Personal Profile

Alison is a Partner and Head of the White Collar Crime & Investigations Group. She specialises in criminal, regulatory and related matters.

Alison was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1988 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2008. After twenty years in private practice at leading London defence chambers she was head-hunted to become the Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions. There she advised on some of the most significant cases of the time, as well as appearing as counsel in the Court of Appeal. She is an expert in private prosecutions and immunities from prosecution.

Throughout her career as a barrister Alison has appeared in key cases in the Court of Appeal and has written many reports, including the Crown Prosecution Service's highly praised in-depth review of their previous conduct of allegations against the entertainer Jimmy Savile.

As an advocate, Alison has conducted lengthy and complex trials and appeals involving bank instrument fraud, proceedings against company directors and fraud on a massive scale connected with international metal trading. She is familiar with the transactional aspects of many different types of fraudulent and corrupt activity, and has been praised in the Court of Appeal for her knowledge of the law and capacity to master the most complex detail.

Alison has a profound understanding of the UK governmental and political system, and international matters. She has been a Recorder of the Crown Court since 2006 and is a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple. She is a former Chair of the Young Bar and has also been Secretary of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales.

Alison is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Key Experience

  • Conducted numerous serious criminal cases across the criminal calendar, including many murder trials. Developed her practice to specialise in complex fraud.
  • Assisted in securing the acquittal of an alleged principal in international high interest bank instrument fraud involving complex cross-jurisdictional issues.
  • Played a major part in a lengthy trial involving the largest international metals fraud ever tried, in which parallel proceedings were taking place in the UK and USA.
  • Became expert in the US plea-bargaining system from proffer to '5k letters' at the time of sentence.
  • Played a major role in immunity and related procedures by the Crown Prosecution Service, including important policy decisions about their use.
  • Made many high-profile charging decisions.
  • Is an expert in judicial review.
  • Has developed expertise in dealing with frozen assets and the proceeds of crime.
  • Has been an active and leading advocacy trainer for the public service.
  • Has been leading advocate in leading Court of Appeal cases with public policy issues.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions
Barrister and QC, Chambers of Rock Tansey Q.C.
Recorder of the Crown Court
Master of the Bench, Inner Temple
Consulting Editor, Blackstone's Criminal Practice


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