Michelle is an experienced commercial lawyer, with a focus on working with clients in the development, deployment and implementation of novel technologies.

Michelle regularly drafts and negotiates commercial documents for technology transactions for both customers and suppliers across a range of industry sectors, including large-scale technology procurements, ‘as a service’ arrangements, licensing arrangements and commercial arrangements supporting M&A transactions.

Michelle also regularly advises client on data protection and cybersecurity issues, including their collection and handling of personal information, ‘big data’ initiatives, database and information management, privacy law compliance and the commercialisation of information through online services and emerging technologies.

Before joining Simpson Grierson, Michelle worked in-house for a leading AI technology company where she advised on a variety of contracting arrangements as well as regulatory and compliance issues affecting new and emerging technologies.

Michelle is an active member of the international association of privacy professionals (iapp) and is currently serving as a chair for its Auckland KnowledgeNet chapter.

Work Highlights


A key member of the team advising Cubic on its arrangements with Waka Kotahi for a national ticketing solution for public transport across New Zealand.

Kordia/Tait Communications

Part of the team advising the joint venture company on its arrangements to build/operate the Land Mobile Radio portion of New Zealand Government’s $1.4 billion Public Safety Network.

Advising a world-leading technology company on its AI-related R&D collaborations with several high-profile academic and non-profit research institutions.

Advising a leading global payment service provider on privacy compliance issues in the development and rollout of their new services into the New Zealand market.

Areas of Expertise

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