Melinka Berridge > Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Kingsley Napley LLP

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Regulatory and professional discipline.


Melinka is a litigation specialist with expertise in the fields of private prosecutions, professional discipline and regulatory enforcement.

Melinka heads up the team responsible for private prosecutions. She helps individuals, corporates and charities bring criminal prosecutions, especially when the State fails to act.

Melinka has over twelve years’ experience of presenting high-profile fitness to practise cases. She also advises regulatory clients on the suitability of their enforcement regimes.

Melinka acts for directors and senior officers accused of committing health and safety offences. She also advises them on what constitutes effective governance over health and safety within their organisations.

Prior to joining Kingsley Napley, Melinka was the Head of Licensing for JD Wetherspoon plc. She continues to help operators in the leisure sector to comply with their regulatory responsibilities or respond to enforcement action.


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.


Melinka is a founding member of the Private Prosecutors’ Association. She is on the Advisory Board to the Victims of Crime Association of Lawyers.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

Kingsley Napley LLP‘s ‘professional discipline practice translates complex legal matters into simple, productive English‘. It covers the education, healthcare, finance, and professional and legal service sectors. Clients benefit from the group’s ability to work with members of the firm’s highly rated criminal, dispute resolution and public law departments. Nicola Hill, who heads up the regulatory team, advises many of the statutory healthcare, professional services and educational sector regulators. Iain Miller‘s clients include some of the largest law firms in the world, as well as almost all the legal service regulators in England and Wales. Melinka Berridge is the firm’s lead partner for a number of the team’s regulatory clients. Also recommended is Julie Norris, who advises professionals and corporations in the legal, financial, professional and health sectors. Other key names to note are Julie Matheson, who leads the team’s financial regulatory practice, and Sarah Harris, who acts on behalf of a large number of healthcare regulators. Barrister Hannah Eales and Shannett Thompson are notable senior associates.