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

Melanie also undertakes solicitors' defence work representing individuals who are investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. She also advises 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.

Melanie also advises on private prosecution matters.

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.

Melanie is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association, and Female Fraud Forum.

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 £6m 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 individuals in the SFO Euribor investigation.
  • Working on a private prosecution matter.
  • Advising a client in judicial review proceedings against public bodies such as the Arts Council England.
  • Assisting a partner in advising a client in connection with MLA requests to the United Kingdom.


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