I am an Associate Solicitor in the Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team based in Birmingham. I have a particular interest in dealing with claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act, challenges to the validity of a Will and executor or beneficiary disputes.
I am mindful that the issues arising from this area of law can be emotive for clients, especially when it involves other family members. I strive to provide clear and sensible legal advice in order to resolve disputes in an efficient manner.
Prior to joining Irwin Mitchell, I worked in a private client department dealing with Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates. This has given me practical knowledge as to the background circumstances that can sometimes lead to a dispute.
What inspired you to get into law?
A career in law appealed to my desire to work with people. There is a real human element of dealing with Will, trust or estate disputes – the outcome of a case can dramatically affect the lives of our clients.
I also enjoy the intellectual challenge in investigating the factual or legal circumstances of a case and devising a strategy to meet the client’s objectives.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Undoubtedly the best part of my role is the clients. I enjoy supporting people through challenging times and the satisfaction of achieving a good result.
What do you do away from the office?
I enjoy travelling and consider myself a carry-on bag packing expert. I have also previously lived and worked in Brisbane, Australia.
I regularly attend live music events and festivals. I spend my free time reading, cooking and socialising with friends.
"Irwin Mitchell were professional, courteous, put up with my endless questions regarding a particularly delicate family matter. I cannot thank Michelle and all her colleagues who worked on my case tirelessly to get the result myself and my family were happy and grateful for. I would definitely recommend and use again in the future. Thank you all!" - 5* Trustpilot review
"Many thanks to Michelle Chapman and Gavin Faber. Both were brilliant and very helpful. Fantastic team at Irwin Mitchell." - 5* Trustpilot review
"An extremely professional and efficient service was provided at all times of day and night, going above and beyond our expectations. A very sensitive and emotional issue was dealt with compassion and empathy whilst providing unbiased professional opinion and guidance." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I had a very important case, extreme in all its contents but at its heart was a Will changed via Undue Influence to disinherit my brother and I. Undue influence cases are hard to bring and have an extremely high threshold to prove. Irwin Mitchell took our case where others wouldn't and in the end helped us to generate such a strong case that we managed to mediate our inheritance back and right the wrong." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Our experience with Irwin Mitchell from our first phone call, created an immediate sense of trust and professionalism (and throughout) to resolution of our dispute and an email very late into the evening from Michelle, putting our minds at rest, a very much appreciated and exceptional level of service.
"Even though we never met face to face, we felt that both the Solicitors we dealt with understood the emotional elements of our case and provided clear and objective advice. We also appreciated their frank and knowledgeable advice. They both made a very tough year that bit more bearable, knowing their professionalism and knowledge was there to turn to. Thank you" - 5* Trustpilot review