Alison is a trainee solicitor in our Family and Matrimonial team.
Alison assists with a wide range of cases including public law children work and disputes around child arrangements including cases involving domestic abuse.
Before joining the Family and Matrimonial team, Alison was a trainee solicitor in our Public Law and Human Rights team assisting with a wide variety of complex public law cases including judicial review challenges to decisions taken by public authorities as well as civil claims including claims for damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010.
She has experience in cases concerning challenges to age assessments of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and the suitability of asylum accommodation and support provided to care leavers, asylum seekers and victims of trafficking.
Alison also has experience in Victim’s Rights to Review (VRR) cases with a focus on victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Alison has assisted solicitors in Court of Protection work including complex issues relating to care, residence, contact and deprivation of liberty. Alison has worked on matters where instructions are received from the Official Solicitors.
She has also assisted solicitors who represent individuals at the Mental Health Tribunal and bereaved families during inquests as well as community care matters and education.
Alison has a particular interest in cases involving vulnerable adults and children including children in need and care leavers.
Education and career
- Alison graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York with a BA in Political Science achieving the highest distinction, and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York
- She studied the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at London Metropolitan University, achieving a distinction in both. She then completed the Bar Practice Course at the University of Law
- Alison is a Middle Temple Scholar and a University of Law Advocacy Scholar
- Before joining Bindmans, Alison worked as a paralegal in an immigration law firm. She has also volunteered at Citizens Advice
- Alison had a previous career in television
Experience and cases
Alison has assisted on:
- Challenging the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s injustice findings in his investigation into state pension age changes
- R on the application of Sarah Leadbetter v Secretary of State for Transport  EWHC 210 (Admin)
- R (Timson) v Secretary of State for Work and Pension  EWHC 2392 (Admin)
- PH & Anor v Brighton and Hove City Council  EWCOP 23
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)
- Young Public Lawyers’ Group (YPLG)
- Human Rights Lawyers Association