Alison joined Lester Aldridge in 2010 in the Dispute Resolution team and trained with the firm. Upon completion of her training contract, she qualified as a Solicitor in the Healthcare Team.
She advises healthcare providers on a range of issues, including inquests, criminal investigations and safeguarding investigations. Much of her work includes advising providers on issues with regulatory bodies, including dealing with enforcement action by CQC and representing providers throughout the appeals process in the Care Standards Tribunal. She also advises providers on contractual disputes and judicial review proceedings.
Alison has experience representing providers and individuals throughout police investigations, including attending police interviews with clients who have been arrested or are being interviewed in respect of criminal investigations. She has also acted for clients in professional misconduct hearings and cases at the Court of Protection.
Alison also undertakes due diligence for sales and acquisitions of care facilities and is able to advise providers on corporate matters including registration with regulatory bodies and contractual matters, including drafting contracts in line with the latest legal requirements.
Her clients admire her clear and sound advice. She has the ability to identify fundamental issues and tailor her advice appropriately. She is an able advocate having represented many providers in inquests both locally and across the country.
Recent examples of work or case studies:
- Represented a care provider at an inquest in which significant concerns had been raised by the family of the deceased and there was the potential for the Coroner to make a number of criticisms and adverse findings. Alison was able to mitigate these issues through effective preparation with the client and representation at the inquest itself.
- Represented a provider to appeal a decision by CQC to cancel its registration. Alison assisted the provider to reach an agreement with CQC, allowing the provider to keep its registration and avoiding the need for the provider to attend a hearing at the Care Standards Tribunal.
- Assisting a number of providers to increase their ratings following receipt of draft inspection reports from CQC, including assisting a provider to increase a rating from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ and supporting another provider to increase their rating from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’.
- Alison has also advised a number of care providers in relation to their care home contracts in order to ensure that they are legally enforceable and compliant with the latest guidance issued by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).