Michael Davison

Michael Davison

Partner, London

Email michael.davison@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 5981

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish, French

Practice groupLitigation

'Undoubtedly one of the leading practitioners in Europe'

Legal 500 2012

Michael Davison is head of the firm’s Litigation, Arbitration and Employment Practice Group. For close to 30 years, he has been helping clients avoid disputes. He is currently working from the London office as an arbitration lawyer, handling the most complex international cases. When settlement isn’t possible, and cases need to be tried, he takes clients’ matters all the way. Michael has tried cases under the rules of all 10 major arbitration centres —in Latin America, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Before relocating to London, Michael worked in the firm’s Paris office for six years, where he qualified as a French avocat. He is also a Solicitor Advocate and trained mediator.

Michael acts regularly in arbitrations for clients in the automotive, aerospace, defense, energy, and telecom industries. He has a particular interest in energy and commodities law. Michael sits as an arbitrator, acts as a mediator, and lectures on arbitration topics.

Described by The Legal 500 as "undoubtedly one of the leading practitioners in Europe," and by Chambers Global 2014 as a "leader in his field” in international arbitration, law, and dispute resolution, Michael is frequently invited to speak at conferences on arbitration issues.

Awards and recognitions


Dispute Resolution
Chambers UK


International Arbitration (Global-wide)
Chambers Global


International Arbitration (Europe-wide)
Chambers Global

Public International Law, Notable Practitioner
Chambers UK


Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (France)
Chambers Global

Education and admissions


MA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, Lincoln College, 1985

Representative experience

Acting for Victor Pinchuk in an arbitration between him and Ukrainian business interests.

Acting for telecommunications companies in disputes in a Cairo Centre arbitration with its seat in Cairo.

Acting for an automotive manufacturer over a collapsed alliance in an ICC arbitration with its seat in London.

Acting for investors and governments in various investment treaty cases.

Acting for a major pharmaceutical company in a dispute over its share purchase agreement arising out of business in Eastern Europe.

Acting for an oil company terminating joint ventures in North Africa, through ICC arbitrations with their seat in Paris.

Acting for a major project management company in a dispute over an infrastructure project in the Middle East.

Acting for a Russian telecommunications company in three parallel LCIA arbitrations arising out of share purchase transactions with their seat in London.

Acting for companies making applications under the English 1996 Arbitration Act.

Acting for companies involved in the enforcement of awards in off-shore jurisdictions, including Cyprus, BVI, Cayman and Bermuda.

Acting for a Romanian media company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a share purchase agreement in an ICC arbitration with its seat in London.

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