Melissa Stock 

Year of call: 2012

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
• Defamation Act 2013
• Breach of Confidence, Misuse of Private Information, Harassment

Melissa advises and represents individuals, companies, public bodies 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, Melissa has advised a company on data issues in the collection of large amounts of personal data internationally, a school on a complex FOIA/DPA subject access request involving sensitive data, and on various data protection claims against public authorities.

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.

Melissa is currently advising an international organisation on data privacy, data sharing and the licensing of commercial data. She has also been instructed by a number of individuals in relation to privacy and defamation claims.

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


Melissa’s book “The Right to Be Forgotten: The Law & Practical Issues” was published in November 2020 and can be purchased at this link

Melissa also maintains a blog about data protection and privacy and her podcast “The Data Optimist” can be found at this link 

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.