Prior to joining King’s full-time in 2019, Michelle lectured and led modules on the LLB at the University of Reading. She has taught on a broad range of modules focussing on a wide range of legal topics, including Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Tort Law, Contract Law, Legal Skills and Legal Research & Writing. She also created and led a module in Criminal Justice and Social Context at Activate Learning (associate college to Oxford Brookes University) as a part of their FdA Policing Programme, which focussed on providing training for those wishing to enter the police force. Between 2016-17, Michelle worked as a Law (Research) Fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. There she conducted research into the development of eighteenth-century English Criminal Law as part of the compilation of a volume of the Oxford History of the Laws of England focussing on the reign of George III (1760-1820). The aim of the series being provide “a detailed survey of the development of English law and its institutions from the earliest times until the twentieth century”. Michelle also helped to project manage the volume more broadly. Prior to this, Michelle spent several years as a Paralegal at a Legal 500 Intellectual Property firm in London.
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh where she completed an LLB and holds an MA in Law by Research from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. Michelle is awaiting her viva for her doctoral thesis at the University of Reading.
Michelle is a legal historian at heart. Her doctoral thesis considers the complete works of early modern common lawyer Christopher St German (c.1440-1540/1), produced between 1528 and 1538, and considers their broader significance within the context of the early Henrician Reformation in England, and with a focus on St German’s development and promotion of the idea of the authority of the King-in-Parliament throughout his completed works. Her thesis provides answers to the following questions:
- Where should the jurisdictional boundaries lie between the common law and other forms of authority?
- More broadly, where should the authority between the temporality and spirituality lie?
- After the break with Rome, what should the formulary of faith of the English Church look like?
- Essentials of Contract Law
- Law of Tort