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Mellissa Piggott

Melissa PiggottMellissa Piggott, is a Senior Paralegal at Monan Gozzett Solicitors with over 6 years’ experience working on a range of complex criminal cases, specialising in false allegations and serious sexual offences.
 
Mellissa's robust approach when undertaking police interviews, together with her focus on making representations of the highest quality at police investigation stage, ensures she is successful at getting cases discontinued at an early stage. 
 
Mellissa is experienced in undertaking complex trial preparation for Crown Court cases; working alongside a number of the country’s leading Queen’s Counsel.  She also regularly advises clients on safeguarding matters, where false allegations have been threatened but no formal investigation by the police has commenced.  She also advises individuals in relation to complaints against the police through the Professional Standards Department and, where appropriate, civil actions against the police.’
 
Mellissa is an Affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Recent Cases
  • Defendant charged with three counts of indecency with a child and one count of indecent assault – case successfully discontinued following comprehensive trial preparation and the instruction of experts.
  • Operation Amberstone (a high profile police operation) –  a retired fireman accused of three allegations of sexual assault - successful in being acquitted at Court.
  • Complex and high profile allegation - successful in getting matter discontinued early on during police investigation.
  • A senior Staff Cadet (scouts) accused of a range of sexual allegations - successful in the matter being discontinued at an early stage in the police investigation after submission of defence representations.
  • A businessman accused of historic rape and sexual assault – acquitted on all counts at trial.  Key to the success was the sustained tenacity and never-say-die ethos of the team to obtain written disclosures from the prosecution.
  • A businessman accused of date rape – following comprehensive preparation, the instruction of leading Queen’s Counsel, the defendant was acquitted after 5-day trial.
  • A defendant accused of two allegations of assault including rape – successful in getting the case discontinued before going to trial.
  • A woman accused of theft from an elderly relative as part of a Wills & Probate dispute - following lengthy and comprehensive preparation, the defendant was acquitted at trial.