I completed a BA (Hons) Degree in Law and Business at the University of Humberside and Lincolnshire in Hull and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York. I completed my Training Contract at Whitehead Monckton where I stayed until 2004. I then worked in and around Maidstone before returning to Whitehead Monckton in their Docklands office in 2018.
I have specialist experience in all areas of family law including:
- Financial settlement, with extensive experience in dealing with high net worth clients and particularly complex issues involving companies, pensions and properties abroad
- Children issues
- Separation of non-married couples
- Dissolution of Civil Partnerships
I am a Law Society Family Law specialist and am Accredited by Resolution with recognised specialism in financial matters and cohabitation.
I am committed to Resolution’s conciliatory approach and am qualified as a Collaborative Solicitor although if matters do need the involvement of the Court I also have extensive advocacy experience and am qualified to advocate in all levels of Courts as I have been awarded Higher Rights of Audience.
What my client’s say:
"Melissa is “helpful, supportive, patient and understanding during a difficult, sensitive and traumatic time” whilst “setting out the bottom line in plain, easy to understand language”.
"Melissa's care, compassion and guidance has been exceptional. I felt looked after and cared for in what could be an emotionally charged process. Thank you"
"Thank you for all you have done, your care and your compassion while guiding me has been exceptional."
When out of the office:
When not working I enjoy spending time with my family and also like to get out around the country lanes on my bike and I recently completed the London to Brighton bike ride raising money for The British Heart Foundation.