Phil was a determined, cheerful and - one imagined - unstoppable campaigner and lawyer. He kept a level head in many major battles.

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  • Dreadful news; Phil was an exceptionally decent and brave guy with whom I had the privilege of working at Theodore Goddard. He was a very talented lawyer who successfully gathered evidence in west Africa which defeated a libel action brought by ex President Taylor of Liberia. He will be greatly missed.

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  • This is so sad to hear, as it will have been for all Phil's other ex-colleagues at Friends of the Earth. Phil's passion for justice, alongside his helpfulness, modesty and great humour, frankly gave lawyers a good name. Heartbreaking for his young family.

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