Melissa Law

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

Melissa specialises in Court of Protection and Community Care law and is an Accredited Legal Representative (ALR) under the Law Society Mental Capacity Accreditation Scheme.

Melissa is regularly instructed by The Official Solicitor as well as family members, RPPRs and Advocates, to represent vulnerable adults who are involved in Section 21A Deprivation of Liberty Mental Capacity Act 2005 proceedings as well in s.16 Welfare Mental Capacity Act 2005 proceedings relating to capacity and best interests on a number of matters such as residence, care, contact with particular individuals, foreign travel and consent to sexual relations and consent to marriage.

Melissa also advises on the following:

  • The interface between the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Safeguarding issues
  • The Inherent Jurisdiction
  • Property and financial affairs
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Deputyship Applications
  • Statutory Wills
  • Issues relating to the Care Act 2014
  • Carer’s rights
  • Judicial Review
  • Continuing healthcare
  • Transition from Children’s Act 1989 to Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Section 117 aftercare

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

In the 2019 Legal 500 Melissa was described as “a rising star – dynamic and thoughtful”. In the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 Melissa is described as “great: always very responsive and thoughtful” and, along with colleague Laura Dawson, as being “very good at going the extra mile to ensure the person they represent is given the best possible opportunity to participate in proceedings”.

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 2017 – 2019
  • Solicitor and Team Leader, Edwards Duthie Shamash November 2019 onwards
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