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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 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 2022 Legal 500 as a leading individual in matrimonial law and mediation:

‘Michelle is skilled and empathetic, yet robust when she needs to be. Her excellent knowledge of the law, combined with her warm and relaxed style of communicating, makes her a mediator of the top rank’.

‘Very easy and friendly- Michelle Uppal is an excellent mediator who is very able to deal with clients from all walks of life’.

‘Michelle Uppal is skilled, authentic and authoritative, very much top of the list for recommendations to partners of clients’.

‘Michelle Uppal is adept at helping couples and families to reach an amicable agreement relating to any family issue resulting from separation or divorce, living together agreements or pre-nuptial matters.’

‘Michelle Uppal and Linda Pope have been working together as a brilliantly efficient and dedicated team. They have ensured that clients feel supported every step of the way and always thinking one step ahead as to what may be needed to best progress a case next. They have a very collaborative approach to working with counsel, which makes them a pleasure to work with but also means that clients feel supported by an entire team.’

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

The Legal 500 Leading Individual 2022 logo
The Legal 500 Leading Mediator 2022 logo
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2022 logo