Michelle is a skilled and highly-regarded employment lawyer, with over fifteen 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, TUPE, and employment issues on insolvency. 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 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 TUPE, discrimination, restrictive covenants and redundancy and has featured on BBC Radio 5 Live.
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
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
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
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
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
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Michelle is a member of the Employment Law Association.
|2015||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2013-2015||Stevens & Bolton | Senior Associate|
|2006-2013||Mayer Brown International LLP | Senior Associate|
|2002-2006||McGrigors LLP (formerly KLegal Solicitors, now part of Pinsent Masons) | Trainee then Associate Solicitor|
|2004||Qualified as a Solicitor|