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Practice Summary

Specialising in international arbitration and jurisdiction disputes, having acted in a number of leading cases including Cecil and others v Bayat and others [2011] EWCA Civ 523, Michelle’s practice covers the broad range of international and domestic litigation in all of chambers’ key areas including banking and finance and energy.  Frequently instructed (with and without a leader) in high profile and high value cases, Michelle’s recent work includes acting successfully for Zurich in the landmark business interruption insurance test case, the Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Limited & Others [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm),  three sets of parallel proceedings (ICC and UNCITRAL) concerning substantial £150m+ disputes relating to force majeure defences to the lack of gas supply to chemical plants; expedited section 994 unfair prejudice petition proceedings arising out of the disputed sale of a 25% shareholding in an international software business; a €120million dispute concerning a major gas pipeline running under the Black Sea; a $4billion telecoms shareholder dispute; and sole counsel in a dispute concerning the acquisition of a portfolio of non-performing loans for in excess of £1billion. 

Recommended in the Legal 500 as a leading junior in International Arbitration (and has been since 2008), directory comments include:

“An outstanding junior counsel and a devastating cross-examiner with a flair for tactics.”

“A star junior barrister.”

"An exceptional tactician and undoubtedly one of the next generation of leading advocates."

“An exceptional junior barrister who has total mastery of the detail in any case.”

"Has impeccable attention to detail, coupled with a deep strategic and tactical thinking."

“Michelle has a strong, broad international arbitration practice, and is very popular with City firms"

“An excellent lawyer but even more critically she is a fantastic team player.”

 "Does a superb job – highly recommended."