Alison is an expert family lawyer with extensive experience in all aspects of family law.
Alison's strength lies in the broad breadth of high quality family law work in which she has been instructed over many years. Her practice encompasses representation of clients in cases where domestic violence is alleged, cohabitation disputes, public law and private law cases, as well as family finance work. Alison fights all her cases with the same vigour.
Alison regularly accepts instructions from privately paying clients as well as those who are publicly funded. Alison is also qualified to accept instructions from clients directly as opposed to via a solicitor; this is referred to as "Public Access". Some examples of work which Alison is allowed to do include giving legal advice, drafting letters and witness statements, negotiating with the other side and appearing in court.
Alison has an impressive depth of experience and skill in cases concerning disputes about children. She is regularly instructed to fight on behalf of both parents, local authorities and the child.
Notable cases include one in which Alison was led by Charles Geekie QC on behalf of a mother who had her son removed from her care in circumstances in which the Local Authority alleged 'shaken baby' related injuries. The case was further complicated by the fact that the child was a haemophiliac. At the conclusion of the case the child was returned to the full time care of the mother.
Alison regularly acts in cases where the court needs to decide with which parent a child should reside. She has been involved with many cases involving protracted contact disputes and parental alienation. Alison is passionate about ensuring the best interests of children are safeguarded at all times and is particularly concerned as to the impact on children of the changes to public funding which came into force in 2013.
Cases concerning the division of assets upon divorce (sometimes referred to as financial provision or ancillary relief cases) are often vigorously contested and emotive matters which require highly skilful and sensitive presentation. Professional clients who return to Alison time after time do so because she has demonstrated a highly forensic ability to analyse figures and use them to advance her argument. Of course, it is not always money at stake upon divorce. In one case Alison successfully ensured that her client retained a much loved pet dog. The client generously declared Alison: "The dog's dangly bits" and thanked her for her: "Wings of steel".
Alison is regularly commended on her high level of preparation and an attention to client care, which sets her out amongst her peers. A thank you card from one client reads, "Dear Alison, just a thank you for your excellent work on my case. I really appreciate it".
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