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Melissa is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution team advising on commercial disputes. She specialises in complex, often cross-border, arbitration and litigation. She has worked in London, Moscow, Perth and Dubai on many multi-jurisdictional disputes and is experienced in resolving disputes in emerging markets.

Melissa has acted for major international corporations and banks in commercial, corporate, real estate, investment, finance, energy & resources and commodity pricing disputes.

Her international arbitration experience includes representing clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. She has represented clients in arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC, DIAC, SCC and UNCITRAL Rules.

Melissa acts for clients in disputes in the DIFC Courts (an English language common law court in the Dubai International Financial Centre) and in multi-jurisdictional emerging markets litigation.

Melissa is also experienced in representing clients in freezing order and injunction actions (whether in local courts, offshore jurisdictions or in support of arbitrations) as well as enforcing judgments and arbitration awards worldwide.

Prior to joining Hadef & Partners, Melissa was a Senior Associate at Clifford Chance working in Litigation and Dispute Resolution in Moscow and Perth.

She is admitted to practice in England & Wales and Australia (the High Court and Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Western Australia).