Grainne Mellon

Grainne Mellon

family law, court of protection, children’s rights and education

020 7917 9803

Grainne is a public law specialist with expertise in family law, court of protection, children’s rights and education. Grainne also acts in judicial review claims and in civil claims for damages under the Human Rights Act 1998. She has expertise in both public and private law and is particularly known for her work representing vulnerable children and adults.

In addition to her domestic practice, Grainne acts and advises in international and European human rights law.


Grainne is listed as a leading junior in five practice areas in Chambers & partners and in three practice areas in the Legal 500. She is appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s preferred panel of counsel. Grainne was shortlisted as a finalist in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2022 for barrister of the year. She was highly commended at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2021 in the Junior Barrister of the Year category.

Grainne is the Vice-Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee, the international human rights arm of the Bar Council. She formerly taught International Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics where she was also a Fellow at the LSE’s Centre for Human Rights.
Grainne is appointed to sit as a Recorder in Family Law and also sits as a part-time Judge in the First Tier Tribunal.

Grainne has considerable experience in cross-border family law where family or childcare cases involve associated issues on immigration status as well as in family cases involving community care or education provision or claims under the Human Rights Act 1998.


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