Melvyna qualified as a solicitor in September 2019 joining BDBF upon qualification. She is an employment lawyer with a keen interest in equality and whistleblowing cases.
Since joining BDBF, she has fought cases in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal, including on matters involving a high-profile application for interim relief, unfair dismissal, race, religion and disability discrimination and whistleblowing. More recently, Melvyna supported our clients in Millet v Queensgate Investments LLP & Others (EAT), Moore v Phoenix Product Development Limited (EAT) and S Sullivan v Bury Street Capital Limited (Court of Appeal).
Melvyna regularly advises employers and senior employees in the financial services, not-for-profit and consumer sectors on exit negotiations, work related stress, and disciplinary and grievance matters. She regularly assists clients with securing settlements avoiding the need for court proceedings. Her employer support work also involves drafting employment and service contracts, workplace polices and handbooks and delivering updates and training on employment law changes and topical issues.
Clients have said of Melvyna:
“I am delighted I got to work with Melvyna on this. Hopefully our paths will not need to cross in the future but I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how the coming year pans out.”
“Thank you for all your precious guidance”
She sits on the Employment Lawyer’s Association’s Race Equality Committee and is a member the Industrial Law Society. Melvyna speaks on employment law issues and has appeared as a keynote speaker at Black Women in HR’s first Annual Conference and recently appeared in conversation with Professor Kehinde Andrews. She has published articles in Financier Worldwide and responded to government consultations through her involvement in the Employment Lawyers Association and the Black Solicitors Network.
Melvyna previously sat as Chair trustee of a local grass roots charity and currently supports Lawyers in the Soup Kitchen Brixton as a volunteer advisor.
In her leisure time Melvyna enjoys good cookery, live music, theatre, cycling and practicing her conversational Spanish.