Melanie has specialised in employment law since 1996, when she joined Olswang, having trained and qualified at a well-known Reading firm. She advised extensively on all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law, particularly business and share sales, restrictive covenants and confidentiality, collective redundancies and business re-organisations, wrongful and unfair dismissal and discrimination issues. She became their first employment Professional Support Lawyer in 1999, and set up an extensive internal online know-how system, drafting precedents and practice notes and marshalling external resources, as well as producing client bulletins and internal current awareness briefings. She developed the employment team’s client extranet, which provides wideranging legal resources to clients, including basic guides to key areas of employment law and legislation and case trackers. She also wrote numerous articles for HR and legal journals and delivered training. Melanie joined Lexis®PSL in early 2008. She is a contributing author to a major textbook on employee competition, covenants, confidentiality and garden leave.