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  • Melanie Hart

    Melanie Hart
    Partner, London

    Commercial Disputes, Personal Litigation

    T. +44 (0) 20 7759 1374

Melanie joined the firm as a partner in the Dispute Resolution department in 2018.  She qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and as a solicitor advocate in 2008, training at a City firm before moving to Harbottle & Lewis as an associate in 2008.

Melanie advises on a broad range of corporate, commercial and individual disputes, and represents clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Much of her work is involved in ‘dispute avoidance’ and developing risk management solutions in order to identify and mitigate risk at an early stage. She is known for giving highly commercial and practical advice which always focuses on her client’s key objectives, be they commercial, financial or reputational.

Melanie’s considerable expertise includes advising clients in claims involving contractual disputes, intellectual property rights, insolvency (company and individual), contentious data protection, shareholder and board disputes, claims under the Commercial Agents Regulations, professional negligence, fraud, contentious trusts and probate, enforcement and coroners’ inquests/public inquiries.

She also advises clients regarding corporate and personal reputation management issues including in relation to privacy, defamation and breach of confidence.

Melanie has considerable experience acting in cross-border litigation and has been involved in global disputes involving clients or litigation in the Middle East, USA, Cayman Islands and Europe.


  • LLB, Law with Legal Studies in Europe
  • LPC

Case Highlights:

  • Pursuing claims for breach of contract and professional negligence against tax advisers as well as advising in relation to the concurrent proceedings with HMRC
  • Acting for a beneficiary in a worldwide contentious probate dispute involving proceedings in both England and several other jurisdictions.  As well acting for the client in the English proceedings I am instructed in a global co-ordination role in relation to the other litigation around the world
  • Assisting a large corporate plc in responding to several highly contentious Data Subject Access Requests pursuant to GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • Acting for shareholders and directors in unfair prejudice and misfeasance proceedings relating to a multi-million pound company
  • Advising a liquidator in relation to various contentious creditor claims arising out of complex funding arrangements entered into by the company in liquidation


  • The Law Society, Civil Justice Committee member
  • Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)
  • Associations of Women’s Solicitors (AWS)
  • Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) of the IWF UK (International Women’s Forum)

Commercial Disputes, Personal Litigation

Education (University):
College of Law, London; University of Reading/Universität Trier (Germany)