Department: Family Law
Melanie qualified as a solicitor in 1979, having completed articles with Payne Hicks Beach. After moving to Oakham in 1980, she worked first in Peterborough and then joined Jerry Simmonds as an assistant solicitor in 1981, with the intention of specialising in family law.
For more than 30 years Melanie was a partner with Simmonds Grant, practising in a wide variety of fields including, at different times, conveyancing (both residential and commercial), lasting powers of attorney, wills and probate, criminal law and care proceedings as well as divorce and family law.
Melanie has trained both as a mediator and as a collaborative lawyer, acquiring useful skills which can validly be applied when dealing with relationship breakdown even in the more traditional role as a lawyer. She now intends to concentrate once again on divorce and family work which has always been her main priority and interest. She is keen to develop the Firm’s position in the South and East Midlands as a leading provider of legal services for families in the throes of relationship breakdown.
Areas of Expertise:
- Disputes regarding children, including Children Act applications
- Financial issues pursuant to divorce, including those with an international element
- Prenuptial agreements
- Separation agreements
- Cohabitation agreements
- TOLATA claims
Types of Clients:
- Service personnel
- Directors of family-owned companies
- Small business owners
- Private individuals from a wide range of backgrounds
In her spare time Melanie enjoys Amateur dramatics and Family history research.
Melanie is available to meet at the following offices: Oakham Office