Michelle has over 14 years' experience as an employment lawyer in large practices in the Thames Valley, most notably Freeths. She qualified as a solicitor in 2005.
Michelle acts for a wide range of corporate and individual clients, across a number of sectors; she has particular expertise in the education sector, regularly advising independent schools and academies on employment-related matters, as well as the transport and food sectors.
Michelle advises on all aspects of employment law, and she has considerable experience of a broad range of employment issues, including: drafting and advising on contracts of employment and directors' service agreements, drafting and negotiating settlement agreements, advising on restrictive covenants, guiding employees and employers through redundancy processes, as well as the usual day to day ‘HR’ type issues that arise for both employers and employees, such as disciplinaries, grievances, sickness absence, maternity and discrimination. She also advises on bringing and defending employment proceedings in the Employment Tribunal, as well as the steps that can be taken to avoid litigation.
Michelle also has considerable experience in corporate support work; assisting the corporate team with the employment elements of transactional matters.
Michelle often trains Human Resources professionals and client managers on employment law issues. She delivers seminars both in house and externally. With her training hat on, Michelle writes articles for the local and national press as well as industry publications.
Michelle is named in the Legal 500 as a Recommended Lawyer.