Melissa Southall > Sydney Mitchell LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Sydney Mitchell LLP
Cavendish House
39 Waterloo Street
B2 5PP

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Melissa is an experienced Solicitor and provides extensive personal immigration advice to our clients on spouse visas, applications for children, asylum, European applications to citizenship.

Melissa is an extremely knowledgeable immigration Solicitor with over 11 years post qualification experience and almost 15 years’ experience working within the legal field. She provides extensive personal immigration advice to our clients on a wide variety of matters such as spouse visas, applications for children, asylum, citizenship, and European applications as well as some business immigration matters such as Skilled Work visas. She is recognised in the Legal 500 as being ‘very approachable, professional and supportive’.

Melissa has several years experience in all kinds of immigration and asylum work, and has a particular interest in applications involving the rights of children. She has worked with a number of Local Authorities over the years representing children in Local Authority care who have immigration problems.


  • April 2019 – Associate, Sydney Mitchell LLP
  • May 2014 – April 2019 – Solicitor, Cartwright King
  • May 2013 – April 2014 – Solicitor, Alsters Kelley
  • Sept 2011 – Mar 2013 – Solicitor, Blakemores
  • Sept 2009 – Sept 2011 – Trainee Solicitor, Blakemores




2007 – 2009 College of Law, Birmingham
2003 – 2007 University of Birmingham LLB Hons Law with French
2001 – 2003 King Edward VI College, Stourbridge


Travel, reading, cooking and fitness including running and yoga.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Employment > Immigration

(Rising stars)

Melissa SouthallSydney Mitchell LLP

Andre Minnaar  has recently been promoted to the partnership. Minnaar and Melissa Southall  are part of a  ‘great’ team of ‘fantastic communicators‘ at Sydney Mitchell LLP. The group specialises in private fee-paying immigration matters of a personal and human rights-based nature. It has also recently been expanding its offering to include corporate immigration matters. The team receives plaudits for its work on all types of entry clearance applications, renewal applications and appeals. Minnaar is a skilled tribunal advocate with a strong LGBTQI following. Southall has extensive personal immigration experience and frequently advises clients on spouse visas, applications for children, asylum issues in addition to European applications to citizenship.