Michael Lee is an experienced international commercial arbitrator. Before joining the English Bar he was a solicitor and a partner in a major international law firm, Norton Rose, where he managed the Paris office and the firm's international arbitration group. He has had over 30 years' experience practising commercial litigation in the English High Court and international arbitration, as well as co-ordinating and overseeing overseas litigation. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR-accredited mediator.
Michael Lee has a wide-ranging practice as an international arbitrator having served as a member of the tribunal in over 130 international arbitrations administered under the rules of various international arbitration institutions, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), as well as ad hoc arbitrations and those under UNCITRAL Rules. Arbitrations in which he has been appointed have included disputes in the fields of energy supply, oil and gas, agency, joint ventures, expropriation, construction and engineering, as well as finance and banking, involving a variety of national laws and jurisdictions. He is on the panel of international arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (ICDR), SIAC, HKIAC, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and the Indian Council of Arbitration.
Michael Lee also has experience of mediation, having acted as mediator or co-mediator in several mediations. He has also acted as counsel or legal adviser in numerous arbitrations under institutional rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations in the general commercial, banking, insurance and commodities fields.
He was formerly the UK member on the ICC Court of International Arbitration, and is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration.
Michael has written and edited various publications on international arbitration matters and has also spoken on arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution at various conferences and workshops.
Examples of recent cases include disputes in relation to a mining contract (LCIA Rules, chairman, London seat); an engineering procurement contract (Philippines ICC Rules, party appointment, Singapore seat); a pipeline construction contract in Africa (ICC Rules, President, Toronto seat); a satellite transmission contract (party appointment, UNCITRAL Rules, Hong Kong seat); a joint venture agreement for the provision of gaming facilities in South East Asia (SIAC Rules, chairman, Singapore seat); tax in relation to a inter-city transport contract (SIAC Rules, party appointment, Singapore seat); a telecoms contract (Caribbean ICDR rules, sole arbitrator, Barbados seat); tax treatment of payments under an oil and gas joint venture (Caribbean) (AAA International Rules, party appointment); a waste water exploitation agreement (US/Canada) (AAA International Rules, sole arbitrator); electricity generating agreements (South America/US UNCITRAL Rules, party appointment); alleged expropriation by a Middle Eastern State (ICSID, party appointment); and a power station O&M agreement (SIAC Rules, chair).
WWL says: Michael Lee is a much-in-demand arbitrator. As one source notes, “He is one of the best arbitrators at the bar – well known for his extremely commercial, practical and well-organised approach.”
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