Advocate, Commercial Mediator & Arbitrator
Michelle is an admitted and practicing Advocate specialising in labour and employment law and representing a wide spectrum of interests (individual and corporate employers, employees and unions) in both the private and public sector in litigation and arbitration at the CCMA, Bargaining Councils, Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court. Over the past 20 years she has acquired extensive experience as an arbitrator (accredited by Arbitration Foundation of SA and TOKISO) and mediator (accredited by the Dispute Settlement Accreditation Council of SA; Conflict Dynamics; Mediation Institute of SA; and FAMAC [family and divorce mediation]).
Michelle has international civil and commercial mediation accreditation through ADR Group UK. Until 2015 she was a part time lecturer at the Durban School for Legal Practice where she taught High Court Practice, Labour Dispute Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation Skills.
Michelle has also held the positions of Chief Operations Officer for Africa Dispute Resolution, Regional Manager for Equillore Dispute Settlement, Regional Manager for ProBono.Org and has, since 2017, been a Contributing Reports Editor for Juta’s Industrial Law Journal.
BA (Law)University of Stellenbosch
LLB University of Natal
PG Diploma Maritime Law
Legal Practice Council (LPC)
Mediator Member of Conflict Dynamics (CD Direct)
Registered Medical Mediator with SA Medico-Legal Association (SAMLA)
President of the KZN chapter of SASLAW (2003 – 2005)
Acting Judge Labour Court of South Africa (2013)
Governor, DPHS School Governing Body (2015 – 2017)
Trustee, Governing Body Foundation (2015 – 2017)
Chair, Durban Girls’ College Board of Governors (2016 – 2017)