Michael frequently reviews, advises on and prepares construction contracts for major projects, particularly the FIDIC suite of contract conditions. He has drafted amendments to these conditions to adapt them for use in the Gulf.
Michael has also represented parties in many of the regions' largest and most high profile construction and engineering disputes. As a result, he has considerable experience of conducting arbitration in the Gulf, including as an arbitrator appointed by the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. He is familiar with proceedings in the Dubai International Financial Centre having, amongst other things, acted for a main contractor in the first construction case to come to trial in the DIFC Courts.
He is the author of the first book on construction law in the Gulf, "Construction Law in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). He has presented papers at various conferences including the Commercial Law Conference in Bahrain for members of the region's judiciary at the invitation of the United States Department of Commerce, the first international conference of the Society of Construction Law as well as the first conference of the Gulf branch of the Society of Construction Law in Dubai.
Michael was the first legal advisor to the UAE branch of The Lighthouse Club, the worldwide construction charity and chairman of the benevolent fund from 2005 until 2011. He is recommended in the top tier of all the leading independent legal directories including Who's Who Legal, Chambers Global and Legal 500.