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Melanie Tether

Call: 1995

"She is academically gifted, she is delightful to deal with and her written work is outstanding." "Melanie is a walking encyclopedia of employment law; she is a real team player; she is cool, calm and collected at all times, even in dealing with the most complex of cases."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"Melanie has a fantastic legal mind – her written arguments were absolutely first class." "She has a Rolls-Royce legal mind."

The Legal 500 2022

Overview

Melanie Tether is a highly experienced employment lawyer and a tenacious advocate. Her practice spans all areas of employment law, both individual and collective. She is regularly instructed in high value claims and has appeared in many test cases, including several references to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Melanie is ranked for employment law by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, which have praised her for her “courtroom style and masterful handling of witnesses”, her “lethal cross-examination skills”, her “superb understanding of discrimination and TUPE issues” and her “mastery of tricky briefs”.

Before transferring to the Bar in 1995, Melanie was a partner in Norton Rose. Her extensive experience as a solicitor in private practice makes her acutely aware of the commercial and practical needs of lay clients.

She is a former Chair and current Vice President of the Industrial Law Society.

Melanie accepts instructions under the Bar’s Public Access Scheme.

Melanie’s practice embraces all aspects of employment and discrimination law. She has acted for employers and employees in every sector of activity, including the health, education, local government, manufacturing and financial sectors. She has had 29 appearances in the IRLR.

Professional Recommendations

 

“Melanie has a fantastic legal mind – her written arguments were absolutely first class.” “She has a Rolls-Royce legal mind.”

The Legal 500 2022

“She is academically gifted, she is delightful to deal with and her written work is outstanding.” “Melanie is a walking encyclopedia of employment law; she is a real team player; she is cool, calm and collected at all times, even in dealing with the most complex of cases.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“She is fantastic: very hard-working and has great TUPE knowledge.” “She has an incredible grasp of detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Able to digest complex facts into pleadings and related documents of the highest quality.” “Extremely clever! She works extremely hard and is able to digest complex facts, over significant periods of time, into pleadings and related documents of the highest quality.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Her intellectual superiority allows her to wipe the floor with the other side; she’s a highly skilled and technically able barrister.” “A very thorough advocate who has strong attention to detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Her knowledge of collective complaints such as TUPE, protective awards and redundancies, is excellent.”

The Legal 500 2020

“An all-round high performer with great attention to detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2019

“She has forensic cross-examination technique and an incredible grasp of the details.”

The Legal 500 2018

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Judicial Review & Public Law

Pensions

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

HR Professional Support


Recent and current work

Relevant Work

Key contacts

Olivia Moliterno

Team Leader & Assistant to Senior Clerk
Olivia Moliterno Telephone Clerk020 7269 0477 Email Clerk

Jordan Bater

Team Leaders Assistant
Jordan Bater Telephone Clerk020 7269 0300 Email Clerk
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William Meade (Senior Clerk)

07970 649 755

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Graham Smith (Deputy Senior Clerk)

07795 023 532