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Melanie De Freitas

Year of Call: 1995
Email Address: [email protected]
Telephone: 01962 868884

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Clerk Details

  • Clerk Name: Robert Leonard
  • Clerk Telephone: 0330 332 0773
  • Clerk Email: [email protected]


Melanie De Freitas specialises primarily in child care work (public and private law).

In public law cases she has been instructed by Local Authorities, Guardians and Parents


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    Recent Public Law cases include:

    • Representing mother involving allegations of rape on a 4yr old by a  12 year old (11 day hearing)
    • Physical abuse, neglect and, more recently, factitious illness
    • A case involving serious NAI injuries to a baby. Complex medical issues resulting in numerous medical experts giving conflicting opinions (20 day hearing)
    • Case involving serious neglect and sexual abuse involving disabled parents (26 day hearing)
    • Hearing  involving  a serious factitious illness case heard in the High Court (8 day hearing)
    • Section 38(6) application  representing long term drug/alcohol user (7 day hearing)
    • Represent a mother whose already disabled child suffered acute subdural haemorrhages and the central issues resulting in a finding of fact hearing to decide the range of possibilities on how the injuries were caused.  Complex medical evidence hearing necessary (9 day hearing)
    • G and H (welfare of the children) [2021] EWFC B21 (06 April 2021)
    • OCC v P [2020] EWFC B48 (21 October 2020
    • OCC v P [2020] EWFC B47 (01 June 2020)

    Recent Private Law cases involve:

    • Private law residence, contact and removal out of the jurisdiction
    • Involved in cases with particular cultural and religious aspects. An example of such a case involving Kurdistan refugees had a final hearing (12 day hearing)
    • Complex case involved a convicted murderer seeking contact with child in the High Court before Correride J
    • Dealt with child aged 14 in a dispute between parents running for 10 years resulting on complex issues of education, residence and relocation before Paulfey J
    • Instructed by a Pakistani mother dealing with an allegation of serious domestic violence requiring a fact find hearing  and then proceeded to deal with relocation within the UK (5 day hearing)
    • Lecture given on ‘Removal out of Jurisdiction’ after final hearing lasting 4 days in High Court.