Advocate of the High Court.
Michelle holds a BA (Law) from the University of Stellenbosch and LLB & PG Dipl in Maritime Law from UKZN. She has trained as an arbitrator through both AMSSA and AFSA and as a mediator through ADR group UK (international accreditation in civil and commercial mediation) and is passionate about dispute resolution, conflict management and dispute systems design.
She has lectured at the Durban School for Legal Practice in High Court Practice, Appropriate Dispute Resolution, Mediation Skills and Labour Dispute Resolution.
Michelle has also held the positions of Chief Operations Officer for Africa Dispute Resolution, Regional Manager for Equillore Dispute Settlement, Regional Manager for ProBono.Org, Acting Judge in the Labour Court (pro bono project) and was a founding member of the Mediation Institute of Southern Africa.
She practices as an advocate specializing since 2003 in labour and employment law; is a contributing editor for Juta’s Industrial Law Journal; a panelist with Aequitate Dispute Resolution Services and Conflict Dynamics; and is a registered medical mediator with the SA Medico-Legal Association.
Michelle has extensive mediation and arbitration experience in many fields and believes in the transformative power of constructive engagement in conflict and the importance of bringing matters to a sensible conclusion at the earliest opportunity.
*Aequitate Dispute Resolution Services offers both mediation and virtual online mediation – a perfect way to have disputes resolved during this period of lockdown.
Multi-tiered dispute settlement and the introduction of Rule 41A is a significant evolution of South Africa’s legal system
Representing and advising clients in a mediation process – a new practice area for legal representatives. Mediation Advocacy is the technique of strategically presenting a client’s position, needs and interests in a non-adversarial way, and in recognizing that the negotiated outcome to a dispute is usually more flexible, satisfying and sustainable than an order imposed by a court or other tribunal.
The new normal - A pandemic presenting us with an imperative to manage commercial disputes effectively. Appropriate, adaptive dispute resolution broadens the range of services a legal practitioner can deliver with the result that he/she can address a wider range of client’s needs. This is particularly important in this era of a ‘disrupted normal’. Reliance on legal mechanisms under these circumstances is akin to using a blunt instrument to perform delicate surgery.