Melissa is a Partner in Hamel-Smith’s Transactional Department.
Melissa began her career in the Firm’s Property & Estates Group, where she conducted conveyancing and other property transactions. More recently, Melissa’s passion for achieving her client’s commercial objectives and her keen business acumen has led her to become more actively involved in the firm’s Banking and Finance Group. Her recent experience includes secured lending and securities transactions, loan financing, capital markets transactions and banking and securities regulation. She has acted for local and international commercial, financial and governmental entities.
Melissa Inglefield is featured in this directory with an Up-and-Coming Ranking (2020-2021) among the corporate/commercial lawyers in Trinidad & Tobago. A sample of the commentaries reported by Chambers Global include:
Melissa Inglefield as “someone who has demonstrated impeccable work product, has a good approach and is very commercially minded.” She advises on an array of finance transactions and capital markets issuances, and her name is well known to fellow professionals, who judge her to be” a very good and solid younger lawyer.” – 2021
Up-and-coming lawyer Melissa Inglefield is praised for “her thoroughness – she clearly does very good and wide-ranging research.” She maintains a focus on banking and securities regulation, and additionally handles secured lending and capital markets transactions. One source said: “Her opinion work is of a very high level.” – 2020
Author: The Path to Becoming Listed – featured in the T&T Guardian newspaper on December 6, 2020;
Author: Contractual Notice Requirements – It’s in the details… featured in the T&T Guardian newspaper on September 13, 2020;
Author: You Gotta Have (GOOD) Faith, Faith, Faith… Or Do You?, Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 11 Issue 5, August 2020 and also featured in the T&T Guardian newspaper;
Contributed to the Lex Mundi Chapter on the topic of COVID-19 Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Restructuring with a Focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, May 18, 2020;
Author: A Company Medical – How Healthy Is Your Company? Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 10 Issue 6, April 2019 and also featured in the T&T Guardian newspaper
Co-Author: Revisiting Cross Border Secured Financing Part II: The Security Package, Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 10 Issue 3, January 2018
Co-Author: The Securities (Amendment) Act, 2014: A Step Forward, Hamel-Smith Forum, November 2014
Co-Author: Access to the Foreign Market – The Securities Act, 2012!, Hamel-Smith Forum, October 2013
Co-Author: Issuers and Investors Beware: The Securities Act 2012 is Here, Hamel-Smith Forum, March 2013
Co-Author: Negligent Valuations… You Stand To Lose, Hamel-Smith Forum, October 2011
2014: Provided training to several local entities on the repercussions of insider trading restrictions (contained in the Securities Act, 2012).
2013: Assisted with the preparation of a presentation for a local financial institution regarding the the Securities Act, 2012.
2012: Conducted Mortgage training at a local financial institution.
2010: Legal Practicing Certificate (L.P.C), The College of Law of England & Wales
2009: LL.B (Hons), The University of Manchester, UK