Melanie Baker-Jones Solicitor

Melanie joined the Simpson Western Silverdale team as a Law Clerk in March 2018 and was admitted to the bar in November 2018. She assists Sarah Martin and her team on a range of corporate and commercial matters.

Having recently completed her PhD in law, Melanie is keen to gain practical experience. Prior to her entry into law, Melanie had a career in IT and gained valuable experience across business from large corporations to small businesses.

Melanie has recently returned to the Hibiscus Coast where she grew up, after spending a number of years in Australia. Outside of work her family takes priority. Melanie has four energetic boys and spends her spare time with her family; watching them play football, hiking, mountain biking and making the most of the New Zealand great outdoors.


“It's fantastic to be working with an energetic and collaborative team who nurture their staff and ensure they develop good practice from day one. Being able to work for a firm which supports its local community and also services larger corporates provides an interesting variety of work.”


Melanie's areas of expertise

  • Shareholder agreements
  • Business sales and purchases
  • Business restructuring and finance
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Lifestyle planning for private clients (wills and enduring powers of attorney) Trusts


BA (Sociology), University of Canterbury

LLB, Queensland University of Technology

PhD Law, Queensland University of Technology