Professional services business Knights has hired another Partner in Bristol – adding a food, drink  and hospitality specialist as the business continues its growth across the South West.

Partner Melissa Haskell has joined the team in Bristol and brings a huge amount of experience as an expert in regulatory and licensing law, specialising in the food and drink industry.

Melissa is a Solicitor Advocate with experience of both defence and prosecution work in all courts, helping a wide range of independent operators, breweries, large chain restaurants and hotels to navigate detailed and complex regulations.

Melissa regularly appears before licensing committees and magistrates courts nationwide for matters of investigation or prosecution regarding Trading Standards, Health & Safety, Noise Nuisance, Food Safety or Fire Safety which all affect licensed premises.

Melissa Haskell, Partner at Knights, said:

 “I feel it is an incredibly exciting time to join Knights, our Bristol team continues to have significant growth and we are quickly building a reputation in the city.

“With its reputation for providing an excellent and innovative service to clients coupled with focus on its people, Knights has a culture where everyone can thrive, directly mirroring my own values and commitment.

“I look forward to leveraging my legal expertise and relationships with other partners, colleagues and contacts to maximise our growth and success.”

Melissa’s arrival bolsters Knights’ team of more than 30 professionals in Bristol, working alongside a growing team in the business’ offices across the South West.

Knights has a full service offering in Bristol across corporate, real estate and dispute resolution law, including one of the UK’s largest specialist healthcare corporate teams.

James Christacos, Client Services Director at Knights, said:

“Melissa’s arrival is a fantastic indication of the reputation we’re building here in Bristol and the region.

“When we arrived in Bristol earlier this year, our ambition was to add even more talented professionals to our team. Melissa is the latest new face helping is to deliver on that ambition.

“We’re not slowing down. We want even more talent to join our team, so get in touch if you want to join an exciting, growing business with a national team of professionals.”

Knights is one of the fastest-growing professional services businesses in the UK.

With 25 offices nationwide, Knights is ranked within the top 50 UK law firms by revenue – with specialists in all key areas of corporate and commercial law.

The business’ team in Bristol are based in the city centre on Welsh Back.