Michelle acts for both public and private sector clients primarily in relation to employment, labour and human rights law. She also has a particular interest in, and has advised clients on, disputes involving corporate governance and conflicts of interest. Michelle’s practice is cross-border and multi-disciplinary in nature, and she is qualified to practice law in both South Africa and British Columbia.

Prior to joining Harris in 2018, Michelle practised law as a partner at the largest law firm in Africa with over 15 offices across multiple African jurisdictions. Michelle provided employment, labour and regulatory advice to local, national and international clients seeking to establish and conduct businesses in South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Botswana and Sudan.

Michelle’s cross-border experience in both common and civil law jurisdictions has enabled her to understand and navigate complex legal issues quickly; she was often required to provide creative solutions to complex legal problems based on developing legal regimes in Africa. Michelle is goal orientated and focused on delivering results that enable clients to meet business and other objectives.

Prior to her legal career, Michelle was a provincial netball player in South Africa. She (briefly) considered pursuing a career in sport but decided against it and went on to pursue law.

Practice Areas

Year of Call

  • British Columbia, 2019
  • South Africa, 2012

Education

  • LLB, Stellenbosch University, 2009
  • BComm, Stellenbosch University, 2007