Expertise

Alison has significant experience in running spinal cord injury claims. She has particular experience in claims arising from the delayed diagnosis of spinal abscesses, injuries resulting from mismanagement of spinal injury, cauda equina and spinal surgery claims. Alison also has experience of running brain injury cases.

 

Experience

Notable cases:

  • Alison has recently recovered damages for a 78 year old Claimant who was rendered tetraplegic following negligent spinal surgery.  The damages were awarded by way of annualised payments for care for the rest of his life and a lump sum for the remainder of the damages. The capitalised value of the damages was £3m, based upon the Claimant living for his projected life expectancy.
  • Alison recently acted for a Claimant who was a horse enthusiast rendered an incomplete paraplegic following the delayed diagnosis of a spinal abscess.  Damages of £3m were recovered which assisted the Claimant to return to her main passion in life, riding her horses.  The Claimant has also used the damages to purchase and adapt a property which will enable her to live with her horses on site.
  • Alison recently advised a client in relation to the delayed diagnosis of a spinal abscess, which resulted in her client sustaining paraplegia. Following an admission of liability, Alison secured a significant six figure interim payment enabling her client to move to adapted accommodation and to fund much needed additional care and rehabilitation. The served Schedule of Loss totalled £10m.
  • Alison secured a seven figure settlement for a brain injured client in relation to the delayed diagnosis in A&E of a subdural haematoma following an assault.
  • Alison secured a seven figure settlement for a client following the delayed diagnosis of spinal TB.

Recognition

Alison has specialised in catastrophic injury claims since starting her legal career in 2002.

The Legal 500 2018 recommend Alison as ‘a very skilled litigator’ with ‘an excellent technical grasp of what are often very complex medical issues’.

She is referred to as a spinal injury expert in The Legal 500 2017 and has worked in some of the industry’s leading legal teams, all of whom are top rated by both The Legal 500 and Chambers.

 

Career

  • Stewarts – Paralegal and trainee solicitor in the Personal Injury department (2002-2007)
  • Irwin Mitchell – Assistant Solicitor neuro-trauma department, specialising in spinal cord injury and brain injury clinical negligence and personal injury claims (2007-2014)
  • Brethertons – Associate Solicitor in spinal injuries team, specialising in clinical negligence and personal injury claims (2014-2017)
  • Stewarts 2018 – Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence department

 

Accreditations and Memberships

Alison is an accredited Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Senior Litigator and a member of the Multidisciplinary Association for Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP).  Alison is a previous committee member of Headway West London and Headway Milton Keynes.

Personal

In her spare time Alison enjoys spending time with her daughters and, when time permits, running in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Alison has completed the Edinburgh (2015)  and Bournemouth (2016) marathons. She enjoys reading a variety of books from biographies to crime thrillers.  Alison also enjoys travelling with favourite destinations including Kenya, Australia and Italy.