Clerking team

Elisa Clement

Family Clerk

Ryan Barker

Assistant Senior Clerk (Matrimonial Finance)

Emma Manning

Matrimonial Finance Clerk

Michelle is a junior barrister specialising in family law.

Family finance

Michelle has a keen interest in matrimonial finance and is regularly instructed to conduct hearings at all stages of the case including applications for maintenance pending suit and legal services payment orders, variation and enforcement.

Her cases have included:

  • Assets of high net value
  • Cases involving large pensions necessitating expert actuarial calculations
  • Arguments of matrimonial and non-matrimonial property
  • Arguments in respect of concluded agreements
  • Assets in overseas jurisdictions
  • Assets held on trust
  • Cases of material non-disclosure
  • Complex business structures.

Michelle is regularly instructed to draft documents in the case, including questionnaires, skeleton arguments and consent orders and has experience in drafting pre/post nuptial agreements. Michelle has also advised on applications for injunctions pursuant to s.37 of the MCA 1973.

Further, Michelle also accepts instructions in respect of applications for financial provision for children pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and TOLATA applications involving the property of unmarried couples.

Children (Private Law)

Private Law

Michelle has experience representing parents in applications for Child Arrangements Orders and Specific Issue Orders.

Her cases have included:

  • Allegations of parental alienation and implacable hostility
  • Allegations of sexual abuse
  • Allegations of domestic abuse
  • Allegations of inflicted injuries
  • Cases necessitating psychological and psychiatric assessments
  • Leave to remove a child internally and externally in the jurisdiction

In addition, Michelle accepts instructions under  applications under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996 for Non-Molestation Orders and Occupations Orders.


  • FLBA
  • Northern Circuit


  • Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training