Melissa is an associate solicitor in our Rural department. She advises individuals and businesses across the rural sector, with particular focus on issues relating to land and property. As part of Napthens' Farm Future service which provides tailored succession planning guidance to farmers covering business, property and personal plans, Melissa provides be-spoke advice on partnership and business issues and on property related aspects of the farm business.
Melissa advises clients on a broad range of matters but has a particular focus and expertise advising on succession issues related to farming businesses and land and property issues within the rural and agricultural sector. She is described by legal industry 'bible' The Legal 500 as having 'excellent knowledge of agricultural law and is great with the firm's farming clients.'
Melissa joined Napthens in 2009 as a trainee and qualified with the firm in 2011. Prior to joining Napthens, Melissa read Law at the University of Leeds and completed the Legal Practice Course at Manchester BPP Law School. Melissa grew up on a dairy farm and was for many years involved with Burton in Lonsdale Young Farmers Club (YFC) and Settle District YFC. She regularly attends Agricolae (women farmers' club).
Memberships and Awards
Melissa is a Restricted (Secondee) Member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Melissa also obtained the joint highest mark in the November 2014 Administration of Trusts Advanced Certificate. In 2012 she received the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers Club Life Members Award.
More about Melissa Haigh
What is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement was reaching the summit of Helvellyn with my heavy rucksack on the second day of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition – my second proudest achievement being completing the full four day, 50 mile expedition!
Name your favourite film
I am a massive fan of James Bond films and I could watch them over and over again.
What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is knowing that you have been able to help someone else with a difficult situation.
What 3 items would you take with you on a desert island?
Radio/music, water bottle and slippers