She is regularly involved in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal Court of Australia.
Alison has been involved in a wide range of commercial disputes, particularly in the financial services and energy industries. Her advice is highly sought after in relation to complex legal issues, and matters requiring investigation and analysis of extensive factual matrices.
- Centro Properties Group in a claim against its former auditor
- the coronial investigation into the 2007 Burnley Tunnel fire in Melbourne
- class action proceedings arising from the 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ Victorian bushfires
- multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning the enforcement of bank securities
Alison began practising in Australia in 1986 and was a partner at Freehills from 1992 to 1996.
She worked with a magic circle firm in London for several years, focusing on international banking and insolvency disputes, energy and asbestos litigation, and providing advice on financial services and private international law.
She has extensive experience in resolving European tax disputes through group litigation in English courts.
Alison was the inaugural chair of Freehills’ pro bono committee and has represented numerous pro bono clients, including death row appeals from overseas jurisdictions to the Privy Council in London.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from Australian National University. She also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts (War Studies) from King’s College London