Michael Cover

Solicitor, Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator

Client Feedback:
“(Michael’s) skills as a mediator enabled the ill-will that was evident at the outset to be diffused”

Michael Cover is a solicitor (now non-practising) and full-time independent ADR professional with 20 years’ experience. He has undertaken over 260 mediations related to claims across a broad spectrum of sectors and is considered to be one of the leading mediators of ICT and Intellectual Property disputes. In addition to his CEDR accreditation, Michael has been accredited as a mediator by the International Trade Mark Association and also as a family and family business mediator. He now has a broad practice as a third party neutral, mediator, arbitrator (over 100 awards handed down) and adjudicator.

Michael has particular interest in international and cross-cultural disputes and, as a linguist, he has conducted mediations in French. He also speaks German.

Professional Background
Michael qualified as a Barrister in 1973 and a Solicitor in 1988. He spent 15 years as In-House Counsel and then moved into private practice. He has a wide interest in ADR and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator, as well as a World Intellectual Property Organisation Domain Name Panellist. He was recently trained as an Investor State Mediator under the auspices of the World Bank/ICSID, IMI and CEDR.


  • Commercial Contracts
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Family and Family Business
  • ICT
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Maritime
  • Partnership & Shareholder
  • Property
  • Sale of Goods & Services
  • Sport
  • Trusts, Wills & Probate