Melanie Bird

Melanie Bird


Melanie is a commercially minded lawyer and is passionate about obtaining a swift, sensible resolution for her clients and maintaining and nurturing her client relationships which are very important to her.

Melanie commenced her career with a national firm in 2003, with a focus on general litigation and debt recovery. In a career that has spanned well over 15 years, Melanie has worked in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. Her move from Melbourne to Brisbane saw her take the lead to set up and grow a new office. During her time in Melbourne and Brisbane she also made some fantastic connections that she continues today.

Moving back to Adelaide in 2008, she worked for a well-regarded Adelaide firm, becoming a partner there in 2012. She later took on a role with another reputable Adelaide firm as Special Counsel.

In 2021, following the sad passing of Daniel Roach, Melanie became sole director and manager of the firm and is dedicated to ensuring excellent legal service to clients and continued community involvement by the RCL team.

Her early practise in debt recovery expanded to cover insolvency, banking and finance, property law, and general commercial litigation. She also has a host of experience in wills and estate litigation, and employment law – running several unfair dismissal, redundancy, and harassment cases for employers and employees.

When she is not at work, she is busy as a single mother with her little boy and two dogs.

Caitlyn O’neil

Caitlyn O’neil


Caitlyn has been a solicitor with RCL since early 2019 but had been clerking with the firm from late 2018 whilst completing her studies with Flinders University. Whilst at Flinders she obtained a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting.
Having grown up in the Southern Suburbs, Caitlyn understands the importance of helping local businesses and building local connections. Her double degree allows her to assist clients in many of our practice areas, particularly those that involve a financial nature.

Caitlyn is also an avid sport fan, having been involved in netball, surf lifesaving and swimming clubs from a very young age. Caitlyn is still heavily involved in several local netball associations, both in a playing and coaching capacity, and you can often find her on a netball court somewhere in the southern community.

Vale Daniel Roach

12 October 1982 - 23 March 2021

Our founding Director Daniel passed away after a two year fight against cancer.

Daniel was a much adored husband, father, son and brother. His drive, dedication and hard work helped build Roach Corporate Law to the well-respected firm it is today. He was an amazing, supportive boss and admired and respected by his work colleagues.

Daniel was dedicated to the wider Southern Community which was portrayed by his work and assistance to numerous community projects, being a member of various Boards and committees and his passion to always offer help to the community wherever he could both from a legal and non-legal perspective.

His passion, dedication, determination, sheer bravery, courageous and enormous strength and kindness will shine on in each one of us at Roach Corporate Law.