Year of Call 2012


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Areas of Practice

  • Civil Law
  • Cyber/Online Crime
  • Fraud and financial crime


Melissa is on the editorial board of the IBA’s Business Law International journal.

Professional Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Society for Computers and Law
  • Advocates for International Development

Public Access

Melissa is public access accredited and can be instructed directly by members of the public or companies in suitable cases.


Melissa specialises in data protection, privacy, and commercial matters relating to information. She has expertise in all aspects of information, including compliance with data laws, access, disclosure, ownership, confidentiality, and reputational issues from an individual or corporate perspective.

She regularly advises in contentious and non-contentious matters on the GDPR/UK GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018, Freedom of Information Act 2000, EU Privacy and Data laws, Defamation Act 2013, breach of confidence, database rights and misuse of private information.

Her experience includes regulatory and criminal investigations, and she can advise on the Malicious Communications Act 1988, Computer Misuse Act 1990, and criminal offences under the Data Protection Act 2018.

Melissa works with the data governance organisation DataReady, producing guidance and advising on policy projects for organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Sustainable Development Group and the ISEAL Alliance.

Melissa is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as an Information Privacy Professional in European Data Law (CIPP/E). She has published several journal articles and books on privacy, data protection and technology and has a popular blog and a podcast series:

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