- Education: University College London , BA (Hons) in French • College of Law, London, Common Professional Exam & Law Society Finals Exam
- Admitted: England & Wales, 1995
- Languages spoken: French
- Year joined: 2009
- Year became partner: 2011
Amber Melville-Brown is a media law specialist and Spear's Defamation & Reputation Lawyer of the year 2017. She has a wealth of experience in acting on both sides of the claimant-defendant divide, having acted for major international publishers and broadcasters; she now specialises in protecting the reputation and privacy of her clients, advising on defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, reputation and crisis management, harassment, blackmail and data protection.
Amber is named in the Spears 500 directory as 'Outstanding in Field' and rated by Spear's magazine's as one of the top UK reputation management lawyers (2016 edition).
Amber advises clients who have some interface, be it welcome or unwanted, with the media, pre and post publication. She is aware of the pressures that clients face when experiencing unwelcome media attention, and they commend her for easing the burden in such potentially stressful times. Chambers and Partners directory 2015 quoted clients as saying of her, she is '"very supportive and extremely dedicated" She "knows the business inside out" and is praised for her commitment to her clients' needs. Clients revere Melville-Brown for her empathy, availability and tactfulness, labelling her 'absolutely outstanding'. Amber is described by Legal 500 2013 as 'intelligent, solid, sensible and practical.' Chambers and Partners 2014 describe Amber as 'friendly and welcoming', 'incredibly sensible and practical' and she is praised for her ability to 'translate difficult legal concepts and then convey them to clients.'
Amber provides a bespoke and holistic media management service to clients beyond the purely legal, including during the pre-publication stage, during any media issue and post-publication stage.
Amber is the CSR partner for Withers, responsible for overseeing the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
Publications and speaking engagements
Amber is a respected author on media matters. She is one of the longest standing columnists for the Law Society Gazette and contributes to national newspapers and specialist titles. She is the author of the UK privacy chapter in the Bloomberg News International Libel & Privacy Handbook and has also written, presented and produced training videos for lawyers on media related subjects in conjunction with Legal Network Television. She teaches media at the College of Law, and is a visiting lecturer on defamation and privacy at the London School of Economics. Amber's publications can be accessed here.
Amber regularly speaks at external conferences for clients, family offices and at events on media, reputation, privacy and social media issues.
Recent publications and speaking engagements include:
- Families Beware! – Family Office Association, November 2016
- The Great British Regulate Off, Lexis PSL, October 2016
- Social media: anti-social, criminal but also tolerable, Inforrm's Blog, October 2016
- A sporting chance at reputation, E-ComLaw – World Sports Advocate, October 2016
- Robust use of damages provisions 'might tame prurient press', Media Lawyer, May 2016
- Sex, please – We're British, Solicitors Journal, April 2016
- You can't always get what you want…, New Law Journal, April 2016
On a personal note
Amber has a particular interest in wildlife and environmental matters, which chimes with her role as CSR partner, and she has written several articles on wildlife and travel related issues as well as on legal issues.
Amber has been named as The Times Lawyer of the Week and was reported in the Independent's 'Defame Academy' to be one of only a few women lawyers who had 'made it' in defamation.