Melanie Chell > Shoosmiths LLP > Northampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
Bedford Road

Work Department

Advisory Services


Mel is the Director of Client Experience and Culture at Equivo and also represents Shoosmiths interests on the board of this subsidiary. Mel provides advice to the finance industry in relation to recovery of assets and monies and is also responsible for Equivo’s “end to end” motor and asset finance recoveries service.

Mel is well known within the Finance and Leasing Association and other trade bodies and supports with training course and conferences.  Mel is also a fellow of the Leasing Foundation sitting on its diversity and inclusion committee.

Mel has more than 20 years experience in the finance industry and is known for being robust and commercial. Mel regularly advises clients in relation to best practice in collections and recoveries as well as assisting clients with technical asset finance disputes and complaints. Mel has particular expertise in dealing with fraud and injunctive relief in relation to motor vehicles and other high-value assets to include cross border and out of jurisdiction recoveries. Melanie also specialises in title disputes, innocent purchaser claims, satisfactory quality disputes, liens and consumer credit issues.




Melanie trained with Shoosmiths qualifying in 2000 and returned to the firm in January 2011 from Gateley where she was a partner in the Banking and Asset Finance team.


FLA; CCTA; Leasing Foundation.


Weavers School; Warwick University (LLB); Leicester Law School (LPC).


open water swimming, gastronomy.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

(Leading individuals)

Melanie ChellShoosmiths LLP

At Shoosmiths LLP, the national debt recoveries practice is led by Paula Swain based in the Solent office – it manages complex asset recoveries, fraud claims as well as pre-collection litigation for clients operating in the utilities, technology and financial services sectors. The firm has a joint venture business, Equivo, working alongside national recoveries and enforcement business, Chartsbridge from bases in London, Northampton and Manchester. The team has a tracks record of cases before the County and High Courts and has strong experience in insolvency work. Director of client services at Equivo, Melanie Chell,  is the key name for asset-based lending litigation and consumer credit issues.