Barrister: Alison Gurden

Year of Call: 2001

Alison Gurden works in most areas of law concerning the criminal justice system, such as deaths in custody and complaints against the police. She practices in the niche area of football supporter law, dealing with most legal issues faced by supporters and in particular Football Banning Orders. In her criminal law practice, she has experience of both prosecution and defence, and spent many years as a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service. Alison is an expert in human trafficking issues both in the UK and overseas.

Alison divides her time between England and Miami, where she is a volunteer lawyer with the Public Defender’s Office in their Capital Litigation Unit representing defendants facing the death penalty. She has experience of both criminal law and prison law in Florida. She has been given both the Rodney Thaxton Award from the Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Clyde Atkins award from the American Council of Civil Liberties for her work on death penalty cases.

Alison regularly appears in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She represents both claimants and respondents, and has experience of undertaking disciplinary investigations on behalf of employers. She has particular experience of representing police officers.

Alison has a heavy pro bono practice, and was awarded Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2012. She undertakes cases on behalf of FRU and the Bar Pro Bono Unit. She is a trustee of a charity assisting migrants and victims of human trafficking. She is a sponsor of Lincoln’s Inn students, and an active member of Amicus.