Michael Cover

Professional Activities / Present Position:

Independent Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator and Conflict Avoidance and Dispute Board Member,

Career History:

  • 2008 to date Member, ArbDB Chambers, the Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Board Chambers; Principal, Michael Cover ADR Limited

  • 2005 – 2010 Partner, Dispute Resolution Group, Charles Russell LLP

  • 1999 – 2004 Partner, Dispute Resolution Group, City Law Firms Faegre & Benson and Mishcon de Reya

  • 1987 – 1999 Partner, Dispute Resolution and Commercial Groups, Davies Arnold Cooper

  • 1973 – 1987 In-House Counsel with two major UK corporations

Sector Expertise:

  • IP and Technology

  • Insurance

  • Energy

  • Major Projects

  • Maritime

  • Defence

  • International Trade Disputes

Dispute Resolution Experience:

Sitting as sole arbitrator in International Trade Disputes; Cross-Border Licensing and Contractual Disputes; Public Procurement Disputes; Shareholder Disputes; handed down over 65 awards.

Mediator in over 220 mediations, many of a Cross-Border or Cross-Cultural nature

Numerous Adjudications as a World Intellectual Property Organisation Domain Name Panellist.

Contract Form Familiarity:

FIDIC "Rainbow Suite" of Contracts

Membership of Professional Bodies and Learned Societies:

FCIArb; Chartered Arbitrator; FACICA; FSIArb; Certified Mediator with the International Mediation Institute, The Hague; Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (Aspiring Full Member); Trained as an Investor State Dispute Mediator (ICSID, ECT and CEDR)

Panel Listings and Appointments:

CIArb Panels of Arbitrators and Mediators; Arbitration Panel of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre; Mediation Panel of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration; AIAC Arbitration, Adjudication and Mediation Panels. CEDR Mediation and Arbitration Panels; Law Society Arbitration and Mediation Panels; WIPO List of Neutrals; RICS Dispute Board Register

Judge at the UK Mediation Skills Competition 2015 and the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, Paris 2014; Convener of the Mediators' New Breakfast Club; Speaker at the Gulf Engineering Forum, Bahrain, 2018 and GAR Live Abu Dhabi, 2018

Educational Qualifications:

  • LLB The University of Southampton, England

  • Accredited Mediator, CEDR 2002

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2006

  • Chartered Arbitrator 2008


English, French and German

For more information or to discuss Michael’s availability or fees, please contact the Clerk to ArbDB Chambers, Martin Poulter, on +44 (0)20 3514 9020 or by email martin.poulter@arbdb.com

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