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Melanie Townsend Melanie Townsend
Senior Matrimonial Consultant Solicitor

Melanie is pleased to be joining Setfords Solicitors to concentrate on purely client work after selling her well regarded, niche family law practice in Essex which she established and ran for 20 years. 

After qualifying as a barrister in 1991 Melanie began specialising in family law in 1997 when she transferred to a solicitor. 

Before setting up her own practice Melanie lead the family law Department for a London legal 500 firm overseeing their two London offices. 

In recent years Melanie has gained a reputation and specialism in dealing with high net worth complex cases including the tracing of hidden/ transferred assets involving companies, properties and overseas trusts.  She has been involved in cases in both the High Court and Court of Appeal. 

Melanie prides herself in her proactive approach to always pursue with determination the best possible outcome for her clients whether dealing with high net worth cases or those where the assets or more moderate. 

Melanie has recently moved to the Ribble Valley but due to her continued links with Essex is able to represent clients in both regions. 


Melanie enjoys walking with her family, dog (and frequently cats) in the Ribble Valley, exploring Lancashire and Yorkshire and the numerous Gastropubs on offer and socialising with friends and family. 

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