Michelle Challis – Partner Q&A


Michelle Challis has several years of experience in residential property transactions, 8 years prior to qualifying as a solicitor and thereafter. Her expertise includes dealing with high net worth clients, new builds, transfers of equity, re-mortgages, and shared ownership properties.

We asked one of our newest Partners Michelle a series of questions to get to know her better-

What made you study Law?

I loved crime books and had a fascination with law.

What has been your career highlight?

No one particular highlight that I can recall other than finally qualifying as I studied late in my life after having my children. I was so pleased to finally be a solicitor.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to build their career in Law and potentially work towards Partnership?

Work hard and be considerate to those around you.

How has Gardner Leader helped you in your career development?

I started off as a conveyancing assistant and I have been supported so much all the way through my journey of the last 13 years both in terms of encouragement and reward.

What makes Gardner Leader special to you?

From day one I have felt like I am part of a family.  Some of my closest friends are also my colleagues.

Who would you most like to step into the shoes of for a day?

Probably Ali or Michelle DG as apart from my time in the conveyancing team I worked with them both for 6 months and I loved working with them both in litigation.  Their work was so interesting and they were both great teachers.

Do you have a favourite quote you stand by?

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln

If you could do anything other than being a Lawyer, what would you be and why?

I really wouldn’t want to be anything else!

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

I would love to be able to play the piano.

What is a random fact about yourself?

I once caught a hammerhead shark while out fishing with my family!

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