Michelle's professional background and academic qualifications have equipped her to successfully develop a diverse practice with particular emphasis on building and construction, commercial law, family law (children and property), statutory interpretation and appellate law.
Michelle qualified as a mediator in 2013. The skills she developed during her training in this area are reflected in her ability to successfully settle many, often complex, disputes before hearing.
Michelle regularly presents papers at legal forums and conferences and participates in a number of groups and associations, including the Newcastle Bar Association.
Areas of Practice
Building & Construction
Home Building Disputes
Quantum Meruit Claims
Security of Payments
Retail & Residential Leases
Planning, Land & Environment
Parenting & Property Disputes
Parens Patriae Proceedings
Michelle first qualified as a legal practitioner in the United Kingdom, before being admitted in NSW in 2007. She was called to the NSW Bar in 2010.
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
Barrister, Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia, (April 2010 - Present)
Director, 6 St James Hall Chambers (December 2016 - present)
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)
Contracts: The Latest & The Greatest
(presented at LegalWise Conference March 17, 2017)
Recent Amendments to the Home Building Act 1989: “A De-construction” (Paper given at the Salvos Legal Series “Women in the Law” 14 March 2015)