Michael Frisby


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Michael Frisby

Michael deals with international arbitration, litigation, adjudication and ADR.

Michael trained in London and joined Stevens & Bolton in 1990. He became a partner in 1997.

He provides risk management advice for clients in a variety of sectors including manufacturing and distribution, life sciences, construction and engineering, IT, and insurance. Much of his work is international in nature, acting on cross border disputes.

Recent highlights include:

  • Global Display Solutions Ltd & ors v NCR Financial Solutions Group Ltd & ors – acting for Italian owned GDS group companies in claims against US owned NCR Corporation and group companies for damages for deceit, breach of contract, unlawful means conspiracy and intimidation. Also defending counterclaims for rectification of an agreement. More information is available here.
  • CI Plus LLP v ImpexSat GmbH & Co KG – acting for CI Plus LLP, (owned by Sony, Samsung, TP Vision, Panasonic, Neotion and SMIT) to obtain final injunctions, damages and costs in respect of breaches of a licence to use the CI Plus technical specification in electronic devices such as televisions and set top boxes
  • Acting for liquidators of a state owned mining company, defending claims for damages arising out of the sale of mining interests in South Africa in an LCIA arbitration seated in London
  • Acting for vendors in claims arising out of the sale of their interest in a media sales business to a US corporate, owned by a high-profile US tech entrepreneur. The claim brought in LCIA arbitral proceedings concerned alleged breaches of covenants and allegations of bad faith and a counterclaim was brought by our clients. The claim was defeated and an award made in favour of our clients on their counterclaim and for costs

Reported cases include:

  • Combined Power v European Development Company – acting for a power company in claims under contract for installation of CHP units and energy supply
  • Temple Legal Protection v QBE – concerning the meaning of a phrase commonly found in Lloyd’s Non-Marine Binding Authority Agreements and agent’s entitlement to conduct run-off. The issue arose in the course of the challenge of an award under S 69 Arbitration Act 1996 before the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Cable & Wireless v IBM and Compass Management Consulting – defending third party benchmarker, following whose report Cable & Wireless sued IBM for approximately £160m and against whom IBM sought an indemnity

He is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers UK and as a “Leading individual” by The Legal 500. He is also included in The Legal 500 “Hall of Fame” for “law firm partners at the pinnacle of the profession”. He is listed in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom.

Michael is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the British Insurance Law Association and of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association. He has acted as a court appointed supervising solicitor on the execution of search orders and has taken arbitral appointments. Michael is a past Chairman of the South East Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He is the firm’s Litigation Services Partner, responsible for the consistency of litigation services across the firm. He is a member of the Law Society’s Arbitration Working Group

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