Alison is an ADR-ODR International Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator. She acts both as mediator and representing clients in mediations.
She has a particular interest in TLATA and private client related matters, such as inheritance, contentious probate and solicitor liability disputes. She is a pragmatic and creative facilitator, with the compassion and sensitivity needed to manage the often highly charged and emotional issues arising within inter-family dispute.
Her recent experience includes successful settlements in:
- Value of property for the purposes of liability for care home fees, where executor disputed amount estate was liable to pay to the Local Authority
- Validity of will and application under 1975 Act
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
- Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA, Chair of London Region),
- Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – full member and TEP
- Equality and Human Rights Commission (Panel member)
- Chancery Bar Association (ChBA, Wellbeing committee)
- Court of Protection Bar Association
- Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
- Bar European Group (BEG)
- Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (Euro Group committee 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.