Michael is an "excellent, hands on and savvy operator" (Chambers UK 2013) and a recognised international disputes and arbitration specialist. He has considerable knowledge of the Black Sea region and advises on both hard and soft commodity issues.

Michael specialises in international dispute resolution governed by arbitration bodies including ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, and ICC as well as trade association tribunals such as GAFTA, FOSFA, CTF, LME, SAL and RSA.

In addition to arbitration work, Michael advises clients on disputes before the English High Court and in the context of private mediations.

His remit also covers advising on international sanction regimes as well as issues arising out of the OECD bribery and corruption convention.

Michael is “lauded for his ‘fresh no-nonsense approach to legal issues.’ ... acting for a major European-based aluminium trader in an ICSID arbitration with the government of Azerbaijan over the seizure of production assets.” Chambers 2010

Michael has contributed a chapter on “Commodity Arbitration” to “Arbitration in England” (2013) edited by Julian Lew QC and published by Kluwer.