Barrister, former part-time Senior Lecturer on BPTC.
Alison practices in all areas of family law, including: divorce, ancillary relief, private law children and public law children cases. Alison offers 18 years of experience as a barrister, combined with 27 years of being a parent, and 50 plus years of being a thoughtful, hard-working and practical person. Alison has been described by clients as being very down to earth, pleasant and approachable and she prides herself on providing a caring service as opposed to being financially motivated.
Alison also frequently appears in the criminal courts for both the defence and the prosecution and has recently contributed to the Sage educational publication ‘An Introduction to Criminal Justice’ with her chapter discussing ‘Prosecution and the Alternatives’.
In 2010 Alison joined the University of Northumbria at Newcastle as a part time Senior Lecturer and is authorised by the Advocacy Training Council (ATC) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to teach advocacy to post-graduate students on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
In 2015 Alison completed her Masters Certificate in Post Graduate Higher Education Practice (PGHEP) and is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Alison is a keen animal lover and focussed her research on the field of animal law. Her first article was published in November 2014 in the Veterinary Times, ‘The criminal liability of dog owners under The Animal Welfare Act 2006’. There are 2 more related articles about to be published in The Veterinary Times, ‘Dogs – Man’s best friend or a minefield of criminal liability?’ and ‘Miscellaneous Criminal Liabilities relating to the Dog Owner’.
Due to her love of animals and interest in the field of animal law Alison regularly undertakes instructions in animal welfare cases, and dangerous dogs matters, under the 1871 Dogs Act, the DDA 1991 and the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953. Alison is a farmer’s daughter originating from the upper Coquetdale valley in rural North Northumberland border country, and her family can be traced back to farming in Hepple from as far back as 1828. This is where her love of animals began. Alison’s supports her daughter Laura, who is a keen amateur show-jumper and now regularly competes throughout England and Scotland at British Show-Jumping Association competitions.
Alison is ideally experienced to deal with legal matters in all aspects of countryside related issues, including civil disputes and land related matters.