I understand how disruptive and stressful employment disputes can be. I take a practical and commercial approach to resolution, routinely negotiating high value settlements and agreed exit packages.
Get to know Michelle
I initially trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 2007 and then cross qualified as a solicitor in 2012, having gained considerable experience working on equal pay claims at the outset of my legal career at firms in both London and Merseyside.
I joined Slater and Gordon in 2021 as a senior lawyer in the London team. I principally work for employees but also advise employers in both contentious and non-contentious matters with a philosophy of prevention rather than cure.
I have experience of conducting advocacy and have conducted full hearing in addition to preliminary hearings at the Employment Tribunal. I've also represented clients in the County Court in proceedings concerning the enforcement of post termination restrictive covenants. I routinely conduct contract reviews at all levels, often advising and supporting employees through pre-employment contract negotiations.
I regularly advise on a range of employment issues including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE and discrimination. I've carved a niche in discrimination law in my early career and have considerable experience acting for clients claiming disability discrimination, specifically those suffering mental health conditions.
I've worked on a number of cases, all of which have been important as I understand the impact of experiencing problems at work and how this can impact your livelihood, health and often professional reputation.
I'm proud to have assisted multi-party equal pay claims against various local authorities (including the case of Huda Abdulla & Others v Birmingham City Council and the High Court Appeal in the matter of Mary Ashby & Others v Birmingham City Council). I've also worked across highly complex claims such as a race discrimination claim (where counter allegations of sexual harassment had been made against the claimant), a disability discrimination claim against the Secretary of State for Justice and a claim for harassment and victimisation on the ground of sexual orientation against an international fast food chain.