Michelle is a skilled and highly regarded employment lawyer, with over twenty years’ experience in advising clients on a broad range of non-contentious and contentious employment law matters. She has particular expertise in negotiating and advising on settlement agreements, Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal litigation concerning whistleblowing and discrimination, restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions including litigation in the High Court and TUPE. She is a specialist adviser to recruitment businesses and recruitment professionals, giving strategic business modelling advice on the employment law issues associated with the structuring of businesses which supply personnel, including terms of business with hirers and work-seekers, right through to drafting and advising on restrictive covenants and disputes on terms and conditions. Michelle has a particular interest in advising on sexual assault and sexual harassment misconduct in the workplace.

Michelle is a regular contributor to the press and legal journals and has been published in The Times, Financial Times, Employment Law Journal, CIPD and The Lawyer, among many others. She is also an avid speaker on employment law issues relating to sexual assault and sexual harassment, TUPE, discrimination, restrictive covenants and redundancy and has featured on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Essex, and LBC.

Michelle has worked on several high-profile cases including Forse v Secarma, Philip v Working Partners and Harper Collins Publishers and Allonby v Accrington & Rossendale College.

  • Michelle helped us out at short notice with a partnership separation agreement. She was great! Very responsive and took us through the implications in a way that we could understand. Michelle also coped well with last minute changes in drafts of the various documents.

    Jonathan Ruddle, Owner
    Skirrid Consulting

  • I was introduced to Michelle through a professional contact and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Her passion and belief in what is right and wrong is both admirable and encouraging when dealing with the intricacies of employment law. She went above and beyond for me; including a late night coffee to settle a dispute - Thank you.

    Alex Odwell, Managing Director

  • I have used Michelle on a number of occasions and found her to be efficient, effective, personable, prompt and generally impressive. Thoroughly recommended.

    Tim Miller, Joint CEO
    Riverdog Productions

  • Michelle represented me in a dispute with my employer. Despite surprisingly aggressive and acrimonious tactics from my employer, Michelle remained calm, clear headed and positive throughout the process through to conclusion. Professionally and personally I found Michelle's approach consistently helpful. Consequently, it is easy to recommend Michelle.

    Mike Milne, Senior Lecturer, Television
    University of West London

  • I work with Michelle in my role as HR Director at Air Partner plc. Michelle has provided excellent advice (often at short notice) on numerous challenging employment issues. These have included everything from general contractual and policy advice, employee relations issues, redundancy and restructuring programmes and complex restrictive covenant and non-compete situations. Michelle has a very commercial and pragmatic approach and I have always found her advice to be credible, clear and suitably detailed for the relevant audience

    Rachel Thripp, Group HR Director
    Air Partner plc

  • Michelle is very practical, experienced, supportive and easy to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending her and will reach for her number myself should the need arise again.

    Tom Laidlaw, EVP Digital
    Beano Studios

  • Aspire Business Partnership LLP has used the specialist advice of Michelle Last in relation to complex employment law principles on several occasions. We always find Michelle’s advice to be practical and can rely on her to relate our query to relevant case law and related issues. She always considers the wider picture and we are pleased to recommend her.

    Karen Weston, Senior Manager
    Aspire Business Partnership LLP

  • Michelle provided me with quality, legal advice which was also commercially astute and enabled me to save a significant sum or money. I would thoroughly recommend her.

    Stephen Grosvenor, Chief Operating Officer
    Five Rivers Child Care

  • Michelle did some employment work for me and was incredibly efficient, professional and thorough.

    Peter Spencer, UK & Ireland Managing Director

  • I have always found my dealings with Michelle extremely friendly and professional. She is always on hand to give sound legal advice and turn around legal letters both accurately and quickly!

    Stuart Springall, HR Executive
    Air Partner

  • Working with Michelle has been a real pleasure. Michelle is a highly experienced lawyer, which combined with being understanding and engaged, you have all you need. She can really make the difference thanks to her soft approach, great manners, technical skills, attention to detail and super strong commitment. Most importantly, she always puts always her customer first. I strongly recommend Michelle as a lawyer

    Natalia Adan