As Founder and Chief Executive, Melissa Davis leads the legal PR, social media and legal directories teams within MD Communications. She works closely with the PR Directors on a day-to-day basis to ensure a high level of service, and supports clients to challenge the status quo when it comes to the how and why of communicating their critical messages.

As the former Head of Media and PR at the Law Society, Melissa was recognised as one of the leaders who instilled a campaign driven edge to the professional body and the solicitors’ profession.

She has a proven track record of delivering high-level brand and PR strategies for over 18 years in political, legal and commercial environments.

Melissa has extensive campaign experience – prior to the Law Society she set up and directed the communications directorate at the Institute of Economic Affairs – the UK’s original free-market think tank.

She has built MD Communications to ensure that retained and project clients can benefit from an effective campaign-based approach to the delivery of PR objectives and reputation management, Melissa has considerable experience of training lawyers and politicians internationally to deal with the media and understand the importance of brand positioning and messaging.

She has also trained key governments across the world as part of her pro-bono role with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

Melissa is a member of the Law Firm Management Committee Advisory Board, the former chair of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee Business Development Working Group and a member of the ABA Transnational Legal Practice Committee.

She is a regular speaker at conferences.