Partner, Mooney Ford Attorneys
Michelle started her career in the field of law in November 1996 when she was appointed as an Associate to a Judge of the Labour Court based in Braamfontein, Gauteng.
After her court experience, Michelle was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2002. She has specialised in Employment & Labour Law, Employment Equity, and Compliance for the past 19 years. Michelle is now a Partner at the law firm Mooney Ford Attorneys.
Her special achievements include: -
- Appointment as a pro bono Acting Judge of the Labour Court (2013)
- Businesswomen of the Year | Regional Achiever Award Finalist: (2012);
- President of the KwaZulu-Natal chapter of the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) (2011-2013);
- Panellist of Aequitate Dispute Resolution Services (from 2017);
- Investigations and Disciplinary Committee Member: Legal Practice Council KZN (from 2019);
- Appointment as Trainer for LEAD, a legal education and development division of the Legal Practice Council of South Africa (2020 to current).
Michelle represents clients at the CCMA, Bargaining Councils and Labour Court. Michelle is also regularly appointed as an Independent Chairperson by corporate clients and referring law firms nationally. She shares her knowledge through channels such as LEAD, speaking at national events/seminars and writing labour law contributions for LexisNexis. Her forte is practising Employment Equity law, an area of law that she has specialised in since 2020. More recently, Michelle has branched out to also handle compliance matters and disputes emanating from the National Disaster Management Act and the Protection of Personal Information Act.
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