Michelle is described in Chambers and Partners as “incredibly knowledgeable, effective, client-friendly, persuasive and a delight to work with”. She has an extensive practice in human rights, arbitration, public international law and international criminal law, in both domestic and international courts and tribunals. Michelle is experienced in advising and representing States, corporations, public bodies and individuals in complex and document-heavy disputes. She is well versed at both working in and managing multi-disciplinary and cross-jurisdictional litigation teams.
In addition to her court and tribunal work, Michelle has conducted casework in fragile States and has undertaken fact-finding delegations, provided human rights training and carried out trial observations in an array of jurisdictions. Michelle is consistently recognised in the leading UK directories in both International Criminal Law and Public International Law. She was appointed to the Attorney-General’s Public International Law Panel in 2014. Prior to coming to the Bar in 2007, Michelle qualified as a Solicitor in Australia and worked both in private practice (in commercial litigation) and as a Government lawyer (specialising in international law). In her early career, she was recognised as the Law Council’s Australian Young Lawyer of the Year (2002).
Michelle is experienced in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and sports-related arbitrations and has acted or advised in a number of significant ICC, ICSID, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, OIC, CAS and FA arbitrations. She represents States, companies and individuals on arbitration matters and also undertakes a range of court applications related to arbitration, including anti-suit injunctions, interim relief in support of arbitration (including freezing orders) and enforcement of arbitral awards. Recent work includes acting for Sudan in an ICC arbitration relating to banking instruments and acting for an investor in an ICSID arbitration relating to Kazakhstan.
Michelle has acted in a variety of public international law disputes and is recommended in this field as a “technically brilliant” barrister who “does meticulous research, gives really good advice and is very good at managing expectations”. Michelle has represented States in inter-state cases before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“ITLOS”) and the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) and has acted for States challenging the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”). Michelle has also represented Governments, NGOs and individuals in English Court proceedings dealing with public international law issues arising in the context of enforcement proceedings and foreign law claims. Michelle regularly advises governments, companies and NGOs on matters pertaining to the law of the sea; treaty law; immunities; attribution; extra-territorial jurisdiction; non-justiciability and the act of State doctrine; international human rights; international criminal law; and international humanitarian law.
Michelle is also an international criminal law specialist having conducted pre-trial, trial and appellate proceedings before the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (“SCSL”). She has acted in these proceedings as counsel for suspects, defendants, witnesses and for States challenging the jurisdiction of the ICC. She routinely advises on a variety of international criminal law issues, including advising both Governments and leaders of opposition movements of their respective duties under international humanitarian law. Michelle is also experienced in dealing with EU and UN sanctions, Interpol Red Notices & Diffusions, extradition proceedings and appeals to the Privy Council.
Michelle’s public law practice focusses on judicial review and other human rights claims arising in the context of crime and armed conflict. Her work includes advising and undertaking casework on the duty to prevent breaches of human rights in armed conflict; national security matters (control orders, TPIMs, deprivations of citizenship); and police misconduct issues. Michelle has also successfully represented clients in human rights complaints to the European Court of Human Rights and the various UN Individual Complaints Mechanisms.
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“She is absolutely superb and a first-rate international criminal lawyer. She has a great knowledge of jurisprudence and is really easy to work with.” “She is very experienced, hard-working, and someone with substantial knowledge of the area.” Chambers & Partners 2020
“She is conscientious and has a great bedside manner with clients.” Legal 500 2020
“A ‘powerhouse’ practitioner: clever, determined and thoughtful in her approach. She has a fantastic knowledge of the law and is very practical in her approach.” Chambers & Partners 2019
“She is incredibly knowledgeable, effective, client-friendly, persuasive and a delight to work with.” Chambers & Partners 2018
“A solid expert and practitioner … a real pleasure to work with due to her knowledge of law, her creativity and organisation.” Chambers & Partners 2018
“She has a strong track record in international tribunal cases.” Legal 500 2017
“Technically brilliant on a wide range of human rights issues. She does meticulous research, gives really good advice and is very good at managing expectations.” Chambers & Partners 2017
“”Fantastic” junior who attracts plaudits for her dedication and her technical ability”; “An outstanding barrister who … is extremely determined and dedicated to the field.” Chambers & Partners 2017
“She is excellent as she’s extremely bright and incredibly hard-working.” Chambers & Partners 2016
“She performs very well under difficult circumstances, and navigates obstacles to access to documents and pressing deadlines in exemplary fashion.” Chambers & Partners 2015