Melanie McIntosh

Melanie has a wide-ranging practice specialising predominantly in Family, Property (including Rating and Planning), Local Government and general Civil Work. She also represents and advises clients in Probate and Inheritance cases. The breadth of her work makes Melanie a particularly versatile Barrister and she has acted in numerous landmark/reported cases, many of which are test cases for particular points of law.

Melanie has extensive experience of dealing with expert evidence and also advises on complex property and regulatory matters. In her Rating and Planning cases she specialises in multi-faceted cases involving commercial property and she is known for her efficient, focused approach as well as for the strength of her advocacy.

Her matrimonial work encompasses complex financial remedy cases involving multiple issues such as trusts, overseas assets, pensions, freezing of assets, private and company assets and inheritance as well as less complex cases.

In her Family work she has particular expertise in dealing with private and public contested care cases and those involving mental health issues.

Melanie’s general Civil case load encompasses advice and appearances in respect of multi-track, fast-track and small claims cases relating to contract law, tort (including personal injury) and property and civil cases in the High Court, County Court or Magistrates Court (confiscation and condemnation proceedings).

Melanie is particularly adept at dealing with sensitive cases requiring high-level negotiations and well-honed advocacy skills and her pragmatic approach and ability to identify and focus on the relevant issues are highly valued by her clients.

Melanie has been accredited to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Public Access Scheme. Melanie also accepts instructions under the Licensed Access Scheme.

Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

Melanie’s financial remedy work encompasses complex high value claims (with multiple issues such as trusts, overseas assets, pensions, freezing of assets, private and company assets and inheritance) to more modest claims.

Melanie has particular interest in cases where examination and assimilation of complex expert evidence is required – and the fusion of her skills in Family Law with Property issues including Planning and Rating matters is often valuable in complex divorce and matrimonial finance cases where substantial business or private property portfolios or other assets are involved.

Melanie McIntosh's Divorce & Matrimonial Finance Cases

Opposing an urgent Maintenance Pending Suite

Melanie acted for the Respondent in an urgent Maintenance Pending Suite application involving complex issues of international law, issues of jurisdiction, substantial property and financial assets. The Application was opposed by the Respondent who was seeking for the application to be dismissed. Melanie successfully persuaded the Court declined to grant the application and dismissed the Continue reading

Dismissing a Maintenance Pending Suite application

Melanie acted for the Respondent in an urgent Maintenance Pending Suite application involving complex issues of international law, issues of jurisdiction, and substantial property and financial assets. The Application was opposed by the Respondent who was seeking for it to be dismissed. The Court declined to grant the application and dismissed the application with costs Continue reading

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Melanie McIntosh's Testimonials for Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

“I have been very pleased with the service both from yourself and the clerks generally, and from Ms McIntosh, you have all been extremely helpful and approachable. I know my client is also very grateful to Ms McIntosh for her work.”

Miss G from solicitors instructing Melanie McIntosh – April 19

“…Could I just add at this point that I am very grateful for all your help and assistance over the year and would recommend the services of Becket Chambers to anyone who may need to use such services in the future…”

Miss W instructing Melanie McIntosh through the DPA scheme – May 16

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Melanie’s private family practice involves work relating to Child Arrangement Orders (including sensitive issues such as mental health, domestic abuse, parental alienation, drug and alcohol abuse and specific issues such as education and overseas location), non-molestation orders, injunctions and occupation orders.

She is regularly instructed by both Applicants and Respondents.

Melanie has a particular interest/experience in cases involving complex expert evidence.

Melanie McIntosh's Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Contested non-molestation hearing

Melanie represented the Respondent in a final contested non-molestation hearing under Part 1V of the Family Act 1996 (“the Act”).  She raised the preliminary issue whether the parties were associated persons in terms of the Act. The Court found for Melanie’s client on the preliminary issue, and dismissed the Applicant’s application with costs.

Protecting a child where a new name is needed

Melanie acted for the Applicant in a case involving four applications. Her client sought a Child Arrangements Order with neither direct nor indirect contact with the Respondent, to change the child’s name and surname, to remove the Respondent’s parental responsibility, and a Prohibited Steps Order. Following Melanie’s representation, the Court awarded all the applications, determining Continue reading

Mental health issues in care arrangements

Melanie acted for the Respondent in a two-day contested final Care Arrangement hearing which included mental health issues and an additional specific issue involving expert medical evidence. The case involved Melanie’s expertise in: condensing expert medical evidence and succinctly presenting it to the court dealing with vulnerable witnesses. The Court found in favour of Melanie’s Continue reading

Melanie McIntosh's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“Melanie was fantastic in her role, and very reassuring in what was, as you can imagine, a very stressful situation.  I felt so much better once she arrived at court and took charge of the situation! It was also useful to have the same barrister throughout the court appearances as she understood the case completely. She took a ‘no nonsense’ approach and was completely fixed on getting the right result, which she did. This, again, was very reassuring.”

Ms F from Solicitors Instructing Melanie McIntosh – March 2020

“…We would like to say thank you very much for providing us with Melanie McIintosh and for all of your work on the case…Melanie managed to get it shut down today which is a brilliant result…she was fantastic!…”

Mr C instructing Melanie McIntosh through Solicitors – August 16