Melanie is a senior solicitor in the employment team, who acts for businesses and individuals. She is an experienced advocate having undertaken over 130 hearings including eight final hearings at the employment tribunal.
Melanie uses this expertise when she advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and day to day HR enquiries such as grievances, disciplinary hearings and redundancies amongst other queries. She has substantial experience drafting policies, contracts and settlement agreements and has negotiated the resolution of a wide range of disputes.
Melanie also advises individuals and businesses on a range of privacy and data protection matters, including audits to ensure compliance, data protection policies and procedures (including DSARs and data breaches) and enquiries relating to the UK data protection legislation. She has recently advised a client on implementing an international data transfer agreement (IDTA) with consideration of a transfer risk assessment.
Her recent experiences include: implementing a European-wide strategy to prepare businesses for ongoing data protection compliance, advising on the everchanging Covid-19 legislation and successfully defending a claim for unfair dismissal from initial instruction to advocacy at the four-day final hearing.
Prior to joining Clarkslegal, Melanie trained and worked in-house at G4S, the world’s largest security company, for over 7 years. She managed employment issues for around 35,000 staff.
Working in-house has enabled Melanie to develop commercial acumen, sector knowledge and formulate practical and innovative solutions to clients’ legal queries.
Read, listen and watch our latest insights
- 07 February 2023
A guide on redundancy and settlement agreements
This guide will help you navigate the tricky topic of redundancy and settlement agreements, covering what redundancy means for both employers and employees, as well as how settlement agreements work in practice.
- 07 February 2023
National Apprenticeships Week: Apprenticeships providing skills for the future
This week (6-12 February 2023) is National Apprenticeships Week! This year’s theme is ‘Skills for Life’, which is reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and for organisations to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future.
- 06 February 2023
Redundancy and settlement agreements – What you need to know
In this podcast Ciara Duggan and Sana Nahas members of the employment team at Clarkslegal will guide you through the tricky topic of redundancy and settlement agreements, covering what redundancy means for both employers and employees, as well as how settlement agreements work in practise.
- 30 January 2023
Deborah Scales comments on ‘the proposed Mental Health First Aid Bill’
In People Management, Deborah Scales, Associate at Clarkslegal, discusses the reasons why people professionals would likely welcome a change in set law as a “relatively swift and cost-effective” way to help the workplace.
- 25 January 2023
Government’s response to menopause recommendations in the workplace
The UK Government has recently rejected calls for the menopause to be made a ‘protected characteristic’ and for a large-scale pilot of menopause leave.