Melissa Lesson Partner

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 7013

Personal Profile

Melissa is a qualified solicitor, barrister and Partner in the Family department. She specialises in separation, divorce, trusts and jurisdictional disputes, including complex, multi-jurisdictional cases involving significant assets. These often also include private children matters such as residence and contact, prohibited steps and specific issues. Many of Melissa’s clients have been high profile figures.

Melissa has law degrees from both the Universities of London and Paris and was a pupil at the Chambers of Philip Moor QC. She was called to the Bar in 1998 and became a Partner at Mishcon in 2008. Melissa is bilingual (English and French).

Melissa was named Family Lawyer of the Year in the Spears Wealth Management Awards 2009, included in the Private Client Practitioner 35 under 35 Awards and named as one of Wealth-Bulletins 40 Rising Stars in European Wealth Management 2009, describing her as "one of the sharpest private client lawyers in London".

Most recently, Melissa has been listed as a Family Law expert in the 2013 London Super Lawyers directory and has been included in the Citywealth Leaders List 2013.

Key Experience

Minwalla-v-Minwalla [2004] - Family (With permission of LexisNexis Butterworths)

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Barrister, Mishcon de Reya (dual qualified as a Solicitor in 2008)
Pupillage at the Chamber of Philip Moor QC, 1 Hare Court
University College London, LLB Law with French Law Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques from Université de Paris II : Panthéon-Assas