- 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 specialist, working since 1995 with the UK's leading media law firms. She specialises in defamation, privacy and reputation management and has a wealth of experience in acting on both sides of the claimant-defendant divide. She has acted for major international publishers and broadcasters, and still advises defendants, including publishers and photographers, although the majority of her work is now with claimant clients.
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 2010 quoted clients as saying of her, ‘She gives realistic responses to questions and explained all the issues clearly'; while the Legal 500 2011 describes her as providing ‘excellent technical and commercial acumen'. 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.'
Most recently, in Chambers and Partners directory 2015, she has been described as '"very supportive and extremely dedicated" Amber Melville-Brown "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 Deputy Head of the Litigation and Arbitration team in the Litigation department. She is also the CSR partner, 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 extenal conferences for clients, family offices and at events on media, reputation, privacy and social media issues.
- Huffington Post blog - The Trick to Privacy Protection? May 2014
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.