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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.

She focuses her practice on the resolution of complex disputes both through adjudication and arbitration. She has experience in the civil, mechanical, electrical and process engineering disciplines across EPC, EPCM, remeasurable, turnkey, and consultancy agreements, both standard form and bespoke. Her practice has a strong international focus, having worked on projects in Chile, Russia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the UK, Australia and Nigeria.

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, including the South African Law Journal and the Stellenbosch Law Review.

She is one of Africa’s top 50 young arbitration lawyers, as awarded by the Association of Young Arbitrators for 2020. She has been ranked by Chambers and the Legal 500 during 2016, 2017 and 2019 for her work in South Africa’s construction sector. She is a 2020 Acritas Legal Star awarded annually to client nominated, stand out lawyer across the globe.

News & insights

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Publications: 21 SEPTEMBER 2021

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Build Back Better Act – proposals related to Tax Credits and Clean Energy

On 10 September 2021 the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee proposed a range of green energy tax incentives (the “Bill”) to be enacted through the budget reconciliation process. The chairman of the…

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News: 21 SEPTEMBER 2021

A&O launches English law webinar series for Turkey, Russia and CIS

English law in a local market context

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Blog Post: 20 SEPTEMBER 2021

Common mistakes in eDiscovery and how to avoid them

eDiscovery mistakes made during an investigation can add unnecessary delay, cost and, at worst, impact the quality and nature of evidence available.  With the right knowledge and planning, these…

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News: 15 SEPTEMBER 2021

Investment in Africa as A&O makes strategic hires in Banking and Project Finance

Allen & Overy is expanding its Sub-Saharan Africa Banking and Projects practices in Johannesburg with the arrival of three new partners. Ryan Nelson, Alexandra Clüver and Alessandra Pardini will join…

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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).