Kama Melly QC

Kama Melly QC
Year of call:

1997 · Silk 2016

Education:

1996 - University of Leeds, Law

1997 - Inns of Court School of Law

Career:

1997 - Hardwicke Scholar, Benefactor’s Scholar, Middle Temple

1998 - Pupil at 37 Park Square, Leeds

2003 - No 6, Leeds

2015 - No 6 becomes Park Square Barristers

2016 - Silk

2018 - Deputy Head of Chambers · Park Square Barristers

Appointments:

2018 - Appointed Recorder

2015 - Chairman of Bar Conference

2014 - Vice-Chair of Bar Conference

Grade 4 prosecutor

Approved rape prosecutor

2000–2003 - Elected member of the Bar Council

Previous member of the Race Relations Committee

Member of the Criminal Bar Response Committee to the Auld Report

Member of the Criminal Bar Committee in relation to youth justice

Selected by the BBC for training as an expert commentator on serious crime

Equality and Diversity Officer at Park Square Barristers

Bar representative for the Leeds S28 pilot scheme (pre-recorded evidence)

Board member for women’s health matters

2006–2009 - Youth offending team volunteer mentor

Memberships:

Criminal Bar Association

North Eastern Circuit

Kama Melly QC practised in criminal and family law for many years as a junior barrister, including the representation of Local Authorities, before specialising in cases of rape and serious sexual offences.

Her family law practice included Public Law cases including those in High Court.  Kama has dealt with cases involving significant physical and sexual abuse of children and cases of the most serious non-accidental injuries including the death of children.

Kama’s criminal practice has centred on issues that have a criminal/family law crossover and have focussed on child sexual and physical abuse.

Kama is the highest grade of prosecutor and a member of the CPS Rape and Sexual Offences Panel.

Kama has experience of cases involving ‘baby shaking’ murder, torture of children, neglect and child cruelty.

In 2016 Kama conducted a case involving joint hearings of criminal and family jurisdictions, dealing with disclosure and expert instruction.

The detailed knowledge Kama has of the manner of criminal prosecutions of carers and parents would be invaluable to the robust defence of a parent accused of causing harm to a child.

Kama is a nationally recognised expert at dealing with vulnerable witnesses including the evidence of children.  She has delivered training on this subject to The National Bar Conference, the CPS, the National Criminal Bar Association Conference and the Family Law Bar Association.

Kama is an advocacy trainer for the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (previously known as the Advocacy Training Council) and for the North Eastern Circuit.  Kama is an accredited teacher of advocacy trainers.

Media work

Kama’s national reputation in this field has meant that she is regularly asked to provide expert commentary for the National Media.  Kama has made multiple appearances on Radio5 Live, Sky News, This Morning, BBC News Channel, and BBC Breakfast.

Contact Kama’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster  on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212

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