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Melanie Cairns is a leading senior junior in commercial law at the NSW Bar. Her expertise includes equity & trusts, contract, corporations law, insurance, intellectual property, professional indemnity and real property.

The Legal 500 has ranked Melanie as one of the Leading Junior Counsels at the Australian Bar in 2021. She is known for being ‘a great communicator, a team player and very sharp. Melanie is hard-working, a critical thinker and great to work with. She is also a great supporter of more junior counsel.' Melanie is 'notable for the breadth of her commercial and equity expertise'.

Melanie has appeared unled in cases in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Federal Court. She has practiced at the NSW Bar for 13 years, and before that she was a Senior Associate at Clayton Utz for 7 years. Melanie is known for her commercial approach to running and resolving litigation and she has acted for a variety of clients including AIG, AMP, Baulderstone, Camden Council, Onepath (life insurer), Perpetual, QBE, the NSW Department of Health and Tenix Defence, as well as having acted for individuals and small to medium sized entities.

Melanie is a member of the Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Committee and its Diversity and Equality Committee. Melanie has a Master of Laws (Corporate & Commercial) and Bachelor of Arts/Laws from UNSW, where she has also lectured in undergraduate and postgraduate law.