Melanie Carter


Melanie, head of the Public & Regulatory Law Department, has worked for over 25 years as a public law and information law specialist, in the public sector (Home Office, Treasury Solicitors Department, Commission for Racial Equality, General Optical Council etc.), the third sector and in the private sector.

She is ranked as a leader in public & administrative law in the legal directories, also in information law, local government, elections and professional regulation.

She is a specialist in judicial review proceedings and regularly advises a broad range of public authorities on their powers and duties, as well as acting for those seeking to challenge the decisions of public authorities.

Melanie works for a range of regulators for their public law, judicial review and information law work. Current and recent examples include advising the Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, the Single Source Regulations Office, the National Audit Office and the former Audit Commission, the General Dental Council, the General Optical Council and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (for whom she also sits as a legal assessor).

Melanie also sits as an international adjudicator for the Marine Stewardship Council.

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Contact details

+44(0)20 7551 7615;

Areas of Practice


Year Qualified



Cambridge University, BA, 1983


Administrative Law Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers Association
Founding member of Public Law Solicitors Association