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Weightmans LLP

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Michelle Garlick

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Weightmans LLP

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Professional indemnity.


Specialises in defending claims against professionals, primarily for solicitors but also for architects, engineers, surveyors, barristers and brokers. Has dealt with a number of complex, high-value claims and also has particular expertise in acting against litigants in person. Heads up Weightmans’ compliance service advising law firms on regulatory compliance, claims and complaints handling and risk management issues. Michelle is a well-known speaker on the legal circuit and is regularly published in relevant media. Michelle is a consultant for the Law Society’s Risk and Compliance service and sits on the editorial committee of the Legal Compliance Bulletin. She is the author of The COLP’s Toolkit, published by The Law Society and contributor to the Compli team’s latest publication ‘The Good Risk Law Firm’.


Trained Irwin Mitchell, Sheffield; qualified 1992; partner Weightmans 2008. Having qualified with Irwin Mitchell as a claimant professional negligence lawyer, she moved to James Chapman and Co, Manchester in 1996 since when she has acted for defendant insureds in professional negligence claims, predominantly for solicitors but also for architects, surveyors, barristers, engineers and financial advisors. Now heads up Weightmans’ Compl-i service, a business consultancy for law firms on regulation and compliance, risk management and outsourced claims and complaints handling.


Council member for Manchester Law Society and chairs its Regulatory Affairs Committee and COLP and COFA Forum.


Hulme Grammar School for Girls, Oldham; Leeds University (1989 LLB Hons); York Law College (1990).


Travel, good wine, theatre.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

The team at Weightmans LLP  was bolstered by the arrival of ‘partnership guru’ Andrew Cromby, who joined the team from Bracher Rawlins LLP in October 2017. The group offers a full partnership service, which draws on the wider firm’s compliance and regulatory practice, led by Michelle Garlick, who has particular expertise in the legal partnership space. Richard Corran handles matters arising out of the North West and is currently acting for the majority partners of a medical practice in a dispute with an ongoing partner. Edwina Farrell leads the medical partnership team and specialises in advising NHS GP practices on property and partnership business matters. Damian Carter joined the Manchester team from Berg in March 2017 and has considerable experience in commercial disputes with partnership aspects.

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