Michelle qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and joined Weightmans as a Partner in February 2008.

Having specialised in defending claims against professionals, primarily solicitors, for many years, Michelle is now responsible for Weightmans' Compli service and advises law firms on all aspects of regulation, compliance, and claims and complaints handling. She is a well-known speaker on the legal circuit and has had a number of articles published in relevant legal media. She is a consultant for the Law Society's Risk and Compliance service, a committee member of and contributor to the Legal Compliance Bulletin and is the author of The COLP's Toolkit, published by The Law Society and co-author of The Good Risk Law Firm, published by the Solicitors Journal. She is also a council member of Manchester Law Society and chair of its regulatory affairs committee and COLP and COFA Forum.

Published

60 second updates SRA's Anti Money Laundering Report May 2016

The report summarises the findings of the SRA thematic review of anti money laundering compliance in law firms, conducted between October 2014 and…

60 second updates Legal Services Board urges regulators to get tough on complaints

Michelle Garlick, Head of Compli Friday, March 11, 2016

60 second updates Study shows that COLPs feel nervous about their personal liabilities

A study conducted on the role of COLPs found that they appeared to be really nervous about the consequences for them if the firm was found not to be…

60 second updates Hot topic: succession planning

According to recent research, many lawyers are not yet prepared for retirement and 55% expect to continue working beyond the age of 65.

Insights SCAM-pi and chits

A look at scams and other cyber-security threats which have recently targeted the 'soft underbelly' of law firm data security.

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“Michelle is extremely expert in her field – very highly regarded and really good to work with. She tries to take a keen involvement in the business and to understand how risk and compliance works for the business. She is well-connected in the sector.” (Client)

Chambers and Partners 2015

The Rockstar of Compliance!

Chief Executive of a PI law firm ABS

Michelle is the most knowledgeable risk and compliance lawyer for any law firm looking for the most professional, expert and regulated advice in the sector. Highly respected by peers. Advice is always to the point and highly commercial and flexible in her approach.

Managing Director of regional law firm
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