Michael Howe

Michael Howe is a counsel in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department and a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group. Mr. Howe practices from the firm's London office.


Mr. Howe's practice focuses on complex arbitration and litigation matters. He has represented clients in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations under a wide variety of arbitral rules, including LCIA, ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL and ICSID. Mr. Howe has a particular focus on international commercial arbitration, having advised clients from Europe, the United States and Asia, in disputes relating to energy and natural resources, manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications.

Mr. Howe also has significant court experience. He has represented clients in court proceedings relating to arbitration, including before the UK Supreme Court and courts of other Commonwealth jurisdictions. He has also advised clients on commercial matters before English courts, as well as having substantial experience of multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Mr. Howe has a strong commitment to pro bono work, particularly in relation to asylum matters. He appears regularly before the Asylum Support Tribunal on behalf of the Asylum Support Appeals Project.

Mr. Howe publishes regularly on topical issues of international arbitration law and practice. He is an Assistant Editor of the Journal of International Arbitration.

Mr. Howe joined the firm in 2014. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Howe worked at an international law firm in London and New York, where his practice focused on international arbitration, litigation and internal investigations.


  • Recent highlights in Mr. Howe's practice include:

    • representing a global oilfield services company in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to the drilling of oil wells in the Middle East;
    • representing an investor in the natural resource sector in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against the government of an African state;
    • representing a manufacturing company in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against a state-owned entity in connection with a dispute regarding the supply of natural gas;
    • representing a US entity in a licensing dispute before the LCIA, which settled before the hearing in a manner highly favorable to WilmerHale's client;
    • representing a global oilfield services company in LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to the drilling of oil wells in the Middle East;
    • appearing as secretary to the tribunal in LCIA arbitration proceedings arising out of a commercial dispute in the futures and options market; and
    • representing a central Asian client in a landmark arbitration appeal before the UK Supreme Court.


Mr. Howe was recognized as a "Future Leader" in the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration.

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  • Education

    • LLM, International Legal Studies, New York University School of Law, 2007

    • BA, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, 2006

      Jurisprudence – English Law with German Law, First Class Honours
  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, Solicitor

    • Ireland, Solicitor

    • New York

  • Languages

    • English

    • German