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 a member 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 administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights and social housing, and in Chambers & Partners for court of protection: health and welfare, and social housing.
Alison regularly accepts instructions via the Bar Pro Bono Unit in cases within her spheres of practice.
Publications and training
- Appeared on Sky News to discuss the impact of the Court of Appeal decision in Illot v Mitson  EWCA 797 (http://youtu.be/jpGj3faHrRk);
- Regularly provides training to other professionals on the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Act 2014, social housing, hoarding and care home fees;
- Contributor to LexisNexis practice notes and Q&A’s;
- Author of chapter on Housing and Relationship Breakdown, in Social Housing Law in Practice (LexisNexis, 2015).
- Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA),
- Bar European Group (BEG),
- Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA),
- Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Euro Group
- Property Law Bar Association (PBA),
- Social Housing Lawyers Association (SHLA),
- Social Security Practitioners Association (SSLawPA)
- 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.
Qualifications and Scholarships
- 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).