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Michael Hartley

T: +971 4 407 3925 Email Michael | vCard Office: Dubai

Michael Hartley Senior associate

Contact details

Michael Hartley

Michael Hartley
Senior associate

T: +971 4 407 3925 Email Michael | vCard Office: Dubai

Michael is a dispute resolution lawyer based in Dubai who acts for clients in the construction, oil and gas, energy and power sectors in large scale disputes in various forums (including DIFC Courts, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC).
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Michael gained a breadth of dispute resolution and litigation experience acting for various UK insurers in all manner of disputes in the courts of England and Wales (including regulatory proceedings, criminal and civil proceedings and mediation). Following his relocation to the Middle East, Michael now regularly acts as the lead associate on large scale high profile international disputes in various courts and arbitration centres (including DIFC-LICA, ICC, ADCCAC, DIAC). Consequently, Michael's clients have also required representation in enforcement proceedings in the DIFC Courts whereby applications to set-aside favourable arbitral awards have been successfully defended and recognition orders obtained.

Alongside his contentious work, Michael is often engaged to advise on or negotiate the contents of contracts as well as negotiations prior to proceedings being initiated.

Due to the international nature of Michael's case load, Michael has a great deal of experience in working alongside expert counsel to protect his client's interests in the national courts of various jurisdictions (including Kazakhstan, Iran, Egypt, Libya, Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE).

  • Dispute resolution
  • Commercial litigation
  • Shipbuilding and offshore construction
  • Projects and infrastructure

Advised a multinational insurance company (as Respondent) in dispute with a lay insured (as Claimant) under a life insurance policy valued at £500,000 with settlement being achieved by a two day mediation.

Advised a UAE construction company (as Main Contractor and respondent) in dispute with a UAE based subcontractor (as Claimant) under a design, supply and build subcontract which settled under the DIFC-LCIA Mediation Rules.

More: Dispute resolution

Advised a UAE based plant and materials leasor (as Claimant) in dispute with various clients (as Respondents) under plant hire agreements. The governing law was the laws of the UAE and proceedings were initiated in the national courts of Dubai for the recovery of debt with assistance from local UAE Counsel.

Advised a UAE technology company that provides services to the military (as Respondent) in dispute with a subcontractor (as Respondent) under a commercial consultancy agreement. The governing law was the laws of Abu Dhabi, the seat was Abu Dhabi with a three member tribunal subject to the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation Arbitration Centre ("ADCCAC") Rules. The claimant's claims valued at US$300,000 were successfully defended after the claimant withdrew its claims prior to a hearing.

Advised a UAE based construction equipment provider in third party debt proceedings brought by debtors of a liquidated entity in the national courts of Dubai.

More: Commercial litigation

Advised a shipbuilder (as Claimant) in dispute with a Middle East government entity (as Respondent) under an engineering, procurement, construction installation, commissioning and start-up (EPCIC) contract.  The governing law was the law of the State of Libya, the seat was Paris, France with a three member tribunal subject to International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") Arbitration Rules. The dispute was valued at circa US$60 million and settled under ICC arbitration rules.

Advised a Dutch oil and gas floating production company (as Main Contractor) in negotiations with a Qatari government entity (as Employer) in relation to a contract to be governed by the laws of Qatar.

Advised a commercial shipping services company (as Claimant) in dispute with an Iraqi government entity (as Respondent) under a salvage contract. The governing law of the contract was the law of the Republic of Iraq, the seat was the Dubai International Financial Centre ("DIFC") subject to the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") Arbitration Rules with a three member tribunal. After successfully obtaining an award for US$6 million, the respondent issued an application in the DIFC Courts seeking that the award be set-aside. That application was successfully defended and the award recognised by the DIFC Court.

More: Shipbuilding and offshore construction

Advised a Chinese oil and gas drilling company (as Contractor) in negotiations with a Pakistani oil field operator (as Main Contractor) under an exploratory well drilling contract in respect of a project in Iraq with claims valued at US$2 million.

Advised a helicopter and private charter airline (as Main Contractor) in negotiations with a UAE government entity (as Employer) and Italian aircraft manufacturer (as Subcontractor) in respect of a bespoke FIDIC Green Book construction contract.

Advised a UK entity (as Contractor) in negotiations with an Egyptian government entity (as Employer) regarding a build, operate and own ("BOO") contract in respect of a water processing plant connected to a desalination plant to be entered into with an Egyptian entity (as Employer). The contract is valued at US$120 million.

More: Projects and infrastructure

  • Construction and engineering

Advised a Malaysian construction company (as Main Contractor and Claimant) in dispute with an international manufacture (as Subcontractor and Respondent). The main contract with the employer was a FIDIC Red Book contract and the subcontract was determined by the arbitrator following a 'battle of the forms'.  The governing law was the law of the UAE, the seat was the DIFC with a sole arbitrator subject to the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules. The dispute concerned the installation of equipment in a district cooling plant in the UAE. After successfully obtaining a favourable award for US$5.5million, the Claimant successfully applied to have the award recognised by the DIFC Courts for enforcement in the UAE.

Advised a joint venture power provision company (as Main Contractor and Claimant) in dispute with a Saudi Arabian government entity (as Employer) under a series of energy conversion agreements relating to the construction of three electrical power and steam cogeneration plants valued at US$200 million. The governing law was the laws of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the seat was Paris, France with a three member tribunal subject to the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") Arbitration Rules.

Advised a UAE construction company (as Main Contractor and Respondent) in dispute with a UAE based contractor (as Claimant and Subcontractor) in respect of variations to the scope of works supplied under a design, supply and build subcontract for a high profile UAE project. The governing law was the law of the UAE, the seat was Abu Dhabi with a sole arbitrator under the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre ("ADCCAC") Arbitration Rules. The dispute was valued at US$11 million.

More: Construction and engineering

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