Alison is a highly experienced and dedicated family practitioner who specialises in the law relating to children. Within public law proceedings she is regularly instructed by the Local Authority but also has extensive experience of representing parents and children. She has particular expertise in cases which involve medically complex facts, non-accidental injury and death, factitious illness by proxy and serious sexual abuse. She has a specific interest in the factually challenging cases of emotional abuse and chronic neglect which always have the potential to bring significant and enduring impairment to children. Alison has regularly represented parents who present with mental health problems and/or addiction difficulties and believes that, as with all parents, client care coupled with robust advocacy is critically important during one of the most distressing episodes of their life.
Alison has considerable experience in representing children in complex private law cases and has regularly appeared on behalf of NYAS/CAFCASS. Many of her cases include serious allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Alison has appeared in a number of relocation cases, both domestic and international and cases which have an international element in them.
Alison regularly appears within the Court of Protection and has represented all parties within this jurisdiction. She has appeared in cases which have involved complex factual and legal issues and which have required a careful and forensic evaluation of those issues to ensure the core principles at the centre of The Mental Capacity Act 2005 have been preserved.
Alison has extensive experience within the field of family finance. She has regularly appeared in cases which involve high net worth clients and at all levels of court.
Alison has presented lectures and seminars to in-house legal teams as well as at the Local Government Conference.
She is a regular contributor to Family Law Weekly and was appointed as a Recorder in 2018.
Alison is ranked in the Legal 500 2020 as a leading junior in Court of Protection.
Adult and Social Care (Court of Protection)
Birmingham University (LLB Hons)
Inns of Court School of Law
Family Law Bar Association
British Association for Adoption and Fostering
Barmark Committee (Bar Council)
Case Summary Re P (A Child: Assessment of Kinship Carers)  EWFC B73
Case Summary North Somerset Council v LW and others  EWCOP 3
Case Summary R (A Child)  EWCA Civ 270
Case Summary S v S  EWHC 575 (Fam)
Case Summary Harrow v Afzal  EWHC 303 (Fam)
Case Summary Surrey County Council v Al-Hilli & Others (4)  EWHC 4394 (Fam)
Case Summary Re J & R (Children)  EWHC 4100 (Fam)
Case Summary Constantinides v Constantinides  EWHC 3688 (Fam)
Case Summary Shield v Shield  EWHC 3525 (Fam)
Case Summary C (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1257
Case Summary G (A Child – Intractable Contact)  EWHC B16 (Fam)
Case Summary A (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1104
Case Summary Saward v Saward  EWCA Civ 1060
Case Summary K (A Child)  EWCA Civ 895
Case Summary Re: E & F (Assisted Reproduction: Parent)  EWHC 1418 (Fam)
Case Summary CR v SR  EWHC 1155 (Fam)
Case Summary C (A Child)  EWCA Civ 431
Case Summary Re LM (A Child)  EWHC 646 (Fam)
Case Summary B (A Child)  EWCA Civ 166
Case Summary Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v J  EWCA Civ 65
Case Summary A Local Authority v K  EWHC 242 (COP)
Case Summary Re G (A Minor); Re Z (A Minor)  EWHC 134 (Fam)
In the matter of the Children Act 1989 and in the matter of YC, PC AND KM (Minors)
 EWHC 2336 (Fam)
‘Pragmatic, responsive, efficient and supportive.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022
‘She pays attention to details and gets to the heart of issues.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022
‘Alison is knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile for her clients.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022
‘Is responsive, conscientious, and dedicated to advocating for the client. Alison works very hard to achieve positive outcomes for the client and you can trust her to give every case her attention and care.’ Legal 500, 2021
‘A forceful advocate with a huge amount of experience.’ Chambers & Partners, 2021
‘Fantastic at engaging with difficult clients and getting them to trust her, she is compassionate, clear-headed, and able to dispense frank advice when necessary. She does a wonderful job in incredibly difficult circumstances.’ Chambers & Partners, 2021
‘Polished, prepared, focused and highly intelligent, she has all of the other advocates in a case eating out of her hand without them realising it.’ Chambers & Partners, 2021