Melanie Webb

Melanie Webb
Melanie J. Webb Barrister
Principal, Founder
Criminal Law

Melanie Webb, founder and principal of the Toronto firm Melanie J. Webb, Barrister, focuses on criminal law.

She graduated from McMaster University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a diploma in music performance, before earning a Master of Arts in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004 and a Doctor of Law from the University of Toronto in 2007. Ms. Webb was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008.

With a practice primarily devoted to criminal law at the trial and appellate levels, Ms. Webb also represents clients on regulatory, disciplinary and extradition matters.

She handles the most serious offences in the Criminal Code and has represented clients on murder, criminal organization, and large-scale drug prosecutions.

Ms. Webb has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as out of province and before various tribunals and commissions including the Ontario Securities Commission, the Law Society of Ontario, the Toronto Police Service Tribunal, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, the License Appeal Tribunal, and the Ontario Review Board.

She has chaired continuing professional development programs for the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and has been an invited speaker at professional and educational events. Since 2013, Ms. Webb has served as an executive member of the OBA, Criminal Justice Section, and presently fills the office of vice-chair. She is also a long-standing member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.

In addition to her legal work, Ms. Webb sits on the board of directors of Breakaway Addiction Services, a non-profit organization that works to enhance the health of people with addiction issues.

Melanie Webb Posts

Room for arguments on privacy issues around internet luring

Even though the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled against the appeal of a man convicted of internet child luring after corresponding with an undercover officer he thought was a 14-year-old girl, police forces should not automatically assume that all future clandestine online operations will withstand judicial scrutiny, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb. Read more

Relevance key in introducing evidence of past sexual history

The past relationship between the complainant and the accused cannot be introduced as evidence in sexual assault cases unless it is clearly shown to be relevant, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb. Read more

OBA criminal justice section lets lawyers broaden horizons

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb hopes to cultivate links across the bar during her term as chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) Criminal Justice Section. Read more

Criminal trials not credibility contests: Webb

A recent decision in a sexual assault appeal is a reminder of the high bar the Crown faces to achieve a conviction in a criminal trial — proving a charge beyond a reasonable doubt, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb tells . Read more

Decision on stayed murder charges a must-read: Webb

A decision explaining why a mentally ill man’s murder charge must be stayed because of his treatment in custody should be required reading for all members of the justice system, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb tells . Read more

Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of child luring provisions

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule on a case involving the use of a fictitious online identity in a sexual luring investigation that will have a major impact on similar litigation, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb . Read more

Beware of extortionists using #MeToo backdrop for financial gain: Webb

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb says she has witnessed an increase in extortion attempts coinciding with the emergence of the #MeToo movement. Read more

New associate joins Melanie J. Webb Barrister

Anevich completed his juris doctor in 2016 at the University of Windsor and his master of laws at Columbia Law School. Read more

Mentoring in Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program ultimately rewarding

Mentoring law-school graduates at Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program (LLP) has been surprising, exhausting, but ultimately extremely satisfying, for Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb. Read more

Webb to co-chair OBA forensic science panel

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb will co-chair the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) upcoming panel, "Forensic Science and the Law: An Uneasy Coexistence." Read more

SCC reaffirms confidential informant privilege in cops’ trial

When four British Columbia police officers facing trial in the notorious Surrey Six case tried to get permission to reveal information about confidential informants to their lawyers, the defence bar pricked up its ears, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb. Read more

Writing a compelling, effective factum for an appeal

Writing in a compelling manner that is straight to the point is a necessary art in crafting an appellate factum, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb tells Read more

Webb: The value of mentoring young lawyers

As a mentor for junior counsel, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb believes in the value of giving back to the future of the profession. Read more

U.K. extradition case instructive for Canada

Britain’s high court has made a well-considered decision in refusing to allow the extradition of an Englishman with mental health issues to face computer hacking charges in the United States, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb. Read more