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Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Banking and finance
  • Commercial law
  • Civil fraud
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Arbitration and mediation


Michael is an experienced international commercial arbitrator practising principally from Singapore and London.

Before joining the English Bar he was a solicitor and a partner in a major international law firm, Norton Rose, where he managed the Paris office and the firm’s international arbitration group. Michael has over 30 years’ experience of practising commercial litigation in the English High Court and international arbitration, as well as coordinating and overseeing overseas litigation.

Michael has a wide-ranging practice as an international arbitrator. He has served as a member of the tribunal in over 150 international arbitrations administered under the rules of various international arbitration institutions. These have included the SIAC, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, ICSID and AAA, as well as ad hoc arbitrations and those under UNCITRAL rules.

Arbitrations in which he has been appointed have included disputes in the fields of energy supply, oil and gas, agency, joint ventures, expropriation and engineering, as well as finance and banking, involving a variety of national laws and jurisdictions. Michael is on the panel of international arbitrators of the AAA, SIAC, HKIAC, Beijing Arbitration Commission, Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration) and Indian Council of Arbitration.

Michael is also a Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator.


  • CIArb: Fellow
  • ICC Commission on International Arbitration
  • ICC Court of International Arbitration: former UK Member
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators: Fellow

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Michael LeeTwenty Essex