I love to help solve complex problems by working alongside my clients with ingenuity and effort.

Melanie in 60 seconds

Melanie has 18 years’ experience working in Canberra for government, corporate and private clients. Her main areas of practice are dispute resolution, litigation and conducting investigations and reviews.

Melanie acts for and advises government entities, including on sensitive and high profile matters. Melanie’s clients value her legal skills and her commitment to finding real solutions to complex disputes. Melanie understands the policy and administrative context in which disputes can arise and which govern how they must be resolved. She has assisted clients to make sound administrative decisions and to respond to administrative challenges.

Melanie also acts for private, corporate and insurance clients. Her experience includes commercial, tort, construction and intellectual property claims. Melanie knows that litigation is a last resort. She helps clients to understand and manage their risks so as to avoid disputes arising or escalating.

Melanie has had a lead role in the conduct of major investigations and reviews for the Australian Government. Melanie led the large team supporting the Independent Investigator for Allegations of Workplace Bullying and Other Unreasonable Behaviour at CSIRO. She was also a co-leader of the Review of Allegations of Sexual and Other Abuse in Defence, which led to the establishment of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce. More recently, Melanie has conducted investigations as the delegate of a number of Departmental Secretaries under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth).

Melanie is a registered Migration Agent. She assists corporate and individual clients with employer sponsored, investment and business migration to Australia.

Melanie’s recent experience

University of Canberra – Melanie acted for the University to explore recovery and rectification options for defective work carried out by contractors on an infrastructure project.

Department of Finance/Comcover – Melanie assisted the Department of Finance and Comcover to resolve many litigated and unlitigated claims for damages for negligent misstatement in relation to eligibility to join the Commonwealth superannuation scheme.

Commonwealth Department – Melanie has carried out workplace investigations under the PID Act as the delegate of the Secretary. She has investigated a broad range of allegations including breach of Commonwealth procurement requirements, theft of Commonwealth property, workplace bullying and discrimination.

Qualifications

  • BA LLB (Hons)

    GDLP

Independent Recognition

Recognised as a leading commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer in Doyle’s Guide in 2015 and 2016.

Recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia® in each year since 2013 in the categories of alternative dispute resolution, government practice, insurance law, litigation and public law.

Industry associations

Migration agent registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARN 0006966).

Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACLA), the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and the Women Lawyers Association.