Dispute Resolution Partner, London
“I am a contentious regulatory and banking litigation lawyer, regularly advising on internal and enforcement investigations. I aim to provide well judged, pragmatic and straightforward advice to win the trust of clients in helping them resolve their most challenging disputes.”
Alison specialises in contentious financial regulation, working closely with colleagues in the firm’s Financial Regulation Group, and on banking litigation. She routinely advises market-leading financial institutions on their most significant Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enforcement investigations, as well as on a range of internal investigations. She also has experience advising clients under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office and overseas enforcement agencies. Alison’s contentious regulatory experience includes pre-enforcement work, often helping clients through section 166 Financial Services and Markets Act reviews, thematic reviews and FCA executive procedures.
Alison was listed as one of Global Investigation’s Review’s 40 under 40 investigations lawyers in 2017, as well as being included as a Rising Star in Litigation in Legal Week’s 2016 list.
Alison has worked on a number of German cases with the firm’s Frankfurt office.
Alison’s extensive bank sector knowledge has been supplemented by three secondments to the in-house litigation teams of both the Royal Bank of Scotland (from 2007 to 2008) and Barclays Bank (in 2010 and 2015).
Alison is the London graduate recruitment partner, helping the firm to achieve its strategic aims of attracting exceptional talent and celebrating and embedding diversity.
Alison has acted for clients on a wide range of disputes and investigations. Those that can be disclosed include:
- acting for a major UK retail bank on an FCA enforcement investigation into PPI complaints handling
- acting for Barclays Bank at all stages, including the Court of Appeal, in R (Holmcroft Properties Limited) v KPMG (judicial review about duties owed by a “skilled person” appointed under section 166 Financial Services and Markets Act) and on its customer remediation programme in connection with the sale of interest rate hedging products to SMEs
- acting for a UK lender on a sensitive SFO investigation arising out of the financial crisis
- advising a major retail bank on a skilled person review and follow-on enforcement investigation into mortgage arrears handling
- acting for Standard Chartered Bank in its action against Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to recover sums owing under a number of oil derivative contracts
- together with the firm’s Hong Kong office, acting in Rainy Sky S.A. & Ors v Kookmin (contractual interpretation)
- successfully challenging the jurisdiction of the English courts in Vava & Ors v Anglo American South Africa Ltd (parent company liability for tortious acts of a subsidiary)
Alison studied Law and German law at Warwick University.