Melanie Baker-Jones Senior Solicitor

Melanie joined the Simpson Western Silverdale team in early 2018 and was admitted to the bar later that year. As Silverdale is a general practice office, Melanie has experience across a range of areas of law, however her primary focus is in the areas of commercial, company and trust law.

Prior to her entry into law, Melanie had a successful career in IT, starting in desktop support, database management and later worked as a network engineer / team lead gaining valuable experience across a range of businesses. After taking a break to bring up her family, Melanie completed her law degree and later her PhD in law focusing on risk, liability and emergency management.

Melanie has returned to the Hibiscus Coast after spending a number of years in Australia. Melanie has four energetic boys and spends her spare time with her family, hiking, mountain biking and making the most of the New Zealand great outdoors.


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