Melanie J. Johnson is the Head of Compliance, International and a partner in Kirkland’s London office. Melanie provides regulatory and compliance advice to the Firm’s international offices. This includes advice on professional conduct and ethical obligations, as well as the application of international legislation to the Firm’s practice, such as Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering laws and data privacy legislation. Melanie is the Money Laundering Reporting Officer and the Solicitors Regulation Authority Compliance Officer for Legal Practice for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Melanie began her career as a litigator at the Bar of England & Wales. She subsequently developed broad corporate and commercial experience as a corporate attorney, working on cross border mergers and acquisitions, while based in New York, Paris and London.

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1993, Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales, Middle Temple


  • University of OxfordM.A., Modern HistoryHonours
  • College of Law, LondonCommon Professional Examination
  • Inns of Court School of LawBar FinalsHighly Commended

    Jules Thorn Law Scholarship

    Inns of Court Scholarship