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Melanie Willems Listed in Best Lawyers UK for 6th Consecutive Year

June 08, 2021
Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Melanie Willems has been listed in the 10th Edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom. Melanie, who is head of international arbitration in the firm’s London office, has been recognized in Best Lawyers UK since 2015.

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Melanie focuses her practice on international arbitration and is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution (expert determination, mediation, adjudication and so forth). She has extensive experience in ad hoc proceedings and the major international rules, such as ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID and standard form contract rules. She also represents clients in court in the UK and sits as an arbitrator.

Melanie continues to be recognized as a ranked lawyer in the international arbitration category practice area of Chambers UK 2020, Chambers and Partners. The guide says that “Melanie Willems leads the international arbitration practice at Haynes and Boone and demonstrates particular skill in the energy and construction sectors. She frequently acts as both counsel and arbitrator in a range of disputes.”

Previously, Chambers UK reported that Melanie Willems is "extremely bright and very passionate about her clients' needs" and “is particularly proficient in representing clients in the oil and gas sector in commercial and projects disputes.”

Melanie is also recognized in the international arbitration section of the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 UK, Legalease and The Legal 500 International Arbitration Powerlist published March 2019.

Melanie acts for clients in a range of industries, including engineering, energy, construction, rail, infrastructure/transport, hotels, retail, property development, banking and finance, technology and insurance. She has particular experience in contractual disputes arising from energy, major projects and engineering matters. She has advised clients on international projects in the Middle East, Asia, India and Africa in relation to foreign investments, power plants, renewable energy, desalination plants, petrochemical plants, oil rigs, pipelines, hotels, roads/highways, hospitals, transport and government projects.

Melanie is a prolific writer and speaker and is frequently sought after to speak on topics related to international arbitration and various forms of dispute resolution in the UK and abroad.

Learn more about the firm’s International Arbitration Practice.