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Michelle has a broad practice encompassing all aspects of international law and human rights. She was appointed to the Attorney General’s Public International Law Panel of Counsel (C Panel) in 2014.

Michelle’s international law experience includes pre-trial, trial and appeal proceedings at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She also acts as counsel in arbitral proceedings, including investment treaty arbitrations under the ICSID rules, and is experienced in cases before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Her domestic law experience encompasses human rights, crime and public law cases before the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights (the “ECtHR”).

Michelle is experienced in fragile environments, having conducted casework in States such as Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, Georgia and Libya. She has additionally undertaken fact-finding delegations, provided human rights training and carried out trial observations on behalf of a variety of NGOs in Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Michelle is a contributing editor of Clayton and Tomlinson’s Law of Human Rights (2009), the International Bar Association’s Manual on International Criminal Law (2010) and Human Rights and Criminal Justice (2012).

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and is the Co-Chair of Stepping Stones Nigeria, a UK charity aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged children in the Niger Delta.

Before coming to the Bar, Michelle qualified as a Solicitor in Australia and worked both in private practice and as an in-house Government legal advisor.  She completed undergraduate degrees in politics and law at the University of Queensland and obtained an LLM from Cambridge University.

Michelle accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.


“She is a rising practitioner in the area of international criminal law.”

“She performs very well under difficult circumstances, and navigates obstacles to access to documents and pressing deadlines in exemplary fashion.”

“Skilled barrister with significant ability in international criminal matters and notable experience of presenting in the ICC.”

“She is excellent as she’s extremely bright and incredibly hard-working.”

Chambers & Partners 2016