Michelle is a Partner in the Shipping and Transport Team based in Brisbane. She has been recognised internationally in Chambers Asia Pacific as a Leading Lawyer in Shipping since 2013 for her comprehensive knowledge of marine casualties and pollution issues in particular. Her casualty experience includes three of the most significant maritime incidents in Australian and NZ waters - "Shen Neng 1", "Rena" and "APL Sydney".

Michelle has significant non-contentious shipping and transport experience advising on logistics, transshipment, fuel supply and towing transactions leading to her recognition in Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Transport - 2018. In 2020, Doyle's Guide listed Michelle as recommended for her expertise in admiralty, shipping and maritime law. Michelle is listed in the 2020 and 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the fields of shipping and maritime law as well as transportation law. In 2021 Michelle was also recognised for her expertise in insurance law in Best Lawyers.

She is experienced in shipbuilding and charterparty disputes in the Asia Pacific region and has extensive knowledge of marine insurance risks. In admiralty, she is skilled in ship arrest and the judicial sale of ships (Michelle has acted for the Federal Court Admiralty Marshal in judicial sales).

Michelle also has depth of knowledge in relation to the road transport industry and has been involved in the defence of high profile prosecutions under chain of responsibility legislation and the Heavy Vehicle National Law. She recently presented at the Australian Trucking Association National Conference in Canberra. 

Her proficiency in the shipping and transport industry has led to her appointment as Queensland Chair of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and to the Executive of the Australian Maritime and Transport Arbitration Commission (AMTAC). She is also a member of the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association and on the Port of Brisbane Seafarers' Welfare Committee.

Michelle has a Master of Laws in Maritime Law from the University of Queensland achieving inclusion on the Dean's Honour Roll for outstanding academic excellence.

She joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2018.


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