- 2016 - 2017: University of the West of England, BPTC, Very Competent
- 2013 - 2016: University of Bristol, LLB (Hons) Law, 2:1
Melissa joined 30 Park Place following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Christian J Howells (Civil and Public) and Catherine Heyworth (Family).
Accepting instructions in all areas of Civil, Family and Public law, Melissa appears in the County and Family Courts, the Court of Protection, Coroner’s Court and the Employment Tribunal. She is regularly instructed in trials, including fast-track matters, as well as regulatory hearings and inquests. Melissa also represents Local Authorities and parents in a wide variety of family proceedings. She is well-experienced in providing detailed, clear and sensible advice on all aspects of the litigation process, as well as having a real proficiency for courtroom advocacy.
Melissa is an approachable, personable advocate who has an empathetic but pragmatic approach with both lay and professional clients. Having previously volunteered with the Citizens Advice Bureau, Melissa gained valuable practical experience of advising clients on a wide range of legal issues, as well as assisting them with drafting documents and preparing for court proceedings. Since becoming a tenant, Melissa has developed a busy paper practice across all areas of law, and welcomes this in addition to court work.
Having grown up in Cardiff, Melissa was educated at Cardiff High School before reading Law at the University of Bristol. She remained in Bristol to complete the Bar Professional Training Course before returning to Cardiff for pupillage. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys swimming, cycling and travelling.