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.


  • 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 applications for maintenance pending suit applications 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.

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  • Family - Children

    Private Law 

    Michelle has experience representing parents and children pursuant to 16.4 of FPR 2010 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.

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