Alison is a partner in Harcus Sinclair LLP's contentious trust and estates team. She has extensive international and domestic experience acting for professional trustees and trust companies, executors and beneficiaries.
She has been appointed by the High Court to act as an executor in complex estates and in the Court of Protection to act as deputy. She regularly acts as a litigation friend in disputes representing the interests of minors.
Her practice onshore and offshore involves a diverse range of disputes involving trusts and estates, from applications for Public Trustee v. Cooper approvals to issues involving breach of trust and disclosure of documents to probate disputes involving testamentary capacity issues and substantial 1975 Act claims. Further, as a trained and accredited mediator with ADR Chambers, Alison increasingly accepts appointments as a mediator and believes that mediation is often a cost-efficient and effective way in which to resolve family disputes.
Widely acknowledged as one of the leading sector commentators, Alison has co-authored The Practitioner's Guide to Contentious Trusts and Estates and is a co-editor of (and contributor to) International Trust Disputes (published by OUP in 2012). She has an excellent reputation in the market and is viewed by market commentators as "tenacious" and a "really formidable lawyer" according to Chambers and “outstanding” according to the Legal 500.
Alison joined Harcus Sinclair as a partner in 2007. She originally trained at Herbert Smith and prior to joining Harcus Sinclair she was a partner at Speechly Bircham.
As a founder of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists), Alison was also responsible for supporting the development of the practitioner accreditation scheme and ensuring that its members adhere to the highest professional standards. After nine years as a member of the Law Society's wills and equity committee, Alison retired from the committee in 2014.