Michelle is a Senior Associate in the Manchester office. Michelle was called to the Bar in 2002 and was admitted to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales in 2009. Michelle was Partner and Head of Employment at berg solicitors when the firm merged with Kennedys in September 2017.
Michelle advises and represents private and public sector organisations in a variety of sectors on all aspects of employment law including drafting fit for purpose contracts, policies and procedures, recruitment, performance management, restructuring / redundancies and disciplinary and grievances.
Michelle also acts for clients in relation to disputes in the workplace, including exit arrangements / settlement agreements, breach of restrictive covenants / injunction work.
Michelle has extensive experience in representing clients in complex Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunals (EAT) including employment status, jurisdictional issues, unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.
O’Brien v Bolton St Catherines Academy  EWCA Civ 145.
Perry v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust UKEAT/0473/10/JOJ
South Manchester Abbeyfield Society Ltd v Hopkins and anor UKEAT/0079/ZT.
Michelle also advises organisations on risk and compliance issues, such as data protection, equal pay, gender pay gap audit and reporting, equal opportunities, and compliance training.
Michelle works in industry as a board trustee for a charity which supports individuals with mental health issues and is Vice-Chair of a governing body for a school academy in Manchester.
Michelle is a Recommended Lawyer for employment in The Legal 500 – 2016
Michelle is a member of Manchester Law Society Employment Law Committee and the Employment Lawyers Association
- Represented a multi-national employer in pursuing injunctive relief against a group of UK-based employees to enforce several breaches of business confidential information, trade secrets and restrictive covenants.
- Successfully represented a US-based company in defending an action brought by a UK-based employee for unfair dismissal. The case involved complex jurisdictional issues for the client and as a result, involved wider issues for the client’s UK-based workforce.
- Assisting a professional services employer in its collective redundancy programme and voluntary redundancies.
- Successfully acted for an education client in an employment tribunal claim for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal. The claim resulted in an appeal to the Court of Appeal establishing practical principles of law for employers.
- Representing a senior executive in securing a suitable exit from his employer which was more than double the figure originally offered by the company. The work highlights just one example of the value Michelle’s role has in supporting individuals in securing substantial compensation.
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