Michelle Burley

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 is a junior barrister specialising in family law.

Michelle successfully completed a family pupillage under the supervision of Leona Harrison and Peta Harrison.


  • FLBA
  • Northern Circuit



  • Family - Finance

    Michelle has a keen interest in matrimonial finance and is regularly instructed to conduct hearings at all stages of the case including maintenance pending suit applications, legal services payment orders, applications for injunctions pursuant to s.37 of the MCA 1973 and applications for variation and enforcement. 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 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.

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  • Family - Children

    Public law

    Michelle has experience acting for Local Authorities, parents and children in care proceedings. She is regularly instructed to attend Advocates Meetings and conduct Case Management Hearings, Issue Resolution Hearings, Case Settlement Conferences and Final Hearings. This often involves drafting case summaries, threshold documents and orders.

    Her cases have included:

    • Allegations of inflicted injuries
    • Allegations of sexual abuse
    • Allegations of domestic abuse
    • Allegations of emotional abuse and parental alienation
    • Applications for Deprivation of Liberty orders
    • Applications for Secure Accommodation Orders
    • Dispute as to jurisdiction
    • Parents and children with learning difficulties, psychological disorders and disabilities.

    Private Law and Injunctions

    Michelle accepts 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.

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