Michael Black QC has practiced as an international arbitration lawyer for nearly 40 years both as Advocate and Arbitrator. The guides have referred to his extensive experience in disputes related to the construction, energy and funds sectors and that “sources consider him a ‘great name’ in London and internationally”. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on civil procedure. In England he served 4 years on Lord Woolf’s Civil Procedure Rule Committee and a further 4 years on the Civil Justice Council. He was the principal draughtsman of the DIFC Court Rules and Arbitration Law. He assisted in the draughtsmanship of the CIMAC arbitration rules and the rules of the new BVI Arbitration Centre. He is currently working on the court and arbitration laws and rules for the new Astana Financial Centre. He is a member of ICC UK National Committee and the ICC Commission Task Force on Emergency Arbitrators. He was for nearly 20 years a deputy judge of the London Technology and Construction Court and latterly a deputy High Court judge. He is a visiting professor at Manchester University and a Visiting Scholar at National Chengchi University, Taiwan.