Michelle has many years’ experience acting for major banks and various financial institutions on insolvency, bankruptcy and debt recovery matters. She advises on complex priority and contractual disputes, personal property securities enforcement, Code of Banking Practice and competition and consumer law issues (including claims for misleading or deceptive conduct).

Michelle has also undertaken a secondment as a Senior Consultant / Legal Counsel at one of the four major Australian banks. During this time, Michelle gained valuable exposure to the financial services industry which strengthened her skills and helped her develop a greater understanding of the demands and needs of her clients.

Prior to joining Thomson Geer in 2009, Michelle practised as a lawyer at a major law firm in the Philippines, where she primarily acted for a large pharmaceutical company in mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property matters.

Michelle holds a Masters of Law (International) from La Trobe University and was admitted to practice in 2008.

Recent experience includes:

  • Acting for a major bank in relation to a complex dispute involving fraudulent cheque dealings.
  • Facilitating negotiations on behalf of a secured creditor and receiver in relation to a priority dispute with liquidators claiming an equitable lien over the assets of a social club.
  • Acting for liquidators in respect of recovery of properties occupied by tenants claiming life tenancy interests.
  • Advising lenders on various matters, including:
    • allegations of breaches of the Code of Banking Practice;
    • potential claims against a builder and owner of a neighbouring lot (on which building works were carried out), including on issues relating to caveatable interests;
    • potential avenues for recovery of debt in circumstances where the security was released by mistake; and
    • enforcement of facilities and securities with allegedly forged signatures.