Melissa Paz

Special counsel

Melissa is special counsel in the employment team.

She advises individuals and organisations on all aspects of employment law. She has a wealth of experience dealing with complex litigation (on both sides), often involving discrimination, whistleblowing and post termination restrictions, as well as negotiating the settlement of such litigation. She frequently advises senior employees, board directors and LLP members on their exit strategies and severance arrangements.

Melissa has significant expertise advising family offices in all their forms, ranging from small entities administering a family’s affairs to more complex, international family businesses.

A fluent Spanish speaker, Melissa has also forged close links with employment lawyers in Spain and Latin America and often works alongside them, especially in relation to cross-border negotiations and disputes.

Clients praise Melissa for the care and attention she gives their cases, her practical advice and her tenacity in negotiations. She has been described as a ‘superstar’.

Melissa writes articles on employment law issues for the press, including Personnel Today and the Solicitors Journal and is a regular speaker at events and conferences for family offices, such as those organised by the Global Family Office Community.


Melissa Paz acts for both employers and employees with hard to find tenacity, intelligence and negotiation skills.

Legal 500 UK 2022

Excellent in her role…Melissa is driven and commercial and importantly someone pleasant, caring and trustworthy.

Senior banker, Legal 500 UK 2022

Best proof of how much I value Melissa is that post our first collaboration I have asked her to help me on two more cases, each reconfirming her character, talent and dedication. I have no hesitations about working with Melissa again or recommending her to others.

Senior banker, Legal 500 UK 2022





Acting for a Managing Director in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims against a family construction business, resulting in a significant settlement sum.

Advising a leading barrister in relation to her grievances and departure from chambers.

Advising a large European manufacturer, headquartered in Madrid, on mass redundancies in the UK.

England and Wales, 2000

British Spanish Lawyers Association

Employment Lawyers Association

Industrial Law Society

AIM seminar, Madrid, presented with the London Stock Exchange



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  • Spanish




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