"Best to Know Your Legal Rights"

  Employment Solicitor
Lesley-Anne Chinnery
CEO Hrmeansbusiness Ltd. FCIPD



“I have over 20 years experience in the Human Resources field in both the public and private sectors.

I worked with Melanie on the Business Transformation team for a London Authority. This small team, comprising myself , Melanie and three other HR professionals, was charged with risk management of a major transformation piece, which ultimately affected over 2000 council employees.

I relied heavily on Melanie’s expertise in the following areas:- employee consultation, trade union relations and consultation, restructuring and redundancies.

I was impressed with Melanie’s ability to grasp the complexities of public sector employment terms and also her ability to present solutions to the Board rather than just stating the risks involved.

We collaborated on the consultation document, which we drafted for the employer. This was presented to Queens Counsel, who endorsed our document and commented that "it was rare to find such expertise and grasp of the issues within the public sector". Since working with Melanie we have become friends and I have no hesitation in recommending her to my clients."


Jane Couling
Director, Physus Limited
8, Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4PL

“I have worked as an HR professional for over 20 years in the public, private and voluntary sectors. As a result I have worked with a wide variety of solicitors as sole practitioners, directly employed and partners in fully established legal practices.

I had the good fortune to work with Melanie Best when undertaking a role with a London Authority.

Melanie ably and efficiently provided legal advice and direction to minimise the Authority’s exposure to such risk. She has the confidence and gravitas to operate at executive levels and influence executive directors and politicians with flair and determination.

It is my firm belief that Melanie’s skill and capabilities prevented the Authority from major legal, financial and reputational exposure to risk. I would have no hesitation in recommending Melanie and, given the opportunity, I would engage Melanie to work with me on future projects as a matter of personal confidence and professional assurance.”


JW a Senior Executive

“Melanie was extremely helpful in advising on a work-related legal agreement. She found the time to meet at short notice, gave very prompt advice, was professional in attitude and in the office she used. Melanie’s amendments to the documents were all accepted and made significant improvements to my legal position”.

A Cambridgeshire Client

"When I was given a notice to enter into protected discussion, and advised to consult a solicitor, I did a search based upon the following criteria: must have experience in settlement agreements and employment law, must be local and affordable within the budget limits.

Based on the above criteria, I selected three firms, two big names and one local independent solicitor. I was horrified to notice that even the big companies were advertising they have local presence, but their employment specialist was based in London. The two big names were asking for an advance deposit more than the total budget available.

I found Melanie Best very responsive and provided me with a meeting slot immediately, which is one of the requirements to have everything done within time limits. I found her professional at the highest standard, supportive and her advice was specific and very valuable to prepare the case. The document Melanie put together in support of my case was very specific and professional, which helped me to negotiate the contract.

I would recommend Melanie to anybody who is going through stressful time, regarding redundancy, settlement agreements etc".


Sole practitioner: Melanie Best LLB (Honours)
1010 Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6DP
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