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Unusually for a family lawyer, Melissa Lesson spent two years at the bar before joining Mishcon de Reya in 2000. Four years later, she worked with Sandra Davis (see page 69) on reported case Minwalla v Minwalla, in which the duo successfully challenged the husband’s motives for holding assets in foreign trusts and also addressed the enforcement of an English order against those trusts.
Does she think a family lawyer’s role is well understood? ‘No. Many don’t consider it to be “real law” and don’t appreciate how much common sense, sympathy and empathy is required,’ she says.
The fluent French-speaker increasingly acts for clients asking for prenups and wealth planning advice in the early stages of relationships. ‘It’s young people coming in of their own volition and saying, “What can I do to protect myself?”’ she has previously told Spear’s.
In a climate that can easily turn contentious, Lesson’s clients find her reassuring: ‘Melissa managed to maintain the balance between confidante and professional adviser, always instilling confidence with firm and practical advice but with an empathetic edge.’
And if her job sounds stressful, maybe that’s why she tries to take a holiday ‘as much as I possibly can… as far away as I can possibly go’. Given the high-end nature of her work, who would blame her?