Michelle Dawson

Executive Manager, Consulting

Michelle advises clients on risk, compliance and governance matters. She has spent more than 15 years working across a number of corporate and regulatory legal teams.

Michelle previously worked at Westpac Bank where she led the Risk Governance function, accountable for the effective and efficient management of risk committees to support Westpac’s compliance with regulatory/prudential obligations. Other roles at Westpac include advising on the bank’s response to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

In her former roles and as a consultant, Michelle worked directly with C-suite and senior management on organisational responses to emerging regulatory issues including conduct risk, breach reporting, executive accountability, data ethics and organisational culture. She has also been involved in a number of regulatory change and transformation projects.



Admitted as a solicitor, New South Wales, Australia, 2007


Graduate, International Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2023

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.