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’s practice is focussed on vulnerable and elderly clients and she has tailored her practice to meet the wide-ranging needs of her clients and those who provide them with services. She is an accredited Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) with the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Her practice includes validity of wills, intestacy, inheritance act claims, removal/appointment of executors, deputies or attorneys, trusts of land claims (TLATA), administration of trusts and estates, prevention and recovery after financial abuse, Statutory Wills, care home charges, NHS CHC funding, adult community care, mental capacity law, mental health law, forced marriages, cross-border disputes, social housing, healthcare law, human rights, safeguarding, social welfare entitlement, discrimination, consumer rights and general public law.
Alison is frequently instructed in complex and or hybrid cases in the Court of Protection, the Business and Property Court and Family Division. She is also happy to represent clients in all forms of ADR setting, formal and informal.
She has a passion for and detailed understanding of the law, guidance and policy that affects her clients and is able to provide specialist advice and representation. She is a robust advocate when in the courtroom and negotiating outside court, yet possesses the patience and compassion needed to discuss difficult subject areas with family members and litigants in persons with sensitivity.
Alison’s expertise in her fields of practice is reflected by her recommendations as a leading junior in the latest editions of both the Legal 500 (Court of Protection & Community Care, Civil Liberties & Human Rights and Social Housing) and Chambers UK (Court of Protection: Health and Welfare, Court of Protection; Property and Affairs as well as social housing).
She is Chair of the Court of Protection Practitioner’s Association (CoPPA) London Region, and sits as a Recorder (Family) and Deputy District Judge. Alison is an ADR-ODR International accredited mediator.
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
- 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.