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Melanie Sumner

LL.B (Hons) Director, Solicitor, Head of Family Law

Located at our Northwich office

Tel: 01606 48111

Email: mks@drk-law.co.uk

Secretary: Ally Tideswell, ast@drk-law.co.uk

About Melanie

Having qualified in 1995 Melanie gained valuable experience in litigation and in all areas of family law. She joined the firm of Dixon Rigby Keogh in Northwich in 1997.

Melanie is based at the firm’s Northwich Office. With over 25 years experience in handling family law cases including some high profile work, divorce, ancillary relief, children matters and cohabitation, Melanie brings an intelligent and very organised, sensible and supportive approach to her work. She appreciates that many lawyers adopt an unnecessarily aggressive approach which can lead to costly and highly emotional proceedings. Her own approach is primarily to treat each client as an individual and to fundamentally consider their best interests throughout. Negotiations often can bring about settlement amicably and speedily without expensive Court proceedings. Melanie is however quite persistent and thorough and her pro active approach means that no files will just sit around gathering dust. Proceedings are in certain cases necessary and clients will find themselves in very capable hands.

It is encouraging that Melanie receives a huge amount of work as a result of recommendations from existing clients and even as a result of recommendations from the other side on occasions!


“Thank you for everything you have done for us. It has been a difficult few years, but with your help we have come through it”.

“Thank you for your assistance with my divorce. You made a very stressful time much easier with your down to earth attitude and professionalism. I appreciated your honesty and willingness to listen when I went off on a tangent”.

“Melanie was excellent. Very informative and reassuring”.

“Throughout the whole dreadful experience of my divorce, Melanie’s professionalism and caring support was without fault. Her dedication to my needs was greater than I could have expected and I am exceptionally happy to have had her with me at this difficult time. I would like to add that her support team were also amazing and always helpful. Thank you”.

“Excellent service from Mel. Explained everything I needed to know. Professional and friendly”.

“Melanie was excellent as my Solicitor in dealing with my divorce. Everything was clearly explained to me. I would not hesitate to use Melanie again or recommend her to friends or family. Very happy with the service I received”.