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Who's Who Legal

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Black QC is "impressive in tricky hearings, and an excellent, experienced practitioner who listens and thinks very carefully about the case".


Michael practices as both Arbitrator and Counsel. He shares his time between London and Dubai. Most of his work emanates from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia Region and is heard in the major arbitral centres, international commercial courts and offshore jurisdictions.

Michael’s practice centres on Construction & Projects; Energy, Oil & Gas; Company & Commercial; Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery; Banking & Financial Services; and Hedge Funds & Structured Investment Vehicles.

The guides have described him as “a superb and seasoned professional” and refer to his “extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration disputes related to the construction, energy and funds sectors … sources consider him a “great name” in London and internationally”.

An internationally acknowledged expert in civil procedure, he was retained to draft the procedure rules for the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (“DIFC”) and was also consulted on the drafting of the DIFC Arbitration Law. He is said: to be the “go-to person on DIFC matters”; “a thorough expert in the Middle East - very well attuned to how businesses work and how information flows in those jurisdictions”; “he has deep expertise in corporate matters - his practice bridges effectively English law and the laws of Middle Eastern jurisdictions”; “the go-to arbitrator for any disputes in the Middle East region”.

Chartered Arbitrator, Member of ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR, Court of Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre, and several panels of arbitrators.

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