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Since admission in early 2012, Melissa has worked solely in insurance litigation gaining extensive experience in managing claims for insurers and their insureds. She is also experienced working on treatment liability matters. Melissa benefits from time spent on ‘both sides of the bench’, completing her practical legal training as an Associate at the State Administrative Tribunal. This experience has given her considerable insight into the processes and procedures of Courts and Tribunals which assists her in practice.
Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Edith Cowan University in 2010, gained her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law in early 2012, and is currently working towards a Master of Human Rights at Curtin University.
Areas of expertise
Today, Melissa specialises in casualty work within HBA’s Perth office, from complex multi-defendant litigation to minor ‘slip and trip’ cases. She has significant Court experience and regularly appears before the District and Supreme Courts for pre-trial conferences, mediations, directions hearings, special appointments and interlocutory applications. Melissa also has unique trial experience, having prepared casualty matters for trial and appearing as instructing solicitor at trial.
With a pragmatic approach to each matter, Melissa keeps the best outcome for the client firmly in view. She is skilled at uncovering material facts, enabling her to best advise clients on resolution strategy. She has a special interest in risk management and sits on the WA Chapter Committee for RMIA.
Why clients like her
Melissa is hard working with sound negotiation and advocacy skills, and is always mindful of costs and reserves.