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Michelle Uppal, Miles & Partners Solicitors, London

Michelle Uppal

Mediator and Solicitor | Head of the matrimonial department

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Expertise and experience

Michelle is a highly regarded matrimonial solicitor. She is an expert in divorce law, financial settlements and arrangements for children.

She helps separating couples work out their plans for the future, especially if they have a portfolio of high-net-worth assets or where there are international aspects.

As a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer, Michelle provides families with alternative methods of dispute resolution to avoid going to court. However, she is also an experienced litigator and offers steely representation.

The types of cases that Michelle is usually involved in include:

  • disentangling a family’s financial assets after relationship breakdown, while taking into account personal needs and legal rights;
  • negotiating settlements for high-net-worth couples, including cases with complex international dimensions involving emergency applications and enforcement orders;
  • applications for spousal maintenance; upward and downward variations, including arguments for re-opening of historic settlements;
  • the enforcement of a child arrangements order where one parent does not comply with the terms to allow contact with the other parent;
  • emergency child arrangements orders including the preventing a child’s name change and applications for leave to remove from the local area and outside the UK;
  • drafting and advising on prenuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements and pre-civil registration agreements, including using collaborative law to secure the terms of the agreement; and
  • Michelle has a particular expertise in advising on family trust assets and third party intervenor applications.

Legal 500

Michelle is recognised in the 2023 Legal 500 as a ‘very hardworking’ ‘recommended lawyer’ and a ‘leading individual’ in matrimonial law and mediation, receiving these wonderful testimonials:

‘Michelle Uppal is the only person I have referred to for mediation and I hear good reports from clients that she is fair but firm’.

‘Michelle Uppal – excellent in assisting clients through the minefields of separation and divorce and the issues which arise’.

‘Michelle Uppal runs an efficient, ethical team and I have the highest regard for her work. At her back is the full gamut of support, including public law children, domestic abuse expertise and legal aid’.

Qualified as a solicitor
Joined Miles & Partners
Accredited as a specialist in finance and children's law
Accredited as a Resolution collaborative lawyer
Became partner
Accredited as a family mediator

Approach and ethos

Working with families is a privilege, whether that is as a lawyer and collaborative practitioner or as a family mediator. I try to equip my clients to have healthy future relationships, whether that is through divorcing with dignity or improving their approach to co-parenting.

What clients say

Accolades, accreditations and memberships