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Melinka Berridge

Tel:
Work 020 7814 1200
Email:
Kingsley Napley LLP

Work Department

Regulatory and professional discipline.

Position

Melinka acts on behalf a number of the firm’s regulatory clients, including the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and the General Dental Council (GDC). Melinka is responsible for overseeing the investigation of fitness to practise complaints and routinely appears on the most complex and high profile cases on behalf of the leading national regulators. She has defended individuals who have been investigated for misconduct by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). She also sits as a clerk to the Professional Conduct Committee of the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Melinka leads the team responsible for criminal regulatory and private prosecutions at Kingsley Napley. She acts for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in respect of their criminal investigations into the unlawful actions of security guards, security companies and their employees. She provides training to SIA investigators on the lawful use of their investigation and prosecutorial powers and responsibilities. Melinka acts for both the corporate bodies and individuals that operate in this leisure and hospitality sector. She has vast experience defending regulatory prosecutions instigated by local authorities on matters involving: trading standards, underage sales, noise nuisance, health and safety, food safety and breach of licence conditions.

Career

Admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the High Court of New Zealand 2000; employed by Crown Solicitor for Wellington, New Zealand 2000-05; admitted to the roll of solicitors for England and Wales 2006; head of licensing JD Wetherspoon plc 2006-09; solicitor advocate 2007; Kingsley Napley LLP 2009 to date, partner 2011.

Member

Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates (SACHA); Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL); Anglo-Australasian Lawyers’ Society (AALS); Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA).


London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Kingsley Napley LLP's 'lawyers are responsive, cases are always investigated to a high standard and they have great and detailed knowledge of relevant legislation and its application in this field'. The regulatory practice uniquely spans the healthcare, finance, education and legal service sectors and its work is complemented by the firm's criminal, dispute resolution and public law departments, with the practice's work covering fitness to practise proceedings for regulators and complex defence advice for regulated individuals. It acted for the Health and Care Professions Council in a case involving a registered sonographer facing complex and technical allegations, which included failures to scan women appropriately. Head of the regulatory team Nicola Hill is 'excellent'; the 'fabulous' Iain Miller is 'incredibly accessible, knowledgeable, thoughtful and pragmatic in his approach'; and Julie Matheson leads the team’s regulatory defence work for financial professionals and firms. Other recommended individuals are Julie Norris and Melinka Berridge and legal counsel Laura Ryan, while the key senior associates are Jenny Higgins, Lucy Williams, Sarah Harris , Shannett Thompson and Hannah Eales.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Jonathan Grimes leads the 'excellent' team at Kingsley Napley LLP, which 'has real expertise defending individuals and directors charged with health and safety offences' and is increasingly acting for corporate clients. Criminal lawyer Grimes receives praise for his 'great attention to detail and extremely savvy approach'; he regularly acts for clients in police and HSE investigations, inquests and in the criminal courts. Melinka Berridge is also a name to note; she is a member of the firm's regulatory team and acts for clients in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

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