Michelle is a specialist costs and PI Barrister, a Mediator and a Legal Consultant/Auditor. She is forward-thinking, authorised to practise in a dual capacity both in-house and in the traditional sense. She is happy to engage with clients in a versatile way.
Michelle was called to the Bar in 2003 after 10 years as helicopter aircrew in the RAF. She is confident, focussed and unflappable. She quickly established and has maintained a loyal and extensive following amongst clients who value her eye for detail and her consistently thorough and meticulous approach.
Naturally skilled at advising and analysing, Michelle is effective and knowledgeable. She has a wealth of experience outside the Bar in numerous fields including military aviation, flight safety, leisure industry management and off-shore, ocean sailing. When added to her 13 years at the Bar as a specialist, her status as a mediator and her consultancy experience in-house, auditing the entire range of files from portal to large loss, she is well placed to provide astute, proportionate, commercially attractive advice.
Michelle’s work at the Bar comprises costs work, including at the SCCO, together with multi-track cases in high value PI and clinical negligence cases. Having re-located to the North West Michelle is currently focussing on developing her North West costs practice.
Michelle’s broad costs experience includes: detailed assessment, oral review of provisional assessment, advising on and arguing specific points of law arising as preliminary issues such as recoverability of additional liabilities, validity of the retainer etc and drafting points of dispute. She also has a developing niche area of expertise in arguing principle of costs.
In addition to her costs expertise, she has an innate ability to deal with PI cases concerning aviation, aircraft operations, complex occupational injuries, sailing related accidents and injuries sustained during military operations.
When not working Michelle enjoys spending time with her two highly energetic young children, running and sailing when the opportunity arises.