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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

A coal power plant in Vietnam

Publications: 21 OCTOBER 2021

Indonesia passes carbon tax bill as part of GHG regulation effort

There are two important legislative developments in Indonesia as the country attempts to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement. Indonesia’s House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat…

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System of pipes

Publications: 19 OCTOBER 2021

Carbon transport and storage in the UK

Today the UK Government has announced which two carbon transport and storage clusters have been successful in the initial phase of the UK Government's carbon capture, usage and storage cluster…

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Three colleagues discussing data on charts and tablets

Publications: 18 OCTOBER 2021

Green pass: the obligation of green certifications in the working environments

The measures on the obligation to possess Green Certification Covid-19 for employees in the public and private sectors taking effect from 15 October 2021.

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Publications: 12 OCTOBER 2021

Hong Kong's personal data law given new teeth - what they mean for businesses

The Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 (the Ordinance) came into effect on 8 October 2021.

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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).