Melissa Law

Melissa is a solicitor and the Team Leader in the Court of Protection department.

Melissa specialises in Court of Protection and Community Care law. She is an Accredited Legal Representative (ALR) under the Law Society Mental Capacity Accreditation Scheme and is instructed by The Official Solicitor to represent vulnerable adults who are involved in Section 21A Deprivation of Liberty Mental Capacity Act 2005 proceedings as well as more complex cases to determine the client’s capacity to make decisions regarding matters such as consent to sexual relations, marriage and contact with particular individuals.

Melissa also advises on issues relating to the Care Act 2014 as well as the operation of the Deprivations of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) and other aspects of adult safeguarding.

Additionally, she has experience in Mental Health work and has previously been a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme representing clients at First-tier Tribunal Hearings (Mental Health).

Melissa is described as ‘a rising star – dynamic and thoughtful’ in the 2019 legal 500

Reported cases:

LB Tower Hamlets v NB & AU [2019] EWCOP 27


  • Paralegal, GN Law January 2013
  • Trainee solicitor, GN Law 2013 – 2015
  • Solicitor, GN Law 2015 – 2017
  • Assistant solicitor, Mackintosh Law 2017 – 2019
  • Solicitor and Team Leader, Edwards Duthie Shamash November 2019 onwards
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