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Michael Black QC has been an international disputes lawyer for over 38 years specialising in
international arbitration and offshore litigation both as Advocate and Arbitrator. The guides have described
him as “a superb and seasoned professional, who has a brilliant legal mind." 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".  In the court-room his "amazing eye for detail" and "brilliant legal mind" are said to be a "deadly combination" and "his cross-examinations are something to behold".

While his practice is truly global, Michael is well known for his Middle East practice having acted throughout his career in cases concerning the Region. 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 was the first barrister to be admitted to the bar of the DIFC Courts and appeared in both the first trial (shareholders’ dispute) and the first appeal (appeal against freezing injunction).   Chambers and Partners 2016 calls him a "go-to person on DIFC matters" and "singled out for his extensive knowledge of UAE law".

In addition Michael's practice has recently increasingly focussed on the PRC, India and Africa.

Michael has a broad commercial practice but has particular experience and expertise in:

  • Arbitration;
  • Construction & Projects;
  • Energy, Oil & Gas;
  • Commercial Litigation;
  • Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery;
  • Banking and Financial Services;
  • Hedge Funds and Structured Investment Vehicles;
  • Insolvency;
  • Company

Areas of experience

+ Construction & Projects
+ Commercial Litigation
+ Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery
+ Banking and Financial Services
+ Arbitration
+ Energy, Oil & Gas
+ Hedge Funds & Structured Investment Vehicles
+ Company
+ Insolvency

Related events

XXIV Sixth Annual Dubai Conference 2016
30 May 2016

XXIV Fifth Annual Caribbean Conference 2015
5 Nov 2015

XXIV Dubai Conference 2015
13 May 2015

Michael Black QC speaking at Academy of Experts: "Experts, Lawyers & Arbitrators"
11 Feb 2015

XXIV Dubai Conference 2014
6 May 2014

Related news

DUBAI: DIFC Court takes expansive view of jurisdiction and seat of arbitration
27 May 2016

SINGAPORE: Michael Black QC and Philip Shepherd QC speaking at Litigation Conference Workshop
30 Mar 2016

DUBAI: Michael Black QC and Tom Montagu-Smith speaking at IBA Dispute Resolution Conference
29 Mar 2016

SHANGHAI: Michael Black co-chairing at LCIA Arbitration Symposium
22 Feb 2016

Michael Black QC speaking at 2015 Casablanca Arbitration Days conference ‘Making Arbitration Work for Africa’
23 Nov 2015

MINSK: Michael Black QC speaking at ICC International Construction Disputes conference
2 Nov 2015

Michael Black QC appointed to ICC UK’s Committee for Arbitration and ADR
18 Aug 2015

Related legal updates

A Curb on the Jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts?
4 Aug 2016

Privy Council resolves doubts about "Optional" arbitration clauses
19 Jan 2016

Court of Appeal Delivers Important Judgment on Enforcement under New York Convention
10 Nov 2015

Important development in recognition and enforcement of DIAC awards
28 May 2014

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