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Michelle is a partner in the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources practice. She is a specialist arbitration lawyer with over 25 years of experience. Her practice focuses on the Middle East, advising on major oil & gas and construction and infrastructure disputes.

She represents clients in arbitration proceedings under the major international and regional arbitration rules including the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, DIAC and ADCCAC seated in Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman.


  • University of Bristol, LL.B.

  • England and Wales
  • The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department

  • DIFC Courts – Part lI

  • Rights of Audience, Dubai International Finance Centre, (DIFC), 2012
  • Advocate and Solicitor (England and Wales), 2005

Awards & Recognition

  • Shortlisted for Construction Lawyer of the Year and UAE Lawyer of the Year at the Legal 500 Middle East and North Africa Awards, 2024
  • Ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global for United Arab Emirates Construction: Dispute Resolution, 2019-2024
  • Listed as "Hall of Fame" in The Legal 500 EMEA for UAE Construction, 2019-2024
  • Ranked as a Global Elite Thought Leader for Construction in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite, 2001-2024
  • Ranked for Arbitration in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2024