• University of Leeds, B.A. (1994) honours
  • Leeds Metropolitan University, Post Graduate Diploma in Law (1996)
  • The College of Law, York, Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (1997)


  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong

Michelle J. Linderman


Michelle J. Linderman is a member of Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Group in the firm’s London office.

An English qualified solicitor with over 20 years of experience, Michelle advises clients – such as international businesses, traders, ship owners, charterers, insurers, financial institutions, and energy companies – on U.K.-specific and cross-border sanctions, including matters that concern national and international trade and financial sanctions. She also works closely with colleagues in the Privacy and Cybersecurity, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Litigation and Trial groups.

Michelle counsels clients on compliance with EU and U.K. sanctions legislation; U.K. anti-bribery and anti-money laundering laws and regulations; the U.K. Modern Slavery Act; export controls; data privacy and cybersecurity issues. This work includes devising compliance policies and procedures; advising on enforcement and investigation proceedings; conducting internal investigations; and responding to government enquiries. She also advises licensees in disputes with enterprise database licensors including advising on how to manage licensing audits.

Michelle also has significant experience handling complex commercial disputes including fraud for a wide cross-section of clients including ship owners, charterers, P&I insurers, traders, insurers, and others. Her experience includes handling a wide variety of disputes arising from maritime casualties; complex reinsurance and insurance litigation; fraud litigation; and general commercial litigation and arbitration. She has considerable experience in English High Court litigation and London arbitration and has also handled litigation in a number of international jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, South Africa, New Zealand, New York, Miami, Nevis, Jersey, and Guernsey.

Michelle regularly publishes articles on the impact of EU sanctions, both in traditional media and online. She also speaks at industry events on sanctions, anti-bribery, and corruption and other compliance and regulatory issues with a particular focus on the maritime and (re)insurance industries.

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Michelle was a partner and the Global Head of Sanctions at Ince & Co’s London office.She was seconded to Ince & Co's Hong Kong office from 2001 to 2004.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, South African Maritime Law Association

Representative Matters

  • Advice to various ship owners / managers regarding compliance with sanctions; legality of proposed orders and how to protect their positions.
  • Advising client regarding participation in LNG project in Russia and impact of sanctions on chartering and construction of vessel for the project.
  • Advice to shipping company in relation to feeder operations and compliance with sanctions.
  • Advising Asia-based banks on sanctions risks and potential issues during the course of ship finance transactions, including drafting and advising on appropriate sanctions clauses.
  • Advising ship owners and managers preparing to re-enter the Iranian market on their commercial contracts and risk issues arising pending the lifting of EU sanctions and following the lifting of EU sanctions.
  • Advising tech client on attorney-client / litigation privilege in cross-border data breach investigation.
  • Advising tech client on interactions with U.K. National Crime Agency and other State authorities following cyber attack by foreign state actor.
  • Advising on compliance policy and procedure best practice for various clients.
  • Advising insurance / reinsurance companies on compliance with sanctions and devising sanctions policies and procedures.
  • Conducting sanctions; anti-bribery and corruption; data privacy; and other compliance audits for a broad spectrum of clients.
  • Conducting complex fraud litigation in the English High Court and other jurisdictions.
  • Work with leading technology consultants to develop cybersecurity/data breach response initiative.
  • Advising insurance client on potential breaches of UK Bribery Act and internal investigation in relation to same.

Speeches & Presentations


Client Alerts & Newsletters

Press Coverage

Firm News & Announcements

August 17, 2018 Crowell & Moring Listed as 'Highly Commended' for Sanctions Work in 2018 WorldECR Awards
June 6, 2017 Leading Cross-Border Sanctions Lawyer Michelle Linderman Joins Crowell & Moring