Arbitration & Mediation | Clinical Negligence | Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Personal Injury | Professional Discipline | Public & Administrative Law
Prior to studying law, Melanie was a Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, subspecialising in craniofacial neurosurgery, trauma, spina bifida and antenatal counselling.
Melanie graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Medicine in 2002 with Honours, and completed general surgical training at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, which involved experience of orthopaedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, breast and general surgery and neurosurgery. Six-year Specialist Registrar training in adult and paediatric neurosurgery in Nottingham was followed by a Fellowship in Brisbane, which comprised a year specialising exclusively in paediatric neurosurgery. Melanie practised medicine for over 15 years and throughout her neurosurgical career she was actively involved in NHS Trust governance processes, most recently acting as Governance Lead within her department, which allowed her to develop a keen interest in improving patient safety and processes. Throughout her neurosurgical career, Melanie presented work at national specialty meetings and co-authored several book chapters on neurosurgical topics.
Melanie brings to her legal practice a high level of expertise applicable to clinical negligence and personal injury claims. Her breadth of exposure to a wide range of medical specialties, combined with the advantages of working as a Consultant Neurosurgeon, gives Melanie a unique perspective and knowledge base to critically analyse medical evidence and understand healthcare regulatory processes. This background will assist Melanie in dealing with all clients in a sensitive and compassionate manner and in the future she hopes also to appear on behalf of bereaved families at Coroner's inquests.
Melanie is currently supervised by Caroline Musgrave, and has had experience of a variety of Employment Tribunal claims involving complex issues relating to redundancy and maternity discrimination, trade unions, whistleblowing and group litigation involving age discrimination and victimisation. In addition, Melanie has assisted in a complex external investigation into bullying at a national organisation.
During her first six of pupillage Melanie was supervised by Martin Seaward, representative for the Fire Brigades Union at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and was involved in a wide variety of personal injury claims including complex post-traumatic stress disorder and high value employer's liability claims. She has gained exposure to clinical negligence cases including cauda equina syndrome, delayed cancer diagnosis and orthopaedic clinical negligence and has worked with other members of Chambers who represent bereaved families in Coroner's inquests.
Throughout her pupillage, Melanie has observed many remote hearings. She is a confident user of the required technologies and equipped to accept instructions requiring any remote hearing platform. Melanie is able to accept instructions to attend remote and in-person hearings in all areas of chambers expertise from the beginning of April 2021.
QUALIFICATIONS AND AWARDS
BPTC, BPP University
GDL, BPP University
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Surgical Neurology)
MBChB (with Honours), University of Aberdeen
Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize, Lincoln's Inn
Fulton Prize for Elective in Neurosciences
Anderson Medal for Clinical Medicine
Sir Dugald Baird Medal for Obstetrics and Gynaecology