Prior to qualification as a solicitor my background was in the public sector, including local authority, mental health and women's aid. I joined Stephensons upon completion of my degree in 2006 and have specialised in community care since, though I have also spent time in the housing law, public law and criminal litigation teams.
I currently represent both adults and children with mental health problems, physical disabilities and behavioural problems, including ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome in obtaining services and suitable accommodation from both Social Services and the NHS in addition to challenging decisions to remove or reduce care packages.
I have developed a particular interest in representing vulnerable children in disputes with Social Services and have issued many successful Judicial Review claims with satisfactory outcomes.
I can assist in raising formal complaints to Social Services, Health Authorities and the Ombudsman. I am experienced in a range of issues involving the Court of Protection including mental capacity assessments, best interest meetings and appeals.
Areas of specialism
- Community care
- Judicial Review applications
- Formal complaints
- Children with disabilities
- Court of Protection
What our clients think
"From the outset Melanie handled our daughter's case in an expert but understanding way. She put her at ease and gave us the support and reassurance that we needed. We couldn't have asked for better."
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