Tim Melville-Walker
“Mr Melville-Walker was a pleasure to work with, listening to my concerns and wishes whilst offering sound counsel throughout, resulting in a harmonious settlement. I will have no hesitation in recommending your firm to friends and family.”…“Very professional and highly qualified – Tim really knows his stuff.” .. “Tim Melville-Walker has been excellent and a credit to your firm.”

Tim Melville-Walker

Partner and Head of Family Law

T: 01730 816711
E: TMW@macdonaldoates.co.uk


Tim is a Partner and Head of the firm’s Family Law Department. He is also a Deputy District Judge.

Work Areas

Tim is a specialist in family law and has considerable experience in that area including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, finances, children issues, unmarried couples and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. He has a particular specialism in advising clients on domestic violence and abuse/stalking cases.

Career History

Tim undertook his training contract with Woodford & Ackroyd (who later became Trethowan Woodford) and joined MacDonald Oates in 1998 where he became a Partner in 2003.

Tim is a Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer and Family Law Arbitrator, one of the first solicitors to undertake this training.

Over his career Tim has been a member of the Law Society Family Panel, a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel and a Resolution Accredited Specialist. He now sits part time as a Deputy District Judge, in addition to his family law work.

Tim is also a member and former Chair of the East Hampshire Independent Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum. He has won awards from Victim Support for his work with victims and witnesses.


In his spare time Tim enjoys science fiction, films, writing, martial arts and spends time keeping up with his dogs. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Midhurst and Petworth.