Head of Regulatory and Licensing
Mobile contact number: 07516 503950
Melissa is an experienced Regulatory and Licensing Solicitor, and Higher Rights Advocate, qualified for 15 years. Highly regarded for her work with the Bristol and wider South West Hospitality, Food and Drink sector, Melissa is an expert in licensing law including the sale of alcohol, use of premises, and running of sporting and cultural events. GL Law is the official legal partner of the British Association of Restaurants, Bars and Independent Establishments.
Specialist technical knowledge enables Melissa to deal effectively with professional disciplinary proceedings as well as challenges to regulatory and licencing decisions on appeal. As a Higher Rights Advocates, she has the capacity to advise in respect of parallel criminal investigations and prosecutions, inquests and disciplinary inquiries.
Melissa has an interest in sports law and regularly advises sports people, organisations and coaches. She is committed to the cost-effective resolution of sports-related disputes, specifically in areas of regulation, governance, anti-doping, stadia licensing, policing and event organisation.
Originally trained as a criminal solicitor and advocate, Melissa spent time as a regulatory lawyer for Bristol City Council. She worked with the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team, advising on the interpretation of newly introduced legislation whilst advising the national team of investigators on prosecutions which protected tenants. Melissa was intrinsic in the drafting of the LEA’s Enforcement Guidance and Toolkit, as well as BCC’s Penalty Policy.
Melissa is a member of:
- Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
- Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates (SAHCA)
- Black Solicitors’ Network (BSN)
- British Association of Restaurants, Bars and Independent Establishments (BARBIE)
- Institute of Licensing (IOL)
Examples of work Melissa specialises in:
- Acting for Birmingham’s largest rock and alternative bar, reinstating their premises licence following the suspension of the licence following a summary review.
- Representing nationwide Accor Hotels with due diligence and variation of the premises licences for their M Gallery and Ibis brands.
- Advising client on Biocidal Product Regulations
- Working with a chain of West End pharmacies, preventing prosecution from Trading Standards for a potential breach of EU Legislation.
Insight from Melissa
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Updated Health Protection Regulations for licensed premises and outdoor events
Food, drink & hospitality businesses - licensing pre-opening checklist
COVID-19: Reopening High Streets Safely Fund
BEIS to lead on Government’s taskforce for reopening the hospitality industry
Preparing to reopen - Advice for for the food, drink & hospitality industry
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Right to work checks go digital – a guide for employers
Construction – health & safety obligations amid Coronavirus
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