Contact

Telephone

(02) 9236 8630


Address

Level 6, 169 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
DX 328

About

Michelle's obtained her legal qualifications in the UK and was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2007. She worked as a Senior Associate in a boutique Sydney firm, specialising in building and construction law, before being called to the Bar in 2010.

Prior to her legal career, Michelle worked extensively in the field of domestic violence, managing women’s refuges’, domestic violence outreach services and children’s services. She won a funded scholarship from the Manchester Metropolitan University and obtained a M.Phil (law) for her thesis into the Police response to domestic violence, in 1995.

In addition to law, Michelle holds qualifications in business management, economics and accounting. She qualified as a mediator in 2013 and in early 2019, completed a foundation course in taxation.

Michelle’s qualifications, skills and experience have enabled her to develop a successful legal practice. She specialises in building and construction, family law (children and property), statutory interpretation and appellate law.

Michelle appears in all Courts and Tribunals including the High Court of Australia, where she appeared in the recent landmark family law case of Masson and Parsons.

Appellate

Statutory Interpretation

Judicial Review

Building & Construction

Home Building Disputes

Quantum Meruit Claims

Security of Payments

Professional Negligence

Defects Claims

Strata Disputes

Family Law

Parenting Disputes

Property Disputes

Care Proceedings

Parens Patriae Proceedings

Commercial

Conjunction Agreements

Retail & Residential Leases

Land and Environment

Valuation disputes

Qualifications

Legal Practice Course, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (2003)

Law (CPE) Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (2001)

Master of Philosophy (Law) scholarship award, researching police response to domestic violence in Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (1995)

B Sc (Hons) Management Science, Manchester University (1991) Subjects included Managerial Economics, Financial Accounting, Quantitative Methods, Accounting & Control

Current Appointments

Barrister, Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia, (April 2010 - Present)

Director & Treasurer, 6 St James Hall Chambers (December 2016 - present)

Previous Appointments

Director, NSW Bar Association (Nov 2012 – Nov 2013)

Vice President, Women’s Barristers Forum, NSW Bar Association (2011 – 2012, 2015 - 2016)

Committee Member, Professional Conduct Committee, NSW Bar Association (Nov 2012 – June 2014)

Senior Associate, Snelgroves Lawyers, Sydney (2007- 2010)

Manager and Senior Advocate, Northern Area Tenancy Service, Sydney (2005-2007)

Manager Women’s Refuge, Outreach Service and Children’s Service at North Manchester Women’s Aid, UK (2000 – 2003)

Recent Cases