Melissa Lesson spent two years at the bar before joining Mishcon de Reya in 2000. Four years later, she worked with Sandra Davis on reported case Minwalla v Minwalla, in which they successfully challenged the husband’s motives for holding assets in foreign trusts and also addressed the enforcement of an English order against those trusts. Does she think a family lawyer’s role is well understood? ‘No. Many don’t consider it to be “real law” and don’t appreciate how much common sense, sympathy and empathy is required,’ she says. The fluent French-speaker increasingly acts for clients asking for prenups and wealth planning advice in the early stages of relationships.