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Michelle Porter-Wright



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Michelle Porter-Wright



Michelle is counsel in Allen & Overy’s global disputes practice group. She advises owners, contractors and consultants in the administration of contracts and the resolution of disputes on major infrastructure projects.

Michelle works both domestically, within South Africa, and as part of Allen & Overy’s global construction arbitration offering.

In recent years, she has been involved in some of the world’s largest construction disputes.

Michelle has a masters degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from King's College, University of London. She is published in several peer reviewed academic journals.

Michelle has been ranked by all major directories for her work in South Africa’s construction sector, including Legal500, Chambers, and Who's Who Legal (WWL). She is one of Africa’s top 50 young arbitration lawyers, as awarded by the Association of Young Arbitrators.

She sits on the board of Africa Construction Law, a non profit pan African initiative to promote and develop construction law expertise in Africa.



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Attorney, South Africa, 2011


MSc, Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, King’s College London, 2016

LLB, University of Cape Town, 2008

BSc, University of Cape Town, 2005


Published work

Stellenbosch Law Review – "NEC3 ECC clause 10.1 : an enforceable contractual duty of trust and co-operation in the construction industry?" - (2017)

The South African Law Journal (SALJ) - "Private ordering and dispute resolution" - (2018).