The Team
Melanie O'Brien

Melanie O’Brien


After reading law at King’s College London, Melanie was recruited by Herbert Smith LLP (now Herbert Smith Freehills) as a trainee solicitor. After being admitted by the Law Society, she was retained by Herbert Smith as a solicitor in their litigation department and reached the level of senior associate. She was located at their London office for seven years and advised and acted upon a wide range of commercial and real estate disputes.

Over the last 13 years, as a Director of DG Legal, Melanie has provided advice and assistance to numerous solicitors’ firms and advice agencies primarily in relation to legal practice management, compliance, risk and quality assurance.

She has assisted a large number of firms and other agencies in setting up legal practices and provides assistance to firms with their applications to the SRA for regulatory approval of a new solicitors’ firm or ABS.  She also assists firms with their ongoing compliance including their COLP and COFA obligations.

Melanie routinely assists legal aid firms with their contractual obligations and has assisted hundreds of firms over recent years in successfully tendering for and obtaining legal aid contracts.

Melanie is a practising solicitor and Director of 3DM Legal Ltd. Although she does not provide legal advice through DG Legal as a solicitor, she advises regularly on practical issues arising from disputes and in particular those relating to audit appeals, Legal Aid Agency contracting, procurement and regulatory compliance.

Melanie is a regular contributing author and Panel Expert for LexisNexis PSL and is also a Director of LegalVoice, the not-for-profit online magazine for legal professionals.