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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 the legal sector 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.

Michelle is current President of Manchester Law Society until December 2019, having been a council member of Manchester Law Society for 6 years, chair of its regulatory affairs committee and COLP and COFA Forum and Vice President from 2017 to 2018 and she appears in the Manchester Power 100 list 2019 of most influential people in Manchester.


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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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