Napthens Head of Corporate

Keith Melling

Role: Partner
Dept: Head of Corporate
Locations: Preston, Liverpool
Direct Dial: 01772 904318
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Keith Melling heads up Napthens' Corporate team.  As a highly experienced, award winning corporate lawyer, Keith is a member of the Executive Board and brings commercial expertise in advising and working with businesses at board level.  Keith has developed a high profile within the Lancashire and regional business community, handling a wide range of corporate and commercial work for clients including private equity backed and owner managed businesses, banks and financial institutions, individual shareholders, venture capitalists and management teams.


Keith is a highly regarded corporate lawyer and is ranked in legal services guide 'The Legal 500' as a leading individual.  He has particular expertise in advising clients in the healthcare, motor retail, transport, manufacturing and financial services sectors.

In 2022, Keith was named on the North West Business Insider 'North West Professionals Power List'.


Born and brought up in Preston, Keith joined Napthens in 2009.  He previously worked at Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester for ten years, acting for clients such as United Utilities and PZ Cussons before he moved back to Preston in 2005.  Keith lives in Mellor, just outside Blackburn.  He was educated at Hutton Grammar School, read law at Durham University and is married with 2 young sons.

Memberships and Awards

'Incredibly experienced' Keith is ranked by 'Chambers and Partners’ and by 'Legal 500' legal directories as a leading individual:  ‘ ‘exceptional’ with 'first rate legal knowledge' . In 2012, Keith was delighted to be awarded Dealmaker of the Year at the prestigious Lancashire Dealmakers Awards – the first and last time the award has ever been given to a solicitor. Under his leadership the corporate team was also awarded ‘Mid-sized Law Firm of the Year’ in 2019 & 2022.

Keith was named as a leading individual in Legal 500 2023.

More about Keith Melling

What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
Working with and meeting great people.

How do you like to relax out of work?
Learning to sail…and swimming ashore.

What is your proudest achievement?
My two sons, James and Hugh.

If you had an alternative career – what would be your fantasy job?
Anything to do with making the TV show Mad Men