Melissa Nielsen

Knowing the firm supports her personal commitment to both family and community, resonates strongly with partner Melissa Nielsen.

Balancing a busy career with the commitments associated with raising three young children can sometimes be a challenge but, through flexible work arrangements, technology, strong organisational skills and a positive outlook, Melissa makes it work.

“I’ve certainly benefited from the firm’s commitment to flexible work arrangements and it’s something that I strongly value.  On a number of occasions, I’ve had the opportunity to change my working hours and days when commencing and returning from parental leave.  During this time, I’ve also been able to continue my career progression through to partner.  Miller Harris Lawyers gives me the flexibility to work in a way which best suits my needs and the needs of my clients and for me, that’s important.”   Melissa is also a strong advocate for the firm’s approach to equity and diversity.  “The diversity of thought and opinion that comes from employing people from a range of different backgrounds is a key strength of our firm and provides us with a competitive edge.  I know that I work in an environment where different ideas and points of view are embraced.  It means I have the confidence to be innovative and continually challenge and improve the ways in which we work.”

Melissa was also the driving force behind the establishment and ongoing success of the firm’s annual Send Hope Not Flowers Luncheon, an event which to date has raised in excess of $80,000 in support of the valuable work this charity undertakes in our region.  “There is a sense of fulfilment I get from knowing that I have assisted those less fortunate than myself.  The fact that the firm strongly supports Send Hope Not Flowers and the other community initiatives I’m involved with, is important to me.  I’m also proud to see the way in which our whole team really get behind these initiatives and make a positive difference to the communities in which we live and work.”