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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


Michael Cover , LLB FCIArb

Michael Cover has over 30 years experience as a Solicitor, both in private practice and as in-house Counsel.

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Michael has combined a 30-year career as a lawyer in private practice and industry with involvement in a range of leisure and legal information companies. He has, therefore, a rare mixture of legal and business experience and, although this allows him to get straight to the heart of contentious issues, it is perhaps his grasp of disputants’ psychology that makes him such a successful mediator and arbitrator. He has a broad mediation practice, although he is particularly strong on intellectual property and IT, and is particularly adept at helping to solve cross-cultural and cross-border disputes.

•    Advertising & marketing
•    Agriculture
•    Commercial agency, EU regulations & distribution agreements
•    Commercial contracts
•    Construction & property
•    Divorce
•    Fashion
•    Financial services
•    Franchising
•    Intellectual property, trademark, patents & copyright
•    Insurance
•    Information technology (IT)/Telecoms
•    Media, entertainment & the arts
•    Motorsport
•    Music
•    Outsourcing
•    Partnership disputes
•    Professional negligence
•    Public sector
•    Publishing
•    Shareholder disputes
•    Sport
•    Transport and logistics
•    Trusts, wills, probate and inheritance

Career history
2010 – present: Independent commercial mediator and arbitrator
2005 - 2010: Partner in Dispute Resolution, Charles Russell LLP and commercial mediator
1987-2005: Partner in IP/IT and dispute resolution in various City law firms; shareholder in various private companies
1973-1987: In-house Counsel in food and drinks companies

Professional qualifications and affiliations
CEDR Accredited Mediator (2002)
ADR Group accredited (Civil & Commercial to Family hybrid conversion programme)
FCIArb and Chartered Arbitrator
Member of PIM Senior Mediators
Member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation
Judge at the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition and the UK Mediation Skills Competition