Shortlisted for an individual Legal 500 Award 2019 in the category of Public Sector
Excellent solicitor - creative, hardworking and imaginative
"A very impressive public lawyer"
Clients highlight her "international standard knowledge of public law"
Melanie is ‘a very good communicator with an Olympic-standard knowledge of public law’
Melanie Carter is lauded as ‘a highly able lawyer, who is excellent at client management’
Melanie Carter is praised by sources for being "a very good communicator with an Olympic-standard knowledge of public law"
'She is very impressive and quick to pick out salient points from masses of information.'
Winner of Lawyer Monthly
"She really takes the time to understand our business and the strategic importance to the work."
"She shows great personal interest in the areas of law that concern us."
"Very impressive, very bright"
'Excellent. She understands very quickly what we are after in terms of responsiveness, flexibility and a practical focus.'
'Responsive and helpful at all times, and the advice she provides is clear and pragmatic.'
Clients appreciate her ability to 'draw upon her experience to provide reassurance, insight and context.'
Selected as a super lawyer 2014.
"Her advice is always reliable and practical, she takes a constructive approach and she is always contactable."
“Very penetrating and someone who cuts to the chase. She justifiably inspires confidence.”
"She has always responded to my questions promptly, demonstrating consistency and insight in her advice," states a client.
One source highlights her 'grasp of political issues and complex legislative regulation' while another emphasises 'her previous experience at the Bar has been invaluable.'
I have worked for over 25 years as a public law and information law specialist, in the public sector (Home Office, Treasury Solicitors Department, Commission for Racial Equality, General Optical Council etc.), the third sector and in the private sector.
I am ranked as a leader in public & administrative law in the legal directories, also in information law, local government, elections and professional regulation.
I am a specialist in judicial review proceedings and regularly advises a broad range of public authorities on their powers and duties, as well as acting for those seeking to challenge the decisions of public authorities.
I am an expert in professional regulatory work. I have worked for many years as a specilaist in this field, both as a high level adviser drafting rules and regulations, running cases acting for individuals and as a legal assessor.
I am a specialist in data protection and Freedom of Information and is a Tribunal Judge in the First Tier (Information Rights) Tribunal.
My public law experience is based on Government legal service work for many years and in-house in other public authorities. I work for a range of regulators for their public law, judicial review and information law work. Current and recent examples include advising the Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, the Single Source Regulations Office, the former Audit Commission, the General Dental Council, the General Optical Council and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (for whom she also sits as a legal assessor).
I am renowned as the national lead on public sector audit work for local government and NHS Trusts (I am retained by the National Audit Office and Wales Audit Offices and most of the large accountancy firms undertaking public sector audit). This work has included over the last 20 years, the most high profile audit investigations into corporate governance matters going all the way back to Westminster City Council’s recovery of the surcharge against Dame Shirley Porter in the “Homes for Votes Affair”.
I am a specialist in legislative drafting and parliamentary process. My expertise was learned in Government and is now provided to regulators responsible for their own legislation, foreign states and those seeking to draft opposition amendments. Examples of recent work have included the Prison and Parole Act in the Maldives, the Recall of MPs Bill for a backbench MP, statutory instruments achieving the transfer of public powers to a national charity and CPD rules for the General Optical Council.
I also sit as an international adjudicator for the Marine Stewardship Council.
Finally, I am a specialist in election law and has advised political parties and campaigners in recent general elections, referenda and in relation to lobbying.