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Work 020 7725 8000
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Seddons, John Melville-Smith, London, ENGLAND

John Melville-Smith

Tel:
Work 020 7725 8027
Email:
Web:
www.seddons.co.uk/our-people/john-melville-smith
Seddons

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

John is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution team, with over 20 years’ experience, particularly in challenges to wills, contested probate and inheritance disputes, commercial partnership and contract disputes, professional negligence, insolvency and debt recovery.

John has a reputation for giving his clients candid and clear advice both on the prospects of success in law and on the commercial realities of the situation. He is experienced in negotiating settlements from positions of both strength and weakness and always advises his clients to seek a negotiated or mediated settlement in preference to incurring the costs and uncertainties of trial.

Wherever possible, he conducts his own advocacy, in both the County and High Courts, and has conducted many trials himself, mainly of fast track contract disputes in the County Court.

John is a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (‘ACTAPS’).

Career

Trained John Martlew & Co; qualified 1996; assistant solicitor 1996-99; partner Gillanders 1999-2005; Seddons 2006-date.

Member

John is a full member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (‘ACTAPS’)

Education

St Edwards’s, Cheltenham; University of Birmingham (1991 LL.B); College of Law, Guildford (1993 Solicitors’ Finals); De Montfort University (2011 LL.M); College of Law, Guildford (2013 ACTAPS ‘diploma’); Open University (ongoing, French and Spanish)

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