Michelle holds a BA (Law) from the University of Stellenbosch and LLB & PG Dipl in Maritime Law from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and practiced as an advocate specialising in labour and employment law since 2001. She joined Garlicke & Bousfield as a Director in the Employment Law Department in 2022.
Michelle is committed to dispute resolution and conflict management, having been accredited as an arbitrator by the Arbitration and Mediation Service of SA, the Arbitration Foundation of SA and TOKISO Dispute Settlement (Pty) Ltd. She is also accredited as a civil and commercial mediator by ADR Group (UK), the Dispute Settlement Accreditation Council of SA, Conflict Dynamics, and the SA Medico-Legal Association.
Michelle has lectured at the Durban School for Legal Practice in High Court Practice, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation Skills and Labour Dispute Resolution.
She has held the positions of Chief Operations Officer for Africa Dispute Resolution; Regional Manager for Equillore Dispute Settlement; Regional Manager for ProBono.Org; Acting Judge in the Labour Court (pro bono project); Chairperson of the Cornubia Business Association, panel member of the KZN Consumer Tribunal and is currently a contributing reports editor for Juta’s Industrial Law Journal, registered medico-legal mediator with SAMLA, panellist of Conflict Dynamics, chairman of the KZN Society of Mediators and company secretary for Odfjell Mazibuko SA (Pty) Ltd and Odfjell Durban (Pty) Ltd.