Mellissa Piggott is a Senior Paralegal at Monan Gozzett LLP with over 7 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.
Mellissa regularly advises clients on safeguarding matters, where false allegations have been threatened but no formal investigation by the police has commenced, taking a proactive approach in protecting the interests of the client.
Mellissa also has considerable experience in dealing with applications for the removal of DNA, fingerprints and arrest records from the Police National Computer.
Maria and Mellissa succeed in discontinuing a case with a multiple-count Indictment at the Crown Court, prior to trial. The defendant faced allegations of harassment and a breach of Restraining Order and, following complex submissions and written representations on points of law, the case was dismissed before going to trial.
Community resolution secured for schoolboy in respect of an investigation into a high-value criminal damage and burglary case, as a result of robust representation at the police station stage.
Highly successful entrepreneur accused of sexual assault acquitted at trial after CCTV evidence obtained by the defence highlighted that the allegation was factually incorrect.
Professional accused of two allegations of rape and two allegations of assault – submitted written representations alongside further evidence obtained during own investigation to ensure evidence which supported her client’s case was considered – case did not proceed to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision and the officer in the case took no further action.
Serious sexual offence allegation – no further action taken by Police following pro-active involvement in the investigation at an early stage.
A businessman accused of sexual assault – defendant acquitted after a 5-day trial.
Firearms appeal – Representations made to Surrey and Sussex Firearms Licencing Unit at an early stage result in the proceedings being dropped prior to the final hearing at Lewes Crown Court.
Mellissa secures no further action for businessman accused of sexual assault. Early intervention at the police investigation stage meant that a voluntary interview was negotiated, avoiding the complications that often arise after having been arrested and this information subsequently recorded on the Police National Computer.
A student accused of sexual assault – Mellissa’s pro-active approach assisted in bringing a swift conclusion to the case.
Rape allegation - no further action taken by Police following pro-active involvement in the investigation at an early stage and bringing critical information to support the defence to the attention of the Police.
A businessman accused of rape and controlling and coercive behaviour – Submissions, social media evidence and crucial records of communications which supported the client’s case were provided during the police investigation. The matter did not proceed to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision; a senior officer took no further action and the case concluded.
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.
Businessman accused of two counts of child cruelty successfully acquitted at Court following comprehensive background research and trial preparation.
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 the 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 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.
Defendant facing allegations of harassment and a breach of Restraining Order had the case dismissed before going to trial.
From start to finish, my experience with Monan Gozzett solicitors was excellent. They are so reassuring and there is zero judgment. The whole process is completely personalised and their calming manner always puts you at ease, no matter how stressed or worried you might be in uncertain times.
Neal is a very genuine person who cares a lot about not only the case, but also about you as a person. I’m very grateful for how he reassured me and was consistently straight up about everything - I was always in the loop. Melissa was fantastic at very short notice, dealing with things professionally and she really helped me to make the right decisions at every step.
Thank you to everyone who helped me through this process and no one should hesitate to contact them if you’re in need. You’ll be in good hands.
‘I am sat having a coffee in the sun with my dog at my feet and my family nearby. All these things would not have been possible without the work, dedication and belief you put in me, you stood next to me every day for the last week, walked by my side knowing the press were there, you supported me both professionally and emotionally and never faltered.
I am and will always be eternally grateful.
Mellissa is an Affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.