Melanie Smith LLB - Member
Tel: +44 (0)1372 461411
Fax: +44 (0)1372 461401
Mel qualified as a solicitor in 1992. She first trained with a medium sized firm working in their offices in Surrey and Covent Garden. She continued practising there until she joined Morgan Russell as a partner in July 1999.
Mel was instrumental in ensuring an early move in 1999 to the then new LLP business structure made available to solicitor practices. She led the internal legal team transferring the business of Morgan Russell to the LLP. She was appointed managing partner in 2007.
Mel has over 20 years experience as a solicitor working in all apects of business law. Her specialism is in dealing with commercial matters, including those which are dispute related and she has built a strong employment law practice in Morgan Russell.
Mel's clients include PLCs and UK subsidiaries of large multi-nationals. She also provides specialist advice to business executives.
Mel is adept at understanding complex legal issues. She is a strategic thinker and very practical and commercial in her approach. She is well regarded for her problem solving abilities.
Mel is an ADR Group Accredited Mediator. She also provides practical business law courses and seminars for clients, including employment law based courses for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Main Practice Areas
- Business law
- Contentious employment
- Non-contentious employment
- Sales and acquisitions
- Outsourcing and restructuring
- Commercial dispute resolution
Mel is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the European Employment Lawyers Association, the International Bar Association, the Institute of Directors and the Law Society.
Mel can often be found very early in the morning, enjoying a run in the Surrey Hills with her Irish Terrier. She is a founder member and joint chair of a local running club. She enjoys the arts and travel.