Melanie is a Senior Associate in the London office of Expatriate Law. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 Melanie has solely practised family law. Her caseload covers a wide variety of divorce matters, financial provision arising out of the breakdown of a relationship and disputes involving children. As a dual French/British national, Melanie has always specialised in advising French expatriates on family law matters in England and Wales, usually in French. Melanie also regularly advises and works alongside law firms in France.
Melanie obtained a Bachelors degree from Bath University in French and Russian and a Masters degree from City University in Legal Translation. She speaks French and English fluently, and is also able to advise clients in Italian.
Melanie is committed to Resolution’s Code of Practice to resolve matters in a non-confrontational way. She has trained in mediation and is a Collaborative Lawyer, using these skills to negotiate the best possible outcome for her clients when this appropriate. Melanie has been Co-Chair of Resolution’s Innovation Group since early 2019 which aims to consider innovative projects in the field of family justice among others. She has also been recently re-elected to the Resolution National Committee for a second term, and is active with the Affordable Advice Project and YRes National Committee.
I cannot find the words to express how grateful I am to have had Melanie Bataillard-Samuel as my solicitor. Melanie is brilliant, tenacious and empathetic. I found her extremely knowledgeable when advising and fast at grasping complication situations. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. I would like to thank Melanie for all the efforts she made in supporting me in my legal case. She acted swiftly to ensure that we won while keeping me calm throughout a traumatic week of court hearings filled with false allegations. [...]
Melanie will be my first port of call if I am ever in trouble again.
Summer was excellent in communicating, and organising everything quickly and professionally. The correspondence was sincere and individualised. An appointment was arranged within 3 days or my request with no issues. I was always able to get a very quick and comprehensive reply which was extremely helpful seeing as I live in Australia. Melanie was able to answer and elaborate on all questions I had, in a very straightforward, informative manner. Following our discussion I gained a lot of confidence in the process moving forward. Melanie's explanations and answers were very much tailored to my personal circumstances rather then a generic response which was reassuring. She was able to understand my concerns immediately which made the conversation efficient. A really professional and reliable team that I definitely felt wanted to help.
- My Areas of Expertise
- Deciding where to divorce
- Divorcing from abroad
- Help dividing your assets
- Help obtaining maintenance
- Help obtaining child support
- Financial claims if you’re already divorced
- Financial claims if you’re unmarried
- Resolving children disputes
- Taking a child overseas
- Protecting yourself as an unmarried couple
- Enforcing orders abroad
- Enforcing orders in England
- Prenuptial and other agreements
- Resolving matters out of court