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Michael Bywell

Michael Bywell is a senior commercial litigation lawyer best known for his work on complex litigation and arbitration matters, particularly in the technology area. 

Michael has worked on some of the world’s largest technology programmes and disputes, representing global supplier/vendor organisations on matters arising in the UK, Europe, North America, Australia & New Zealand. Other clients in the tech area include app developers, internet businesses, telecommunications companies, manufacturers, financial institutions, government departments/public bodies; and other purchasers or users of computer systems and services. His cases include those arising from large-scale tech and outsourcing projects; software licensing arrangements; breach of confidence; distribution/agency arrangements; and data breach/cyber-security.

Outside the tech area, Michael's broader commercial litigation experience includes High Court and arbitration work in the construction, engineering, energy, life sciences and media sectors.

Legal 500 describes Michael as “Intelligent, thoughtful and pleasant to work with” and “Intelligent… has extremely sound judgement” (2016 and 2017 sections on IP and IT/Telecoms).

Michael is an active member of the Society for Computers and Law and currently leading an initiative to create a bespoke adjudication procedure for use in relation to technology disputes. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Technology Law Association (ITECHLAW) and an Accredited Mediator. He speaks and moderates at conferences on a regular basis. Most recently, he was chair and speaker at the 2017 ITECHLAW European Conference in Stockholm.