• About Melanie

    I am a longstanding specialist in Public & Regulatory law and Information Law and act in both contentious and non-contentious matters. I am a member of the P&R team and Head of Information Law for the firm.

    My 30 years’ experience spans all points on the compass including work for central and local government, the NHS, NDPBs, professional regulators, private companies, national charities and other bodies with public functions. This includes advisory work and related litigation ranging from judicial reviews, statutory appeals, High Court proceedings, Tribunals to trustee/member disputes.

    I am ranked as a Band 1 lawyer for Administrative & Public Law in Chambers and a leader for the public sector in Legal 500. I am in the Hall of Fame for professional discipline in the Legal 500 and am also recommended in the directories for local government. I am ranked in the top ten public policy lawyers nationally in the parliamentary publication, Mace Index and am a Tribunal Judge.

    She's absolutely brilliant. Clients respect and couldn't speak more highly of her. She knows the field and brings a deep understanding of public law which is indispensable.

    Chambers UK, 2024

    I am a trusted adviser to various public authorities, regulators, charities and private companies, often operating at Board level and as external General Counsel. I have personally devised legal frameworks and drafted the statutory legislation or constitutional documents (e.g. primary and secondary legislation, Royal Charters, Codes of Conduct, disciplinary and complaints policies and procedures) for their implementation.   

    I led on the research for and then co-authored with the Law Society the International Toolkit for Women lawyers.


    • Inquiries and investigations working for or having worked on the Covid Inquiry, the Independent Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry, the Grenfell Inquiry, the Brook House Inquiry and the Infected Blood Inquiry. I have been appointed individually as an independent investigator in local government and NHS and am an independent adjudicator.
    • Central Government, having worked previously on the Crown Commercial framework for Central Government and in-house at the Home Office and Treasury Solicitors including expertise in Parliamentary procedure and legislative drafting.
    • Local government and NHS audit, as the national leader in legal advice in the private sector in this area.
    • Judicial review for numerous regulators.
    • Professional regulation, having for many years been a legal assessor and adviser in public law to a range of professional regulatory bodies.
    • Charities regulation including by the Charity Commission (compliance and statutory inquiries) and the Fundraising Regulator and broad governance issues. 
    • Freedom of Information, having acted on many requests, First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunal cases. I have been a Tribunal Judge in the First Tier since 2005.
    • Data protection including extensive advice on subject access requests, data transfers and sharing.

    She is an exceptional public lawyer - Melanie is knowledgeable on black-letter law, very strategic and really understands how to effectively run a case.

    Chambers UK, 2024


    She is an incredible lawyer with strong public inquiries expertise. Melanie has strong technical skills, and is dynamic and strategic.

    Chambers UK, 2024


    • I have led a major investigation into the finances of a local authority for an external auditor including the first ever use of an advisory notice for a bankrupt authority.
    • Devised data protection training for the whole of KPMG UK.
    • I have acted for a financial institution in securing an injunction against a public body.
    • I have drafted legislation for regulatory bodies, MPs and foreign governments.
    • I have worked on the Covid, Child Sexual Abuse, Grenfell, Infected Blood and Brook House Inquiries.
    • Conducted training on FOIA and DPA.
    • I have advised on challenges to clinical commissioning arrangements and continuing care.
    • I act for a Parliamentary regulator.
    • Advised in relation to international data transfer and adequacy.
    • Advised on data sharing agreements for public bodies.
    • I am advising a professional regulator on an international prosecution. 
    • I have given advice in relation to NHS finance.
    • Defended privacy proceedings in the High Court.
    • I have been appointed to act as an independent investigator in relation to a local government’s corporate governance arrangements. 
    • I am acting for a national appointing audit body on its powers and duties.
    • Advised regulators on application of PECA.
    • Conducted a claim in relation to breach of data protection rights against a national charity.
    • I have worked for national charities in relation to their statutory investigations by the Charity Commission.
    • Conducted data protection audits.
    • I advised on the creation of a separate and independent regulatory body for a profession.
    • I have advised on the constitutional amendments for a key legal regulator.

      Melanie is always totally focused on the best outcome for client.

      Chambers UK, 2023


Melanie Carter – enormously experienced and a force to be reckoned with.

The Legal 500, 2024

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