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 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

Alison enjoys running and has completed the Edinburgh (2015) and Bournemouth (2016) marathons. She enjoys reading a variety of books from biographies to crime thrillers and has recently started a book club. Alison also enjoys travelling, with favourite destinations including Kenya, Australia and Italy.