Melissa has a wealth of commercial expertise in the Middle East across a variety of sectors.

Melissa is a partner and the head of our Commercial and IP practices in the Middle East, based in Dubai.

She provides advice to international businesses on commercial, corporate and general litigation matters relating to their operations in the UAE and the wider Middle East region. Her experience includes advising on: hospitality; IT; IP; franchising; media; data protection; privacy; consumer protection; food; sports; healthcare; and regulatory matters.

Melissa is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and holds an LLB from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. She is a member of INTA, American Bar Association, she is the Middle East representative for the Franchising Section of the International Bar Association, and is a member of a number of UAE, UK, USA, Australian and women’s business associations.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. Head of department Melissa Murray is praised by sources as delivering a "very good work product and very practical analysis." She is well known for her work on franchising, brand management and IP commercialisation.

    Chambers Global 2017
  2. “Melissa Murray heads the firm's commercial department. Clients say: "She's great, very responsive and clearly knowledgeable about UAE law." They add: "She provides very good practical advice." She is particularly well known for her work on franchising and the commercialisation of IP.”

    Chambers Global 2016
  3. "Melissa Murray was promoted to the partnership in May 2014 and is widely acclaimed for the comprehensive service she provides on franchising deals in the retail, hotel and restaurant sectors. Peers see her as a strong competitor."

    Chambers Global 2015