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Melanie Lane

Melanie Lane

Co-Head of Employment

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Melanie Lane is a partner in the Employment Team at CMS London.  Melanie has 20 years' experience of advising employers on the full range of employment law issues, from day-to-day employment documentation and workplace matters to complex employment litigation, business reorganisations and outsourcings. Her clients include a number of household names across a variety of industries, with a particular focus on the consumer products/retail, leisure, life sciences, media and technology sectors.

She has advised on a number of ground-breaking and high profile whistleblowing claims, including one of the most widely reported such cases in 2011, in which she acted for a fund management operation in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Evershed v New Star Asset Management [UKEAT/0249/09]) and the Court of Appeal (Evershed v New Star Asset Management [2010] EWCA Civ 870).

Melanie also advises partnerships and professional practices on a wide range of issues concerning their partners and employees, including the drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants, compulsory retirement/dismissals and high-value discrimination claims.

Melanie is an expert on the employment aspects of global outsourcing arrangements, and is a key member of the firm's award winning Sourcing team.

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"Melanie Lane is praised by clients for being "a savvy lawyer with a practical perspective who gives real solutions." She is recognised for her expert reorganisations, restructurings and outsourcing work."

Chambers, 2017

"Melanie Lane specialises in advising and representing employers facing a range of disputes. Clients praise her for her "very commercial and very pragmatic" approach to their instructions."

Chambers, 2016

"Melanie Lane "stands out for her expertise in outsourcings and reorganisations"."

Legal 500, 2016

"Melanie Lane assists clients in a range of sectors on a wide variety of employment law issues. She is noted as being "very practical and solution-oriented". "

Chambers, 2015

"Mel [has] been amazing! Brilliantly commercial, responsive and always looking to close. The other side didn't know what hit them...thank you for your work."

Client Feedback

"'Responsive' employment partner Melanie Lane is 'very good at navigating the grey areas'."

Client Feedback

Relevant experience

  • Unilever on the employment aspects of its first truly global outsource of its service desk and deskside support arrangements.
  • A major global data company on the implementation of policies worldwide.
  • Ministry of Sound on the employment law implications of the sale of its iconic label Ministry of Sound Recordings to Sony Music UK.
  • A global healthcare giant on the TUPE aspects of its creation of a new roster of advertising and marketing service providers.
  • A celebrity chef's commercial organisation on the restructuring of its management team.
  • BBC Worldwide on the TUPE implications of a wide range of outsourcing projects.
  • The Hawksmoor restaurant group on its corporate acquisitions as well as day to day employment matters.
  • BP on the TUPE aspects of the implementation of its new IT operating model (shortlisted for the EOA Awards' Innovation in Pan–European Outsourcing).
  • An American pharmaceutical giant on the closures of two of its UK sites.
  • A top international accountancy and business advisory firm on a wide range of employee relations and commercial matters.
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  • 1999 – Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales
  • 1997 – LPC, College of Law, Guildford
  • 1996 – GDL, College of Law, Guildford
  • 1995 – BA (Politics and Modern History), Manchester University, Manchester
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  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • European Employment Lawyers Association
  • Association of Partnership Practitioners
  • Global Sourcing Association UK
  • International Bar Association
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Lectures list

  • April 2017 - Legal breakfasts: Women in Film & TV 
  • April 2017 - Westminster Media Forum: Priorities for the UK creative industries workforce post Brexit
  • September 2016 - "Where will my nanny/plumber come from? Middle and low skilled worker shortages in light of the migrant currents in the EU and elsewhere" - International Bar Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C. 
  • July 2016 - "TUPE and outsourcing" - LexisNexis webinar
  • January 2015 - "Addressing insider threat in the workplace" – Association of Partnership Practitioners seminar 
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