The head of Shoosmiths' asset finance team is among the 50 most influential and powerful people in UK car finance.
Partner Melanie Chell has been included in this year's Motor Finance Power 50.
Ranked at 25, she is included in a list that features Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney. Financial Conduct Authority chief executive Martin Wheatley tops the list.
Motor Finance is the journal of the car finance industry, and its second annual Power 50 was voted for by the magazine and website readership, and adjudicated by Motor Finance staff.
Chell, who has more than 13 years' experience in the finance industry, is the only law firm representative to make the list.
She heads Shoosmiths' contentious asset finance team, and has particular expertise in fraud and injunctive relief in relation to motor vehicles and other high-value assets.
Legal directory Legal 500 says she has 'outstanding knowledge and experience...is easy to deal with and efficient'.
Shoosmiths' asset finance practice is one of the largest and most respected outside London, and recognised as among the leading teams in the UK.
It specialises in the full range of asset finance transactions (regulated and unregulated), from small to medium through to big ticket transactions (including marine, aviation, rail and motor); plus all aspects of asset finance litigation and recoveries, from routine undefended matters to large, complex cases.
The asset finance team is in turn part of Shoosmiths' Recoveries Services Group (RSG), which brings together recoveries for two sectors - lenders and other major businesses.
Partner and head of RSG Waine Mannix said: "Mel possesses remarkable industry knowledge, and is hugely respected in what is a specialist field. It comes as no surprise she's considered a key player in the motor finance sector."
Chell rejoined Shoosmiths in 2011, having been a trainee at the firm.