Melissa Loucas


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‘Melissa Loucas is exceptional'

Legal 500 [UK 2021]

Experience

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.

Other Information

Melissa is ranked in Chambers [UK 2021]. Clients in this edition say "she is very technical and does well for her clients". In a previous edition clients highlight her “excellent communication and understanding of the law” as key strengths.

Melissa is recommended and named as a 'Leading Individual' by Legal 500 [UK 2021], with one client highlighting ‘Melissa Loucas is exceptional. She demonstrates real leadership qualities and absolutely takes complete ownership of any proposition her team takes on. She also follows up to see what can be learnt from each deal and always has her client as her main priority'. Another adds 'Melissa is well respected within our company and has gained the trust of our in-house legal team. Melissa provides timely and thorough updates and is always available if needed'.

Melissa recognises the importance of recruiting and retaining talent, with our graduate intake being a key part of Birketts’ strategy for the future. Melissa is involved in the recruitment of trainees through our summer vacation scheme and also the mentoring of our trainees during their two-year training programme.

Legal 500 UK 2021 Leading Individual

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