Melanie Webb

Melanie Webb
Melanie J. Webb Barrister
Principal, Founder
Criminal

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 In The News
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

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb is pleased to announce that Myles Anevich has joined Melanie J. Webb Barrister as an associate practising criminal and ... 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 ... 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." Join ... 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 ... 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. “We owe it to them. Passing ... Read more

Report shows it's key to challenge scientific evidence

A report on a Toronto laboratory’s discredited alcohol- and drug-testing process shows how important it is for child -protection lawyers to closely examine, ... 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 ... Read more

The need for bail reform: Webb

The defence bar has become well acquainted with the frustrating reality of a bail system that suffers from numerous deficiencies, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb writes in ... Read more

SCC decision brings implications for informer privilege

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC)  decision  that ruled on informer privilege will have widespread implications for many criminal matters, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

Exemptions to charges in overdose cases unlikely to increase trust

Although a new law that exempts individuals who seek emergency assistance following a drug overdose from simple possession charges is laudable, it may not be enough ... Read more

Bail reform doesn't seem to be on the horizon: Webb

Canada's bail system needs reforming because it's not being applied uniformly across the country and remains unattainable for many marginalized people, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

Changes to sex assault laws threaten to undermine fair trial: Webb

Proposed changes to Canada's sex assault laws threaten to undermine the fair trial rights of accused people by forcing them to disclose evidence in their possession, says Toronto ... Read more

Lawyer-client visiting hours at jails is restricting access to justice

Limited face-to-face lawyer-client visiting hours at some Ontario correctional institutions restricts full access to justice, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Melanie Webb ... Read more

Issues around proposed marijuana laws mean revision needed

With concerns raised already about the proposed marijuana legislation, it’s expected the laws will be amended before they are passed, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb ... Read more

Preliminary inquiry not like an ‘optional car feature’

Before any decisions are made about abolishing – or limiting – the preliminary inquiry in Canada, there should be careful research and consideration of the issues, ... Read more

Melanie Webb hangs her own shingle for criminal law

As a student, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb had designs on saving the world. “I had these grand ideas of going to the United Nations and fighting for human ... Read more

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