Michael Cover

michael cover. ArbDB Chambers,Arbitrators, Mediators, Adjudicators and Dispute Board Members. London. Dubai. Singapore

Michael is a Member of ArbDB Chambers. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, both in private practice and as in-house Counsel. He is an accredited Mediator with CEDR and has been involved in over 250 mediations. Michael is named in the Legal 500 2020 Mediators Hall of Fame and in Tier 3 of UK Mediators in the same publication. He is rated as both a Global and UK National Leader in Mediation Who’s Who Legal 2020. He has also completed Investor-State Mediation training with ICSID/CEDR/IMI. 

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a Chartered Arbitrator (CIArb) and has handed down around 80 arbitration awards, including under the arbitration rules of the ICC and the LCIA. He is an Aspiring Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

Michael accepts instructions as arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator. He is on the panels of neutrals of many of the leading UK and international private dispute resolution institutions, including CEDR, CIArb, DIAC, ACICA, SIAC, HKIAC, as well as the RICS Dispute Board Register.

Portsmouth Grammar School; The University of Southampton (1969-1972)- LLB.
Present Position
Full time third party neutral- Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator
Member, ArbDB Chambers, London, the UAE, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Professional Career
1972- 1987- In-house Counsel with two multinational food and beverage companies.
1987- 2011- Partner in City of London law firms, latterly with what was then Charles Russell LLP, as Head of Intellectual Property Litigation and a Member of the firm’s international arbitration group.
Barrister, Middle Temple, London, United Kingdom; Solicitor, England & Wales
FCIArb; Chartered Arbitrator
CEDR Accredited Mediator; IMI Certified Mediator.

Panel Memberships
AAA/ICDR, ACICA, ADGM, AIAC, CEDR, CIArb, Clerksroom, CPR, DIAC, HKIAC, IPOS Mediation, the Law Society of England & Wales, RIBA, QICDRC, RICS Dispute Board Register, SCCA, SCMA, SIMI, UK Adjudicators, WIPO.
Professional Memberships
Civil Mediation Council (UK), FACICA, FAIADR, FCIArb, The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, IMI Certified Mediator, The London Maritime Arbitrators Association (Aspiring Full Member), SIArb, SIMI, the Society for Computers & Law, the Society of Construction Law, 
Completed Dispute Board Training with the DBF and has also conducted dispute board training and mediation training for the CIArb and the AIAC (formerly the KLRCA) and mediation training for the Energy Charter Secretariat. Completed Investor-State Mediator Training with ICSID/ The World Bank/CEDR/IMI, 2018.
Judge and Arbitrator at the International Maritime Arbitration Moot, Rotterdam, 2019.
Judge and Arbitrator at the Vis East Moot.
Panellist at GAR Live Abu Dhabi, 2017 and 2018.
Panellist at the International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators, Copenhagen, 2017 and Rio d Janeiro 2020.
Panellist at the 21st Gulf Engineering Council Forum, Bahrain, 2018.
Co-Moderator, the Mediators’ New Breakfast Club, London.
Who’s Who Legal- Mediation 2020.
Legal 500- Mediation 2020.
Experience as a Third Party Neutral
Michael has handed down over 95 arbitral awards and conducted over 260 mediations. He has also previously worked on transport infrastructure projects in Eastern Europe (under FIDIC Contracts) and appeared before Dispute Boards in that region.
Michael is currently acting or has acted as arbitrator, mediator or adjudicator in the following matters, including under the rules of the ICC, the DIFC-LCIA, AAA/ICDR:

  • Family and Family Business Disputes

  • Shareholder and property dispute in the Channel Islands.

  • Cross-border Intellectual Property Licensing Dispute.

  • Licensing dispute in pharmaceuticals.

  • Major transport infrastructure project in the United Kingdom.

  • Public Procurement Dispute in the energy sector in the United Kingdom.

  • Intellectual Property Disputes in the United Kingdom and cross-border.

  • Intellectual Property dispute between US and European entities in the automotive industry.

  • Expert Determination of a dispute relating to a hotel management contract in Asia.

  • Shareholder dispute on a joint venture in the UAE.

  • Insurance dispute relating to an offshore oil installation.

  • Cargo and Charterparty disputes, all cross-border.

  • Professional negligence and fidelity dispute relating to a law firm.

  • Partnership dispute in private equity.

  • Insurance dispute on a catastrophic fire in retail premises.

  • International contractual disputes, including relating to the UAE.

  • Domain Name adjudications for WIPO (one person and three person Panels).

  • Construction disputes.


English, French and German.