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Michael Payton

Chairman, London

Michael is the Chairman of Clyde & Co.

Michael previously served as Senior Partner of the firm, a position to which he was elected at the age of 39, from 1984 to 2013. During this time, Michael was voted 'Senior Partner of the Year' at the 2004 Legal Business Awards 2004 and again at the 2011 British Legal Awards in recognition of his extensive contribution to the growth and internationalisation of the Clyde & Co.

Michael has acted for underwriters and insurers worldwide on most of the significant international insurance problems of recent years. Chambers UK 2013 named Michael as a 'senior statesman' in the field of insurance and reinsurance.

Michael was the Chairman of the Solicitors Indemnity Mutual Insurance Association from 1986 until 2007. He has been Chairman of the British Maritime Law Association since 1996. He holds various Non-Executive Directorships in the insurance industry. He was a member of the UK Judicial Delegation to India in 2008 for discussions with the President and Judges of the Indian Supreme Court.

Michael has also been recognised for his wider dispute resolution expertise and was listed as a leading individual in the 2009 Global Arbitration Review, in which the firm was ranked 11th out of the top 100 global arbitration practices.