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Investor-State Mediation
IMI Certified Mediator
Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Copyright and IP, Energy, Infrastructure, Insurance, Maritime, Technology
English, French, German
EQP - Experience Qualification Path (Historic)
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Michael Cover is a Member of ArbDB Chambers, which provides his services in the areas of mediation, arbitration and dispute boards. He has over 30 years' experience as a solicitor, both in private practice as in-house counsel. 

He is an accredited mediator with CEDR, ADR Chambers and ADR Group and has been involved in around 230 mediations. He is a member of the mediation panel of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a number of other UK and International Institutions, including the DIAC, the ACICA and the AIAC. 

Michael regularly mediates a wide variety of disputes relating to intellectual property, IT, computer law, competition and anti-trust law, sports and media ( including music ), life sciences, financial services, insurance, infrastructure and the maritime area. 

He is a regular writer, speaker and presenter on ADR topics and has recently been involved in mediation awareness training with the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels and the development of standards for investor-state mediation. He has a particular interest in the mediation of cross-cultural disputes and has mediated disputes in the French language.

Michael was accredited in 2003 and, since then has been involved in over 230 mediations. These have included:


* a cross-border dispute between a supplier of raw materials and its customer in the pharmaceutical industry.
* a dispute on the supply of packaging containing allegedly toxic material.
* a number of disputes between recruitment agencies and their clients.

Intellectual Property

* a dispute involving patents and designs between two competing companies in the engineering sector.
* a dispute relating to confidential information following a corporate transaction.
* a cross-border patent dispute.


* a dispute between a US and a German software company.
* a multi-jurisdictional dispute between US and UK software companies.


* a dispute between a publishing house and two compsers of rock music.

Competition ( anti-trust law )

* a dispute involving two pharmaceutical companies relating to pricing.
* public procurement disputes

Michael seeks to build rapport with the parties and their advisers. He is also prepared to use an evaluative approach to reality test the parties respective positions when necessary.

Intellectual Property ( patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, domain names ); IT; computer law; competition and anti-trust; commercial contracts; international contractual disputes; sports and media; music; professional indemnity; banking and financial services; investor-state; maritime disputes; life sciences and pharma.

Negotiable around market rate- £2,500 to £4,500 per day, depending on the size and complexity of the dispute.

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Chartered Arbitrator; 

Fellow of the Asian Institute of ADR;

Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators;

Member, ArbDB Chambers, the Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Board Chambers.

Training and Education

CEDR Accredited Mediator 2003.

ADR Group Accredited Mediator 2004.

Advanced mediation training with the International Trade Mark Association.

IMI Certified Mediator.

Completes Investor State Mediator training with the World Bank, IMI and CEDR.

Member of the Faculty for MMI/ CEDR Mediation Awareness Training with the Energy Charter Secretariat, Brussels, January 2016.

Member of the Faculty for the AIAC (KLRCA) Mediation Forum November 2016.

Member of the Faculty for CIArb Mediator Training in Kuala Lumpur, 2017.

Teaching at the IP Law Summer School at Downing College, Cambridge on Arbitration and Mediation, Summer 2018.


Arbitrating Competition Law Cases- Journal of the Chartered Institue of Arbitrators, February 2008.

How about mediating competition Cases- Journal of the Chartered Institue of Arbitrators, May 2008.

Co-presenter of a workshop on Mediating IP Disputes at the CIArb Mediation Symposium, the Key Challenges Facing Mediators, London, September 2008.

Founder and Co-Convener of the Mediators' New Breakfast Club, London.


IMI Code of Professional Conduct
Codes of Conduct of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process

Westminster Indemnity; limit of indemnity £2 million.

Michael Cover
Barrister, Accredited Mediator And Chartered Arbitrator
ArbDB Chambers
United Kingdom
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