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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Michelle Chance

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Michelle is Head of the London employment practice and is an experienced employment and partnership lawyer. Michelle acts for SME and PLC employers predominantly in the financial services, professional practices and media sectors  and senior executives at boardroom level, celebrities and those in the media in complex and sensitive employment and partnership matters, which often involve discrimination and where the stakes in terms of monetary value and reputational risk are high. Michelle’s practice is focused on high-end City work. Michelle is a formidable negotiator and litigator with specialist expertise in class action discrimination claims relating to the provision of goods and services, restrictive covenants and injunctive relief, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing, employment-related FCA matters, internal investigations, employee shareholder status and bonus disputes.

Michelle provides tailored strategic and tactical advice to employer clients on challenging HR issues, helping them to achieve their commercial objectives whilst avoiding litigation, where possible. These include disciplinary and grievance matters, family-friendly issues, managing under-performance and handling long-term sickness absence and stress.

Michelle also specialises in contentious partnership issues and regularly advises partnerships, LLPs, individual partners and members on team moves, restrictive covenants, garden leave, reducing partners’ notice periods, protection of confidential information, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, managing out under-performing or misbehaving partners, partners' retirement terms and advice on becoming an equity partner.


Trained at Landau & Landau; qualified 2000; solicitor, Fox Williams 2000-2006; senior associate, Fox Lawyers 2007-2010; partner, Kingsley Napley 2010-2016; partner, Bond Dickinson September 2016; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) on combination 2017.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

In October 2017 Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP was formed through a combination of US firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and the UK-based Bond Dickinson, greatly enhancing the firm’s ability to handle transatlantic partnership matters; a matter that was coordinated within the UK firm by ‘very capable’ practice head Barry Stimpson. The group’s primary clients are law firms, accountants and fund managers, for which the team advises on LLP arrangements, merger projects and a range of fund-related partnership vehicles. Michelle Chance specialises in representation for partnership dispute resolution, where she is ‘especially good at representing individuals’, although she also has significant expertise in advising partnerships and LLPs. Jamie Pass and Richard Collins are also recommended on the contentious side.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Michelle Chance leads the department at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and specialises in high-value employment disputes focusing on the financial services, media and professional services sectors. The group's clients include multinational corporates, SMEs and senior executives. Recent highlights include handling race and discrimination claims, assisting with corporate restructuring issues and advising on senior executive arrivals and exits.

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