Melanie has been working in family law at BTTJ for over 5 years. She originally qualified as a Barrister, before studying the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and commencing her training contract with us simultaneously in 2012. She subsequently passed her LPC with distinction, and qualified as a solicitor in 2014, having trained in all areas of Civil Law.
Melanie has excellent advocacy, negotiation and communication skills and enjoys fighting for her clients at court in all areas of family law. She works extremely well under pressure and is used to working to tight deadlines. Melanie has represented clients at final hearings and is able to make clear and persuasive arguments before the Magistrates’ & County Court, without the need to instruct a barrister.
Melanie has had extensive training in supporting victims of domestic violence for the charity Victim Support, and this experience enables her to ensure every case is dealt with sensitively.
Her clients have praised her personable and professional attitude and she is known for listening to client’s needs, without making any assumptions. She prides herself on providing a “Rolls-Royce” service which is personal, efficient and effective.
Melanie is widely known for her experience in child and divorce cases, and over recent years has worked on international child cases. These have involved international relocations, change of surnames, change of religion and change of school applications.
Many of her cases have been dealt with in the High Court, with one case concluding at The Court of Appeal, where she was successful in having the appeal dismissed. This case was reported, and the judgement can be read here.
Melanie offers a free first interview for new clients and can be instructed to act on all kinds of matrimonial and family law matters.
Should you wish to discuss your matter, please contact her using the details above.
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