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Alison’s family practice is broad, covering public and private law children proceedings, applications for financial remedies, and ToLATA. Alison has a strong background in criminal law, which benefits her family practice in terms of ensuring a forensic approach and robust advocacy.


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Family Law

Public law
Alison has experience of representing parties at the various stages in care proceedings, including emergency applications. She was recently led by Sharan Bhachu, representing the father, in a 14-day fact finding hearing arising from extremely serious allegations made by another party, who lacked capacity. The case involved complex medical evidence and significant factual disputes.

Private law
Alison is regularly instructed in a wide range of private law matters, from urgent injunctions and fact finding through to final hearings in residence, contact and Special Guardianship disputes.

Financial remedy and TLATA proceedings
Alison has experience in variety of cases in these areas, from matters involving limited assets where it is in the parties’ best interests to reach a settlement quickly to more complex cases where the parties are enmeshed in extensive disputes, and/or the assets are significant. She has experience of advising on disclosure issues and in cases involving assets held overseas.

Environmental Crime

In addition to her family practice, Alison has extensive experience of environmental regulatory work and is regularly instructed by the defence in criminal prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency (eg, R v Thames Water Utilities Ltd [2015] EWCA Crim 960).

Animal Welfare Law

Alison has a background in criminal law, where she gained considerable experience representing clients in prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Her practice also encompasses regulatory matters, such as Environment Agency prosecutions and actions for statutory nuisance.  Her experience in these areas means she is well equipped to accept instructions in this field.

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L v Q Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1417

L v Q Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1417

Safia Tharoo acted for Q Ltd in this case The Court of Appeal (Bean LJ and Rose LJ) has handed down its judgment in the case of L v Q Ltd, which was heard at short notice in light of the importance of the issues involved.

Published: 15th Aug 2019

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