Honorary Doctorate - 2008
In a career spanning 40 years, Michael Jelly has established himself as one of Sheffield's best known commercial lawyers.
Michael joined Kershaw Tudor in 1971 where he helped to develop its commercial practice before being appointed as senior partner in 1986. During this time he was also appointed as the UK chair of Eurojuris, a group of some 500 law firms operating throughout Europe.
In 1994 Kershaw Tudor merged with Irwin Mitchell and he became Head of Corporate Services, establishing the organisation's commercial practice to counsel businesses, institutions and public bodies. In 2005 Michael stepped down as partner and became a consultant.
Throughout his career Michael has been closely involved in advising higher education bodies in and around Sheffield including the Regional Centre for Yorkshire and the Humber which was based at Sheffield Hallam University.
He has also worked with various charities in Sheffield including the Billy Ibberson Trust, The Mayfield Valley Arts Trust and South Yorkshire People United Against Crime which was set up around 12 years ago and which continues to complement the work of South Yorkshire Police to reduce criminal activity.