Michelle Burley – Pupil Barrister

Michelle Burley - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0151 243 6000

Year of call: 2012

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Michelle graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2011 with a LLB in Law, achieving a 2:1. Michelle then completed the BPTC in 2012 gaining a ‘Very Competent’.

Prior to pupillage, she was employed as a Family Paralegal by a firm of solicitors in Cheshire. Michelle was responsible for the handling of complex and sensitive cases, which often concerned issues of domestic abuse and were funded by way of Legal Aid. Michelle appeared frequently in court on both the Northern and Midland Circuit in injunction and Children Act proceedings.

Michelle then moved into private practice and spent 12 months at a Legal 200 firm in Chester where she assisted the Head of the Family Team. Michelle assisted in cases concerning Divorce and Financial Remedies, Nuptial Agreements and TOLATA matters.

Michelle was recently awarded the Walter Wigglesworth scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn.

Michelle is completing a family pupillage in Liverpool under the supervision of Leona Harrison and Peta Harrison.


  • Family - Children

    Public Law

    Michelle has experience acting for both local authorities and parents in care proceedings. She is regularly instructed to attend advocates meetings, case management hearings, IRH and final hearings, which includes drafting case summaries and threshold documents.

    Private law and Injunctions

    Michelle is accepting instructions in respect of applications for child arrangement orders, enforcement orders, specific issue orders and applications under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996. Michelle is an experienced advocate in this area having representing vulnerable clients both before coming to the Bar and during her pupillage.

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  • Family - Finance

    Michelle has a keen interest in financial remedy and TOLATA cases and has experience acting at all stages of the case including applications for Maintenance Pending Suit and LSPOs. This includes the drafting of documents such as questionnaires, skeleton arguments and consent orders.

    Drawing upon her experience gained before coming to the Bar, Michelle has furthered her knowledge and experience under the supervision of Leona Harrison and is accepting instructions in all areas of finance work.

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