Michelle’s passion is Family Law. Her wholehearted and proficient approach will support you to make informed decisions throughout your matter. Michelle recognises that Family Law disputes can be incredibly stressful. To combat this, Michelle communicates clearly, appreciates your individual circumstances and helps clients understand their legal options in simple terms.
Michelle steers clients towards the swiftest possible resolution to their dispute. Whilst she encourages mediation where possible, she is also a skilled advocate who represents clients through the court process, and regularly appears in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia. Michelle’s strategic approach has guided clients through complex parenting and property matters involving company and trust structures, bankruptcy and valuation issues.
Prior to joining Watts McCray in 2017, Michelle worked for a Central Coast firm specialising in plaintiff litigation and she was responsible for the family law section of the firm. Michelle was a member of the Legal Aid Family Law Panel assisting with family dispute resolution and court representation. She has experience in personal injury and estate litigation, conveyancing, health practitioner regulation and workers’ compensation.
Michelle previously worked at the Central Coast Community Legal Centre and the Apprehended Domestic Violence Order clinic at the Local Court. She was an intern at the Australian Law Reform Commission for their inquiry into Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Age.
In 2003 Michelle completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Anthropology at the University of Southern Queensland before working as director of a web development business. Michelle completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of New England in 2014 and has practised family law since admission.
Michelle is a member of the NSW Law Society Family Law Committee (2019), the Law Society Privacy and Communications Committee (2017-2019) and presented at CLEs and conferences on data retention and Family Law proceedings. She is a member of the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners’ Association, Women Lawyers’ Association of New South Wales and Central Coast Law Society. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia.
Michelle is the Family Law and Children’s Law Representative of the NSW Law Society Privacy and Communications Committee. Michelle provides pro-bono family law advice to clients of the Central Coast Community Legal Centre. Michelle has published articles in the Law Society Journal and the Journal of Internet Law, and has also been published in Lawyers Weekly.