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  • Melanie Hart

    Melanie Hart
    Partner, London

    Dispute resolution, Personal Litigation

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010

Melanie advises on a broad range of corporate, commercial and individual disputes, and represents clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Much of her advice involves ‘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 is qualified as a solicitor and a solicitor advocate.

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, Jersey, Guernsey, South Africa and Europe.

Highlight Matters

  • Advising a global Plc in worldwide proceedings arising out of breaches of contract and other duties by former employees and directors.
  • 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


“I am described by my clients as ‘the lawyer you go to when it’s all gone wrong!’ I enjoy the complex and often curious challenges which litigation always brings.”

What you may not know about Melanie

If Melanie was not a lawyer she would be a garden designer.  She has designed several projects for friends and family and enjoys the creative freedom which it brings

Dispute resolution, Personal Litigation


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

English, German