Alison has extensive advisory and litigation experience and her expertise spans both the civil and criminal aspects of consumer law. She has appeared as junior alone in numerous prosecutions brought by trading standards authorities, including matters concerning the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPUT), Consumer Rights Act, Consumer Contract (Information, Cancellation, and Additional Payments) Regulations, Trade Marks Act, and the Fraud Act.
Alison has been seconded to the Competition and Markets Authority, where her work involved advising on civil and criminal enforcement of UK and EU consumer legislation.
- Suffolk County Council v G: prosecuted G. for 11 offences under Regulation 5 of CPUT, arising out of clocking the odometers of horseboxes. An explanation of the law to G’s representative led to guilty pleas being entered to all charges. G was committed for sentence and sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended. A disqualification from driving was imposed due to the nature of the offences, effectively preventing further trade. Significant costs were recovered;
- London Borough of Ealing v K. and anor: successful prosecution for various trade mark offences where the defendants were selling hundreds of products bearing false logos;
- Suffolk County Council v L.: successful prosecution of the director of a building company for contravening the requirements of professional diligence following a failure to complete the renovation of a residential property.