Melanie Winter




Call Date: 1996

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Melanie Winter is a highly regarded and experienced criminal barrister who prosecutes and defends a broad spectrum of serious offences including rape, attempted murder, drug trafficking and serious violent offences.  Melanie is regularly complimented by those who instruct her for her particularly good client care and her meticulous preparation and attention to detail.

Melanie is a grade 3 prosecutor on the CPS general advocate panel and is on the Rape and Child Abuse specialist panel.

She has particular skill in the handling of vulnerable, mentally handicapped, and young witnesses and defendants.

Melanie has a particular interest in fraud and has been instructed on complex mortgage frauds and conspiracies to defraud.  She has been instructed as a lead junior and sole advocate on complex multi-handed cases

Melanie has been regularly instructed by the Legal Services Commission at the Metropolitan Police to obtain stand-alone ASBOs, SHPOs, SOPOs and closure orders.  She has argued these cases in the Criminal Court of Appeal and has dealt with matters raised by way of judicial review and case stated.

Melanie has undertaken a number of secondments with the CPS and the SFO and has gained substantial experience in complex case preparation and disclosure.


R v Sulmanis.  Prosecution of an attempted rape with a sexsomnia defence.   Issues under the Mental Health Act considered.

R v Qefalia and Hasani.  Prosecuted the rape and kidnap of a female.

R v Wright.  Defended a male charged with the rape of two young girls in his care.

R v Egan.  Defended the sexual assault of a young girl in the defendant’s care

R v Jason.  Defended conspiracy to supply in excess of £200,000 class A drugs

R v Gould and others.   Prosecuting junior counsel in case involving the systemic sexual abuse of a woman with learning difficulties over a time span in excess of twenty years.  There were six defendants, four of which had learning difficulties.  The indictment contained thirty nine counts and was drafted under both the old and the new Sexual Offences Acts.  Many complex issues had to be dealt with.  Unique special measures were negotiated to meet the complainant’s acute problems

R v Edaghese.  Prosecuting counsel in a rape trial involving the examination of a young witness.

R v Carty and others.  Prosecuting counsel in a serious case of artifice burglary and fraud.  The four defendants targeted the elderly, defrauding them of several hundred thousand pounds and valuable property.  The indictment reflected a period of two and a half years of offending behaviour with eighteen counts.

R v Hill.  Rape case involving two teenage defendants and a teenage victim in which the issues centered around whether or not the complainant was conscious at the time of the commission of the offence.  Section 41 arguments were made at length

R v Dawkins.  Mortgage fraud involving the dishonest obtaining of numerous mortgages on ex local authority properties under beneficial schemes and obtaining mortgages by making false representations.  The indictment covered a period of eight years.

R v Salako.  A fraud spanning a period of seven years and involving the dishonest securing of secure tenancy agreements and mortgages under a council ‘right to buy scheme’


Law and Italian LLB (Hons), UWCC


Criminal Bar Association


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