I began my current role in the civil liberties unit at Stephensons in 2012.
I initially joined Stephensons as a graduate clerk in 2006 and quickly developed own caseload. I commenced the Legal Practice Course on a part time basis whilst working in the community care department and started my training contract with Stephensons 2010. During my training I gained experience in the community care, crime, housing and public law departments.
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 also assist in raising formal complaints to Social Services, Health Authorities and the Ombudsman.
Areas of specialism
- Community care
- Judicial Review applications
- Formal complaints
- Children with disabilities
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."
“Good quick friendly and helpful service with good communication.”
“Reliable, friendly, very understanding, fair and professional.”