Melissa qualified as a Solicitor in September 1997 having trained at an international law firm and joined Birketts in 2004. Melissa is a Partner and leads the Norwich Commercial Property Team, being based in our Norwich office.
Melissa advises on the property portfolios for a number of national and international clients, including a global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance, an international measurement and data analytics company and a global leader in market technology. Melissa’s work involves acting for both landlords and tenants so she has experience with the key commercial and legal concerns for investors and occupiers. Melissa’s work ranges from asset management and high value leases to freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals.
Melissa has particular expertise in the motor sector and retail sector, having worked for national clients within these sectors since qualification. Melissa is head of our Retail Sector Group advising on the property portfolio for well-known brands and start-ups across the high street and prominent shopping centres. Her experience covers not only asset management but also re-gearing and store rationalisation, providing support and guidance in a competitive and often challenging industry.
Melissa works closely with our Corporate Team and Banking Team, advising on the property aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals, refinancing and securitisation. Her funding experience includes working with both high street lenders and challenger banks.