Gets to the heart of the matter and gets on really well with clients and opponents alike
Very personable and approachable
Her advocacy skills are excellent and she is exceptionally good at negotiation
Thorough, hard-working, very accessible, knowledgeable and tenacious
Alison practices across a broad spectrum of public and human rights law and traditional chancery.
The focus of Alison’s public and human rights law practice relates to the needs of vulnerable adults including mental capacity and mental health law, community care and adult social services, social housing management and allocation, health care law, NHS continuing health care, care homes, charging for care home fees, safeguarding, social welfare entitlement, public procurement and local government powers and duties within these areas.
She has a wealth of experience advising and representing local authorities, charities and commercial organisations providing services in the health or social care sector. She is also instructed by individuals, the Official Solicitor (as litigation friend to an incapacitated adult), attorneys, deputies and family members.
Alison is instructed in a wide range of public law challenges and regularly appears in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and as well as Upper and First Tier Tribunals.
The focus of Alison’s traditional chancery practice is on residential property disputes, wills, estates and trusts, including trust of land applications, contentious probate, application of the rules of intestacy and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 disputes.
Alison has a particular passion for and detailed understanding of the law, guidance and policy affecting vulnerable adults and is able to provide specialist advice and representation in respect of the mental capacity law which affects a vulnerable adult’s property and financial affairs and their health and welfare. She is Chair of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA) London Region sub-committee (established in 2015).
Alison regularly appears in complex cases concerning vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection, as well as in the Family or Chancery Division, where applicable. Alison also has experience of applications under the Inherent Jurisdiction and applications for Forced Marriage Orders.
Alison’s expertise in her field of practice is reflected by her recommendations for a number of years in the Legal 500 for court of protection & community care, civil liberties and human rights and social housing, and in Chambers & Partners for court of protection: health and welfare, court of protection: property and affairs as well as social housing.
Contentious Probate & Inheritance Act Claims
Court of Protection
Alison is recommended for Court of Protection & Community Care, Civil Liberties & Human Rights as well as Social Housing in Legal 500. She is also recommended for Social Housing, Court of Protection: Property & Affairs and Court of Protection: Health and Welfare in Chambers UK. The directories state:
- Very personable and approachable. She has the ability to absorb vast amounts of complex information in a very short period of time, and to quickly identify the main issues of a particular matter, the key strengths and weaknesses and how to mitigate those weaknesses. Willingness to accommodate client demands and to work within tight timescales is also a strength.’ (Legal 500)
- “Is a confident litigator, who strives to achieve the best result for the client. Her advocacy skills are excellent and she is exceptionally good at negotiation. Alison has vast experience in Court of Protection work, both welfare and finances.” (Legal 500)
- “Thorough, hard-working, very accessible, knowledgeable, and tenacious.” (Legal 500)
- “She’s very easy to deal with and is very responsive.” (Chambers UK)
- “Alison is an extremely intelligent and skilled advocate. She’s able to pick apart the issues and deal with them in a logical manner.” (Chambers UK)
- “She provides very detailed and knowledgeable advice and is a very good and thorough advocate.” (Chambers UK)
- ‘Well regarded by instructing local authorities.’ (Legal 500)
- ‘Excellent at being able to analyse large volumes of information and present a concise argument.’ (Legal 500)
- ‘Has an impressive ability to assimilate a large amount of information in a short space of time and to identify the core issues.’ (Legal 500)
- ‘Her housing work is interlinked with welfare assistance issues, and also those concerning vulnerable adults.’ (Legal 500)
- “Robust and clear-thinking, she’s great for Court of Protection housing work” (Chambers UK)
- ‘Her drafting is thorough and she is a firm advocate in court and in negotiations.’ (Legal 500)
- ‘Innovative, very knowledgeable and very competent in Court of Protection cases.’ (Legal 500)
- ‘Very skilled on mental capacity and mental health law.’(Legal 500)
- ‘Pairs well-researched briefs with clear, confident and straightforward advocacy.’ (Legal 500)
- “Extremely thorough and picks up on issues others miss” (Chambers UK)
- “She is patient and helpful with litigants in person” (Legal 500)
- “Extremely personable and has a thorough grasp of the law surrounding her cases” (Legal 500)
- “A firm advocate in court and in negotiations outside of court” (Legal 500)
- “She’s very knowledgeable and is always well prepared. Her drafting is really thorough and her advocacy is very good. She’s tenacious in court and always argues points thoroughly and enthusiastically.” (Chambers UK)
- “Quick and efficient. Her written advice and articles are very good and she’s very easy to work with.” (Chambers UK)
- “She is excellent with clients and really compassionate and pragmatic.” (Chambers UK)
Deputy District Judge
- Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (Euro Group committee member)
- Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA, Chair of London Region),
- Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)
- Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
- Bar European Group (BEG)
- Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP, affiliate member)
Author of chapter on Housing and Relationship Breakdown, in Social Housing Law in Practice (LexisNexis, 2015).
- College of Cardiff University of Wales (1997 LLB Joint Hons Law/Politics);
- JP Warner Scholar (2000 Lincoln’s Inn);
- Sarah Wadham Bursary (1999 Lincoln’s Inn).
- Research assistant – Messrs Taylor Wessing, Corporate Department, Brussels
- Trainee – European Court of Justice, Luxembourg (JP Warner Scholar);
- Trainee – Council of the European Union, Brussels.
- Volunteer – AIRE Centre (providing advisory work in areas of European Law and the European Convention of Human Rights);
- Judicial assistant – The International Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), The Hague, Netherlands.
Alison regularly accepts instructions via the Bar Pro Bono Unit in cases within her spheres of practice.