Melanie  Zwennes

Melanie Zwennes:


Melanie is a solicitor in the Business Crime and Regulatory team advising on criminal and regulatory matters.

She represents clients investigated by the Serious Fraud Office, Crown Prosecution Service and Trading Standards and deals with the day-to-day handling of client matters.

Melanie also undertakes solicitors defence work representing individuals who are investigated by the SRA. She also has experience of advising clients who are investigated by other regulatory bodies such as the Bar Standards Board, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and General Medical Council.

Prior to joining Howard Kennedy, Melanie worked at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) where she worked on investigations for breaches of UK competition laws. Her duties involved preparing for and conducting dawn raids, legal research, providing advice, drafting legal documents and conducting reviews and analysis of evidence. Among other investigations, Melanie was also involved in the criminal cartel investigation into the UK construction industry.

Melanie is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association and Women in Criminal Law.

Recent work

  • Leading a document review of over 30,000 documents on a large scale SFO investigation
  • Supporting the lead partner on a potential third party intervention into a £6,000,000 confiscation claim
  • Assisting a partner in a major money laundering investigation and trial.
  • Working on a large SRA investigation.
  • Assisting in the preparation of the defence of an individual in the SFO Euribor investigation.

Random fact

Melanie loves tennis and enjoys travelling on short breaks.