Michelle Gray

Mob: 07725 938 189
Tel: +44 (0) 161 829 2599
Email: michelle.gray@kennedyslaw.com


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.

Reported cases:

O’Brien v Bolton St Catherines Academy [2017] 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

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Michelle provided invaluable support to me during a very difficult time in my life and went above and beyond my expectations.

Employment client, anonymous

Really enjoyable session, very informative and current useful update on legislation.

Hayley White, Veolia

Variety, interaction, opportunity for discussion, relaxed and informative - a perfect combination for learning.

Patricia Halliday, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

Really enjoyed this event, Very useful short snappy update. Mock tribunal role play very well planned with full explanation of different outcomes at the end.

Olivia Hartley, Northwards Housing

Key figures at berg include the ‘sensible and pragmatic’ Alison Loveday and Michelle Gray, who is leading the advice on a complex unfair dismissal claim that has reached the Court of Appeal.

Legal 500 2016, Employment – Employee/union firms legal advice

Michelle was a great help during a contractual issue with my employer [...] I would definitely recommend Michelle and would have no hesitation in using her services again in the future.

Senior Executive, Employment client

I have known Michelle Gray for over 8 years [...] I have always found Michelle to be exceptionally professional and supportive but easy to approach no matter how sensitive the issue and it goes without saying a pleasure to work with.

Director / business owner, Employment client, Anonymous

Michelle acted for me as when I was faced with termination of employment under a Settlement agreement. She quickly got to the core of the matter, provided reassurance about the strength of my position, and was vigorous in seeking a satisfactory conclusion

Director of a US multi-national corporation, Employment client,

Very approachable people, clear and to the point advice, 10 out of 10!

S.Sullivan, Bishop Sheppard Primary School

Much more informative and interesting than just presenting the key facts. Good quickfire key HR & legislative updates.

Michelle Parkes, Hebden Green School

Social Media Mock Tribunal, 22nd June 2016 -  Fantastic seminar, full of information! Claire Higginson, Banks Road Primary School...

Claire Higginson, Banks Road Primary School

Enjoyed the mock tribunal and great insight into what ground needs to be covered in the HR update. The session was well presented and full of information relating to working life

Maria Bailey, Clarence High School

" Well presented session, the role play made the issue real much better than sitting through a powerpoint presentation. The information shared was in a relaxed informal way but the seriousness of the subject matter was not lost.

Bernadette Rose, Anfield Children’s Centre

Good resources to take away. Content as presented was excellent

Lynne Tate, Ludworth School, Stockport

Interesting method of presenting information on social media in schools, informative and certainly provided food for thought!

Headteacher, St Agnes School Manchester

Fantastic! the team presenting the social media seminar were great and the barrister excellent. Thanks for a great session the information given will be shared across our MAT.

Arati Patel Mistry, New Charter Academy

"I have been a client of berg for the past decade and, as such, have become accustomed to the extremely high level of professionalism offered by all of the team there.

Employment Client