Ailsa completed a dual Bachelor of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies/Spanish)/Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2014. She was admitted to the legal profession in Queensland on 2 February 2015 and spent that year as Associate to the Hon. Justice Roslyn G. Atkinson AO of the Supreme Court of Queensland. During 2016, Ailsa interned with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and subsequently the defence team for General Ratko Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. At the same time, she studied for and then undertook the Bar Transfer Test. In 2017, Ailsa completed a Master of Law with a designation in international law at the University of Cambridge, obtaining a first. She then spent a year as a paralegal with Griffiths & Partners Attorneys, a reputable litigation firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands, before returning to the UK. In 2015, Ailsa won the Australian Academy of Law’s inaugural essay prize and has since authored several articles, as well as publishing research papers with London’s White Collar Crime Centre in 2017.
Ailsa started pupillage in Chambers in October 2018 and is currently supervised by Ben Lloyd.