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Michelle Porter-Wright



Porter-Wright Michelle
Michelle Porter-Wright



Michelle is a counsel in Allen & Overy’s Johannesburg office. She focuses her practice on the resolution of complex disputes in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, 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 and Nigeria.

During 2016 and 2017, Michelle was ranked by Chambers Global for her work in South Africa’s construction sector. She holds an MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from King’s College, London.

She is published in the South African Law Journal, the Stellenbosch Law Review, and the International Arbitration Review.

News & insights

News: 13 DECEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy bolsters team with the appointment of arbitration Partner Anna Masser in Frankfurt

Allen & Overy continues to expand its German Dispute Resolution practice with the appointment of Anna Masser, who is due to join the firm's Frankfurt office as a partner on 1 February 2020. A respected international arbitration expert, she will head up Allen & Overy’s German Arbitration practice and will focus on international commercial arbitration in particular. She joins from Jones Day, where she was made partner at the beginning of the year.

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Publications: 12 DECEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy publishes seventh edition of The Business and Human Rights Review

Allen & Overy’s Human Rights Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of the seventh edition of The Business and Human Rights Review.  

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News: 10 DECEMBER 2019

Artificial intelligence is the most significant risk to businesses globally, according to directors

When asked about global risks affecting their businesses, nearly three fifths (58%) of directors stated that technological advances (artificial intelligence and machine learning) are the most significant threat. This is according to the seventh annual Directors’ Liability report by international law firm Allen & Overy, in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the global risk advisory and insurance broker.

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Publications: 03 APRIL 2019

South Africa’s adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law: evolution in the practice and procedure of arbitration

South Africa’s recent adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law for the purposes of international arbitration has been widely celebrated. In a jurisdiction where the statutory framework for the conduct of, and approach to, arbitration had all but stagnated, this move heralds a welcome alignment with global best practice and positions South Africa to become a preferred seat for the resolution of disputes across 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).