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Melanie has 11 years’ experience of specialising in housing, tenancy enforcement, anti-social behaviour litigation and leasehold management, and joined Croftons from Brabners in 2012. Melanie is a ranked housing management lawyer in the 2016 Chambers UK guide and is recognised by Legal 500 for housing management and combating anti-social behaviour. Melanie is also a familiar face at courts throughout the North West and has strong links with leading Barristers Chambers specialising in social housing,
Melanie has acted on a number of important cases. For instance, she was involved in the successful anti-social behaviour litigation following the Rhys Jones’ murder and the associated gang member activity. Melanie has been named as 'Lawyer of the Week'' by the Law Society and was also awarded a Chief Constable Commendation from Merseyside Police for her work in improving communities by taking action against anti-social behaviour. She is (to date) the only Solicitor working in private practice to have been awarded such a Commendation
In addition, Melanie is also a regular keynote legal speaker at housing and tenancy management conferences and seminars and a regular contributor to the specialist housing press such as Inside Housing, and 24 Housing who is called upon to comment on key issues and changes in her specialist area of housing and regeneration law.
Melanie qualified in 2003 and became a Partner in 2014. Melanie began her career by representing social housing tenants before specialising purely in landlord work ten years ago. Melanie is a member of the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group.