Alison trained in Leeds at a leading commercial firm where she qualified in 1998 into the Commercial Litigation department. Alison took the opportunity in July 1999 to move to Dickinson Dees to join their expanding Commercial Disputes Group. After gaining a wide range of practical experience dealing with commercial issues including claims for wrongful termination or breach of contract, negligence, shareholder and partnership disputes, judicial review and insolvency advice, Alison moved to tbi in April 2005 to head up the Commercial Disputes Team. Alison is keen to ensure that the client receives practical and commercial advice no matter what the issue. She often uses her experience of alternative dispute resolution to find cost effective and pragmatic settlements to potential or long running disputes. However, she also recognises that, on some occasions, tenacity, strength and determination are required in order to succeed with inevitable litigation. Alison enjoys golf, swimming and skiing and relaxes by walking her dogs in the North Yorkshire countryside.