Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Melanie Benson

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Melanie leads the Property Group and deals with all aspects of real estate specialising in high end residential for both resident and offshore clients. She acts for a number of well-known individuals and family offices, often working closely with the firm’s Private Capital and Reputation Protection teams.

Melanie deals with Landlord and Tenant matters, acting mainly for occupiers in the retail and fashion/luxury brands, cinema, theatre, media and digital/tech sectors. The matters are often complex involving multiple parties and commercial elements.

She also Co-Heads the firm's Retail & Fashion Group where she advises clients on all aspects of their bricks and mortar property requirements from acquisitions of flagship stores to management of store portfolios country wide and including within centres and outlets such as Westfield and Bicester Village. She also acquires head office premises for retail/fashion clients and has assisted in major architecture designed fit outs of both retail and office premises.

Her clients include LW Theatres/Really Useful Group, Victoria Beckham Limited, Roland Mouret, Wolford, Kobalt Music Group, Empire Holding/Arch Light Cinemas (at Battersea Power Station) and ultra-high net worth individuals.


Greenhouse Stirton & Co; qualified 1999; assistant 1999-2000

Harbottle & Lewis associate 2000-2004; senior associate 2004-12; partner 2012