Ms Melissa Law > Edwards Duthie Shamash > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Edwards Duthie Shamash




Melissa joined Edwards Duthie Shamash as a solicitor and team leader of the Court of Protection department in August 2019. She was appointed as a Partner in April 2022.

Melissa has over nine years’ experience in Court of Protection and Community Care law and is an Accredited Legal Representative (ALR) under the Law Society Mental Capacity Accreditation Scheme. Melissa is also a Solicitor-Advocate, having obtained Higher Rights of Audience.

Melissa is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor as well as family members, RPPRs and Advocates, to represent vulnerable adults who are involved in Section 21A Deprivation of Liberty Mental Capacity Act 2005 proceedings.  She is also instructed routinely in Section 16 Mental Capacity Act 2005 proceedings relating to capacity and best interests on a number of matters such as residence, care, contact with particular individuals, foreign travel and engaging in sexual relations and consent to marriage.

Melissa also advises on the following issues:

  • The interface between the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Safeguarding issues
  • The Inherent Jurisdiction
  • Property and financial affairs
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Issues relating to the Care Act 2014
  • Carer’s rights
  • Judicial Review
  • Continuing healthcare
  • Transition from Children’s Act 1989 to Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Section 117 aftercare
  • Matters relating to the Human Rights Act 1998

Additionally, she has experience in Mental Health work and was previously a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme representing clients at First-tier Tribunal Hearings (Mental Health).