Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019. Alison was Chambers & Partners Crime Junior in 2012 and was appointed Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court by the Attorney General in July 2012.
“She is brilliantly analytical and gets to points long before others do.”
“She is a very exceptionally good barrister.”Chambers & Partners
Alison acted as Junior Counsel for the Prosecution in the trial of those accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence. Thereafter, she acted as Junior Counsel in the Ellison Review, reviewing allegations of police corruption relating to the investigation. She has been involved in prosecuting some of the most complex terrorism prosecutions of the last ten years including the Ricin Conspiracy, the 21/7 Bomb Plot and the plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.
Her experience extends to high profile defence work, including acting for the former Pictures Editor of ‘The Sun’ newspaper, who was acquitted of allegations of misconduct in a public office.
She has considerable experience in complex corporate crime, in particular advising in the course of the SFO’s investigation into Rolls Royce Plc.
Chambers and Partners 2016 describes her as a “well-regarded Junior Treasury Counsel who receives numerous plaudits from market observers for her ability as both prosecution and defence counsel” and states that she “has outstanding attention to detail and the ability to take judges into her confidence with her command of evidence and applicable law.” She is also recommended in Legal 500 2016.
Alison has extensive experience in high-profile criminal litigation as part of her practice as Junior Treasury Counsel. She is an experienced and skilled trial advocate. Alison has considerable experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal acting for the Attorney General, particularly in the area of unduly lenient sentences.
Inquests and Public Inquiries
Alison was instructed by the Home Secretary, led by Mark Ellison QC, to conduct a public, independent review of allegations of police corruption in the original investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
Over the last ten years Alison has been involved in the prosecution of some of the most complex and high profile cases to be brought to trial including the Ricin Conspiracy, the 21/7 Bomb Plot and the plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.
International Criminal Work
Alison has worked closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat on comparative terrorism legislation and procedures across the Commonwealth countries.
Junior Treasury Counsel (2012)
Queen Mother Fox Scholarship, Middle Temple (2000)
- Member of the Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit
- Member of the Central Criminal Court Bar Mess
University of Oxford, BA (Hons), Jurisprudence.
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