Max Max

Barrister: Max Melsa

Call:
2015

Education:
BPTC (2015) – BPP University, Manchester LLB (Hons) Law with Politics (2014) – University of Manchester

Prior to being called to the Bar he worked as a County Court Advocate, as well as working with Gerard McDermott QC on all aspects of high-value cases of catastrophic personal injury, in particular involving elements of travel law, cross-border or jurisdictional issues.

Max is also knowledgeable in Professional Discipline procedures, because of his voluntary work with the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, where he was part of setting up a pilot scheme to support unrepresented doctors at hearings.

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Crime:

Max is well versed in Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court proceedings. Examples of recent work include: 

  • R v J: involving cross-examination of a vulnerable witness using the Advocates' Toolkit. 
  • R v JO: secured an acquittal of a Defendant charged with assault of a PC on medical grounds. 
  • R v B: represented a Defendant on a racially aggravated public order charge, successfully mitigating against a suspended sentence being activated. 
  • R v O: successfully opposed res gestae hearsay evidence being adduced at trial.
  • R v C and O: mitigated for two young Defendants of previous good character convicted of burglary, securing conditional discharges for both.
  • R v L: helped in obtaining a conditional discharge for a Defendant charged with firearms licencing offences.
  • R v B: represented a client with learning disabilities facing charges of exposure.
  • R v G: arguing for the CPS to withdraw a prosecution against a Defendant of good character on grounds of breaches of CPIA disclosure. 

He undertakes Crown Court work, with recent cases including: 

  • R v L: argued for a suspended sentence for a Defendant convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving involving a police officer. 
  • R v A: successfully defended a client of good character against multiple charges of possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs.
  • R v C: successfully prosecuting a threatening with a bladed article case. 
  • R v N: obtained a sentence of time served for a Defendant charged with multiple Public Order offences.
  • R v S: secured a community order for a Defendant convicted of supplying class B drugs. 
  • R v B: defended a client charged with armed robbery and firearms offences.

Max is able to represent Defendants in the Youth Court and is knowledgeable of the specific procedures involved in such matters. This has included representing Youths charged with serious sexual offences. 

In addition, Max has appeared in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in relation to sentencing credit for sexual offences involving multiple indictments. 

Family:

Max appears in Public Law care proceedings, acting for Local Authorities in complex matters from initial to final hearings.  

Max also represents parties in private children hearings, including FHDRAs, DRAs and enforcement proceedings.

Recent cases:

  • Acting for the Local Authority in a case involving expert evidence on brittle bones and non-accidental injury.
  • Obtaining sole conduct of sale of properties for a client in divorce proceedings.
  • Acting on behalf of a convicted sexual offender in care proceedings. 
  • Arguing against designation on behalf of a Local Authority. 
  • Acting for a Local Authority to obtain secure accommodation for a child. 
  • Successfully enforcing a Child Arrangement Order on two consecutive occasions.
  • Acting for a Local Authority in applying for an FGM Protection Order.

Personal Injury:

Max has a solid personal injury practice, advising and representing both Claimants and Defendants. In particular, he is interested in claims that have an overlap with other areas he practices in.

He has a great experience in Portal Claims, having previously worked as a Claims Handler in the insurance team at a global law firm. He is highly experienced in representing parties in Stage 3 and disposal hearings, as well as drafting advice on quantum.
 
Max has conducted a great number of small claims hearings, having been a County Court Advocate before coming to the Bar. 
 
Max now regularly advises and appears in fast-track personal injury claims

He has great experience in Portal Claims, having previously worked as a Claims Handler in the insurance team at a global law firm. He is highly experienced in representing parties in Stage 3 and disposal hearings, as well as drafting advice on quantum.

Max has conducted a great number of small claims hearings, having been a County Court Advocate before coming to the Bar. 

Max now regularly advises and appears in fast-track personal injury claims.

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