Michael Dillon

Barrister (Legal Consultant) - Arbitration

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Michael is a barrister in our arbitration team. His practice focuses on complex contractual disputes.  Since moving to Dubai, he has advised a large number of both local and large international clients in high value arbitrations. These have included significant commercial disputes and a wide variety of construction disputes, including representing subcontractors, main contractors and developers in the UAE construction sector.  

Michael assists his clients in arbitrations in a number of regional and international centres, including the ICC, DIFC-LCIA and DIAC. Michael also regularly advises clients on the enforcement of arbitration awards in local and DIFC Courts and regularly represents clients in a wide variety of DIFC Court proceedings, including regarding interim relief and appellate proceedings.

Admitted to the Bar of Ireland and appeared before the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies as the Deputy Attorney General for 4 and half years, Michael received his Bachelor of Civil Law (International) and his Ph.D. from University College Dublin, Ireland and graduated as a Barrister from The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin, Ireland. Michael has also authored the leading text on the Criminal Law of Intoxication, which was cited with approval by the Supreme Court of Ireland in DPP v Eadon [2019] IESC 98.

Michael's recent experience includes:

  • Advising and representing one of the world’s largest construction companies in a high value arbitration on non-payment of certified payment certificates. The case concerns the interpretation of payment terms. extension of time provisions and the quantum of damages for delay events.
  • Advising and representing Employers in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving applications in Qatar and UAE concerning disputes on venue, jurisdiction and payment provisions in a large infrastructural project.
  • Advising and representing the Employer in a complex arbitration of a health care provider’s ongoing failures in operating two hospitals.
  • Acted for 3 years on a daily basis for the Financial Services Ombudsman in Ireland. Advised the formulation of investigative questions by the Ombudsman to all financial institutions including banks, insurance/assurance companies, brokers, investment funds and intermediaries. Provided drafting services and expert advice to the Ombudsman on the final resolution of all financial services disputes.
  • Michael managed the civil litigation department of the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands including personally appearing in the appellate courts as the second most senior government lawyer in major legal challenges including constitutional, extradition (including the alleged mastermind of an estimated US$1 billion-dollar Ponzi scheme fraud) and planning and environmental matters.
  • Arbitration
  • Civil & Commercial Disputes
  • Construction Disputes
  • Public law
  • Healthcare law
  • Planning and Development law
  • Employment Law

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