Michael Davison

Michael Davison

Deputy CEO

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 5981

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish, French

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

'Undoubtedly one of the leading practitioners in Europe'

Legal 500 2012

Michael Davison is Deputy CEO of Hogan Lovells. For close to 30 years, he has been helping clients avoid disputes and from 2014 to 2020 he was the sole head of the firm's global Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice, comprising 200 partners and 800 lawyers across 45+ offices. The team has advised 73 of the Fortune 100, 40 of the FTSE 100 and 24 of the DAX 30. As a London arbitration lawyer he has handled some of the most complex international cases. Michael has tried cases under the rules of all 10 major arbitration centres – in Latin America, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Before relocating to London, Michael worked in the firm's Paris office for six years, where he qualified as a French avocat. He is also a Solicitor Advocate and trained mediator.

Michael acts regularly in arbitrations for clients in the automotive, aerospace, defense, energy, and telecom industries. He has a particular interest in energy and commodities law. Michael sits as an arbitrator, acts as a mediator, and lectures on arbitration topics.

Described by The Legal 500 as "undoubtedly one of the leading practitioners in Europe", and by Chambers UK as "absolutely brilliant", Michael is frequently invited to speak at conferences on arbitration issues.

Awards and recognitions


Named in the International Arbitration Power List
Legal 500


Dispute Resolution, Band 1 Ranking Practice
Chambers Global


Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, Leading Individual
Legal 500 UK

Education and admissions


MA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, Lincoln College, 1985

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

Senior Courts of England

Supreme Court of the Republic of Ireland

Representative experience

Acting for Victor Pinchuk in an arbitration between him and Ukrainian business interests.

Acting for telecommunications companies in disputes in a Cairo Centre arbitration with its seat in Cairo.

Acting for an automotive manufacturer over a collapsed alliance in an ICC arbitration with its seat in London.

Acting for investors and governments in various investment treaty cases.

Acting for a major pharmaceutical company in a dispute over its share purchase agreement arising out of business in Eastern Europe.

Acting for an oil company terminating joint ventures in North Africa, through ICC arbitrations with their seat in Paris.

Acting for a major project management company in a dispute over an infrastructure project in the Middle East.

Acting for a Russian telecommunications company in three parallel LCIA arbitrations arising out of share purchase transactions with their seat in London.

Acting for companies making applications under the English 1996 Arbitration Act.

Acting for companies involved in the enforcement of awards in off-shore jurisdictions, including Cyprus, BVI, Cayman and Bermuda.

Acting for a Romanian media company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a share purchase agreement in an ICC arbitration with its seat in London.

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