Melissa has over 20 years’ experience in top-tier law firms in Australia and Europe; in-house at a major Australian bank; and as general counsel of a financial services software company.

Her experience spans a broad range of commercial and regulatory areas, and includes advising on and negotiating business critical technology contracts and complex cross-border finance transactions. Melissa’s current areas of focus are Consumer Data Right, technology, intellectual property, telecommunications, and procurement.




Curriculum Vitae

Career Summary

Melissa is a commercial lawyer, with broad experience including regulatory compliance, technology, intellectual property, and procurement. She’s worked in private practice firms in Australia and Europe, and for a number of Australia’s blue chip corporations.

Recent Highlights
  • Advising a major Australian bank on the roll-out of Consumer Data Right from both data holder and accredited data recipient perspectives
  • Secondment to a major telecommunications technology supplier advising on collaboration agreements, critical supply contracts, and key customer contracts
  • Secondment to a credit union to advise on Consumer Data Right, including interpretation of the Rules and Data Standards in the context of operational complexities; and regulator liaison in relation to rectifications.
Employment History

Law Firms

  • Clayton Utz – Sydney
  • Clifford Chance – Hungary (Senior Associate)


  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia – Melbourne
  • National Bank of New Zealand Ltd – Wellington, New Zealand
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd – Melbourne (Senior Solicitor, IT & Procurement)
  • Ericsson (secondment from Switch)
  • National Australia Bank Ltd – Melbourne (secondment from Switch)
  • People’s Choice Credit Union (secondment from Switch)
  • Ultradata Australia


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing


  • Adviser on ANZ Steering Committee for Public Key Infrastructure
  • Judge for Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (Fiction)
  • Mentor through UNHCR Connecting Worlds refugee support program