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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.

In 2023, 2022 and 2021, the Legal 500 ranked Melanie as one of the Leading Junior Counsels at the Australian Bar, stating:

  • 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 regularly appears in the NSW Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia, unled and led, at first instance and on appeal. She acts for top ASX 100 clients and government departments, as well as SMEs and individuals.

Melanie has co-chaired the NSW Bar Diversity and Equality Committee and sits on a Professional Conduct Committee. She has a Master of Laws (Corporate & Commercial) and Bachelor of Arts/Laws from UNSW, where she has also lectured in undergraduate and postgraduate law.  She is a member of the NSW Supreme Court Equity Division's Consultation Group chaired by his Honour Justice Hammerschlag CJ in Eq.