Melissa Stock 

Year of call: 2012

Melissa Stock did a brilliant job for our client in his defamation case. Highly recommended.

Steven Horsley

Partner, Smith & Graham


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Privacy Law Barrister

Blog by Melissa Stock

The Data Optimist

Podcasts by Melissa Stock

Biometric Data and New Technologies

The Law and Practical Issues on Technologies Such as CCTV, Facial Recognition and Drones:

Book by Melissa Stock

About Melissa

Melissa practises in the areas of data protection, privacy, commercial matters and general common law.

  • General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (‘GDPR’)
  • Data Protection Act 1998/2018 (‘DPA’)
  • Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (‘PECR’ or e-Privacy)
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘FOIA’)
  • EU Privacy Laws
  • Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Defamation Act 2013
  • Breach of Confidence, Misuse of Private Information, Harassment

Melissa advises and represents individuals, companies and non-governmental organisations in all areas of privacy and data protection. Melissa is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as an Information Privacy Professional in European Data Law (CIPP/E).

Most recently, she has advised companies on data issues in the collection of large amounts of personal data internationally, on data sharing and on the licensing of data. Melissa is currently instructed by a number of individuals in relation to privacy, human rights, data protection and defamation claims.

Melissa works with the data governance organisation DataReady, producing guidance and advising on policy projects for organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, and the ISEAL Alliance.

Prior to becoming a barrister, Melissa spent a number of years working as a journalist in London and Moscow. She brings a wealth of experience in her former career to her practice. Melissa covered business news, financial institutions, stock markets, and economics and has a solid grasp of commercial matters.

Melissa is public access qualified and can be instructed directly by members of the public or businesses in suitable cases.


Melissa has a First-Class Honours degree in Economic Studies from the University of Manchester. She has a Masters Degree in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London. Melissa was awarded a Lord Denning Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn. She was graded as ‘Outstanding’ in the Bar Professional Training Course and was awarded the Buchanan Prize for exam performance.


The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

The International Bar Association

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Advocates for International Development

Human Rights Lawyers Association


“The Right to be Forgotten: The Law & Practical Issues” by Melissa Stock, which was published in November 2020 and can be purchased at this link.

“Biometric Data and New Technologies – The Law and Practical Issues on Technologies Such as CCTV, Facial Recognition and Drones” by Melissa Stock was published in March 2022 and can be purchased at this link.

Melissa maintains a blog about data protection and privacy: and her podcast “The Data Optimist” can be found at this link. She also produces podcasts for the International Bar Association’s Technology Committee.

Privacy Notice

To provide legal services it is necessary for Melissa to receive, hold and assess personal data. Melissa is committed to the protection of personal data and privacy; her privacy notice is available here.