Melissa joined the Family Team of Oriel Chambers in August 2019. Before joining Chambers Melissa worked within the Midland Circuit.
Melissa is a barrister specialising in family law, with a focus on private and public children proceedings. Melissa has developed a reputation for meticulous preparation of cases. She has appeared at all levels up to and including the High Court and was led by a more senior member of the bar in March 2019.
Melissa is approachable, measured and conscientious. She regularly develops strong professional rapports with clients. She is a popular choice with clients and instructing solicitors.
In the private law sector, Melissa has represented parents seeking child arrangement orders, including applications for prohibited steps orders, specific issue orders and parental responsibility. She has significant experience in private law disputes. Melissa has dealt with a number of cases which involve legal disputes, finding of facts hearings, same sex relationships, vulnerable parents, mental health difficulties, parental alienation and where 16.4 Guardians have been appointed. Melissa also has experience of cross-examining vulnerable witnesses and child witnesses. She is a popular choice in all aspects of private law proceedings with solicitors and clients alike.
Melissa has developed a busy and varied practice, regularly appearing in the Family Court representing parents, grandparents, guardians, interveners and local authorities in public law proceedings. Melissa represents clients regularly on complex multi-day hearings. She has experience of cases that involve neglectful parenting, drug and alcohol abuse and non-accidental injuries. Melissa has also appeared in cases where matters of radicalisation have been an issue. Melissa is often instructed on Family Law Act applications, including Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders.
Melissa is accredited under the Direct Access scheme and welcomes instructions directly from members of the public where necessary
Melissa read Law at University of Leeds, before undertaking the Bar Professional Training Course. She is a confident orator. Having completed the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (L.A.M.D.A) with distinction, she has the confidence and ability to be clear and concise when making submissions in Court.
Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Outside of work, Melissa is a keen netball player and enjoys horse riding. Melissa also enjoys travelling. She has visited a number of countries such as Mexico, Kenya, Thailand, Iceland, Sri-Lanka and Canada.