Melissa Barker (née de Carvalho)
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Melissa joined Birketts in 2017 and is an Associate in our Private Client Advisory Team.

She advises on all aspects of private client advisory including wills, succession and tax planning, trust creation and trust and tax advice, UK and cross border estates, lasting powers of attorney and mental capacity, as well as domicile and residency issues.

More recently, Melissa has been involved in advising on a complex trust advice matter including multiple connected trusts, misappropriation of assets and breach of trust with a view to achieving a practical solution.

She has also been involved in the administration of the estate of a prominent businessman with extensive assets including a cross-border element.

Melissa is a Birketts representative for IAG (International Advisory Group), a network of English speaking lawyers, accountants and tax advisors at independent practices in over 60 countries around the world. Melissa is experienced in acting for foreign clients and also in assisting UK clients with their affairs in foreign jurisdictions via contacts within IAG.

Melissa is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Melissa is based in our Cambridge office.

Melissa is on maternity leave.

Melissa graduated from the University of Hull in 2012 with a degree in Law with French Law and Language. In her third year, she studied French law at l’Université de Grenoble and obtained the Diplôme de Droit Français. She went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in Cambridge where she achieved a distinction. 

Melissa qualified as a Solicitor in September 2017 and has since obtained a distinction in the STEP diploma in Estates and Trusts.

Melissa can speak French to a good level and is conversational in Portuguese.

Melissa is a keen netball player and continues to play and umpire local league netball as well as setting up a Birketts Cambridge office netball team and organising friendly matches with other local companies. She also enjoys playing tennis and baking.

Melissa is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2019].

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