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About Me

Michelle Barrell & Associates

My name is Michelle Barrell. I graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws in 1986 and was admitted to the New Zealand Bar as a Barrister & Solicitor in that same year.

My professional life started in Sydney after I moved there after admission. I initially practiced as an employee for several legal firms specialising in criminal, family and general litigation before setting up my own sole practice.

In September 2007 I moved back with my family to my hometown of Christchurch.

On my return I worked for a local Christchurch firm for several years before commencing my own sole practice. Michelle Barrell & Associates in 2010. The focus of my practice is litigation, with particular emphasis on family law, criminal and traffic matters (including limited or work licences).

I genuinely care for my clients and like to think I am more to them than just their legal advisor. I believe I bring a fresh warm approach to the law.

I am a committed Mother to two adult children. In my spare time I enjoy skiing in winter and in summer participate in sprint distance triathlons.

I look forward to talking with you soon.

Michelle Barrell & Associates