Senior Practice Development Lawyer
Melissa is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales with over eleven years' post-qualification experience in dispute resolution.
Melissa has been working in the United Arab Emirates since April 2008, specialising in international and domestic arbitration and commercial litigation. Melissa is a Senior Practice Development Lawyer in our Risk and Advisory Services Team in Dubai. Melissa's role includes knowledge management, training, innovation, efficient delivery of legal services and business development for the firm's contentious practice in the Gulf.
Before becoming a Practice Development Lawyer, Melissa obtained extensive experience as a Senior Associate at two Magic Circle law firms. Her contentious practice has covered a broad range of areas including construction, shareholder, financial services, property development and employment disputes.
Christopher works cross-sector, advising national, regional and international private and publically listed companies, on their corporate transactions and company law. He specialises in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, company restructurings, and company route-to-market issues in the UAE and wider GCC.
Rita is a senior construction and projects lawyer specializing in large scale international construction, infrastructure and energy projects (including Public Private Partnerships) in a wide range of sectors including energy, renewables, petrochemicals, water, transportation, healthcare and education.