Michael Davar is a senior associate in the International Dispute Resolution and Litigation practices in London.
The Legal 500 2023 highlights Michael as a key lawyer for both international arbitration and commercial litigation – mid market. He is described as a practitioner that “really cares about his cases and clients … is keen to identify all the points that might help them, and is always looking for an innovative angle”.
The Legal 500 2022 also highlights Michael as a key lawyer for both international arbitration and commercial litigation – mid market, describing him as “extremely diligent, helpful, courteous and professional”.
The Legal 500 2021 describes him as “a rising star”.
Michael is a disputes specialist. He advises on an extensive book of cases covering the energy, shipping, international trade, construction and financial industries.
His cases have set English legal precedent. He is a named arbitrator in the Georgian International Arbitration Centre’s list of arbitrators, and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association.
He regularly speaks in conferences and for industry groups, and is the co-author of several legal volumes, including International Commercial Arbitration: 21st Century Perspectives (2016 and 2020); Oil and Gas Decommissioning: Law Policy and Comparative Practice (2016); and The Regulation of Decommissioning and Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry (2020).
Recent experience includes handling various high-value commercial cases in the English and Hong Kong courts and in arbitrations under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA and GAFTA arbitral rules.
Prior to entering the legal industry, Michael worked as an FX and fixed income trader at a hedge fund. He holds degrees in law and economic history and speaks several languages, including Russian and Georgian.
Energy, Oil and Gas, and Construction
Shipping and Shipbuilding
General Commercial and Financial Disputes