Birkett Long LLP
Mel is a solicitor, partner and Collaborative lawyer at Birkett Long LLP and specialises in divorce and the financial issues that arise on family breakdown. She also assists unmarried couples when their relationship comes to an end.
She has many years' experience in dealing with high net worth cases as well as those involving complex issues including self invested pension schemes, inherited wealth, foreign property and offshore trusts.
Mel is keen to pre-empt the issues that many couples face when their relationship breaks down and prepares and advises upon prenuptial, pre-civil partnership and cohabitation agreements.
Mel has been a member of Resolution for many years, which is an association of family lawyers who aim to resolve family disputes in a way that reduces conflict. She is also a member of the Law Society Family Panel, which is a specialist family law accreditation scheme and she was recently named in the Legal 500.
Mel studied a Dual Honours Degree in Law and Psychology at Keele University then undertook her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Chester. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 into a large practise in South Essex, although she has specialised in family law since 2001. She has worked in the Colchester branch of Birkett Long LLP since 2006, and became a Partner of the firm in June 2017.
Mel is trained as a Collaborative lawyer and believes that for many couples, the Collaborative approach is the best way to deal with the issues they face when their relationship breaks down.
Outside of work Mel enjoys spending time with her children, exercising, cooking and reading. She is joint Vice-Chair of Governors of St Mary’s School for Girls in Colchester and a former member of the Basildon Child Contact Centre Committee and Essex Resolution Committee.