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MICHAEL STEPHENS

Qualifications

BA (Hons), FCIArb

Qualified Dispute Resolver, accredited by the Academy of Experts

Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland

Registered practitioner with rights of audience in the DIFC Courts, Dubai

Recommendations

International Lawyer of the Year, Birmingham Law Society 2015

Publications

Various on arbitration and ADR for institute or in-house journals

Appointments

Recorder (Crown Court, County Court and Technology and Construction Court)

Tribunal Judge (First-tier, Social Entitlement Chamber; Valuation Tribunal)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experienced senior barrister who has practised from chambers in Birmingham since 1985
  • Broad spectrum of work carried out by Michael covers all aspects of the litigation and ADR processesBuilding Services Engineer
  • He has experience of claims relating to delay and disruption, extensions of time, liquidated damages, defects, variations and valuations claims.
  • Act as an adjudicator under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.
  • Michael trained as a mediator in 1996 and has acted as a sole mediator in a variety of types of dispute, in particular, construction, professional negligence, property and business matters

SUMMARY

Michael is an experienced senior barrister who has practised from chambers in Birmingham since 1985. His work in recent years has focused particularly on dispute resolution and the use of ADR, leading him to obtain further professional qualifications. The broad spectrum of work carried out by Michael covers all aspects of the litigation and ADR processes.

Michael has undertaken contentious construction related work, including professional negligence claims, in relation to domestic and commercial properties and engineering projects. He has experience of claims relating to delay and disruption, extensions of time, liquidated damages, defects, variations and valuations claims. With his interest and expertise in construction law, Michael is well placed to act as an adjudicator under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

Michael’s commercial expertise includes an appreciation of insolvency issues and the effect of them on project management.

Michael trained as a mediator in 1996 and has acted as a sole mediator in a variety of types of dispute, in particular, construction, professional negligence, property and business matters. He abides by the European Code of Conduct for mediators. He adopts a facilitative style, underpinned by sound commercial sense and a willingness to help the parties reach not simply a compromise but the agreement that is right for them and has enjoyed considerable success in ensuring the successful outcome of the mediation process.

Michael is also an experienced arbitrator, familiar with both domestic and international rules. He is a member of a number of panels and has spoken frequently on arbitration topics, both in the UK and at international events. As well as acting as advocate in arbitration, Michael has been appointed on many occasions as sole arbitrator, the appointments having been made by institutions as well as by party agreement. The areas covered by his awards include: partnership disputes, professional liability of lawyers, construction projects, sale of businesses and property disputes. He is able to manage any reference through to full oral hearing if required or to deal with matters simply on the papers.

Memberships and Associations

Middle Temple (Blackstone Exhibitioner, Bencher)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (President 2014, member of Mediation Panel)
Bar Council ADR Committee
TECBAR (member of Arbitration, Mediation and Adjudication Panels)
Adjudication Society (member of Adjudicator Panel)
Society of Construction Law
Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
British Association for Sport and Law
British Irish Commercial Bar Association
Fellow, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Malaysia Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Panel of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
Panel of foreign arbitrators, CIETAC
Panel of Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
Fellow, Association of Forensic & Advanced Valuation Executives