Melanie Benson > Harbottle & Lewis LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Harbottle & Lewis LLP
7 Savoy Court

Work Department



Specialises in all aspects of real estate with specialism in landlord and tenant in relation to media, retail and fashion, and high-end residential for both UK and non-UK residents. Melanie acts for retailers, media clients and private property companies including Ben Sherman Group Ltd, Victoria Beckham, Really Useful Group Ltd, Royal National Theatre, Take 2/Rockstar and XIX Management Ltd.


  • Greenhouse Stirton & Co; trained and qualified 1999; assistant 1999-2000
  • Harbottle & Lewis associate 2000-2004; senior associate 2004-12; partner June 2012 to date


Law Society


  • Skipton Girls High School
  • Queen Mary, London (LLB 2(1))
  • London College of Law LPC (commendation)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers

The team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP was recently bolstered by the promotions of Melanie Benson to head of department and Lee Greaves to partner. Sector specialisms include retail and technology, with a number of luxury brands, fashion retailers and video game corporations forming the client base. In the leisure space, the practice provides counsel to film, theatre, arts organisations and charities on a broad range of commercial property issues. The group is particularly adept on corporate occupier work and recently handled several new head office leases for an array of high-profile companies. Development and investment matters also form the caseload.