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Barrister - Alison Harvey

Year of Call:  1994

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Gavin John
Lucas Bennett
Christy Irvine

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Alison Harvey - Court of Protection

Alison Harvey was called to the bar in 1994. She holds a Masters in human rights and civil liberties law, where she focused on mental health law for her dissertation. She trains, lectures and writes widely on public law, with a particular interest in human rights and access to justice and areas where immigration status affects entitlements.

Alison is developing a practice in Court of Protection in both property and affairs and health and welfare and matters. She welcomes instructions from all parties to proceedings, including family members, on a wide range of issues on capacity and best interests.

With her background in human rights law, she has a particular interest in challenges to deprivation of liberty.

She has worked in the UK and overseas, representing clients before tribunals and courts and on the development of law and policy in the UK, including on legislation as it passes through parliament and on the Administrative Justice Forum.  In the UK, she worked for the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (now Freedom from Torture). She has contributed to the work of the UK Administrative Justice Institute and acts as a peer reviewer for the journal ‘Public Law’.

Recent training credits include training for No5 Chambers on the Court of Protection and ‘Unlawful detention” and ‘Trafficking: identifying and assisting victims’ for Free Movement.


“As a trainer and writer, she is a leader in her field… …Her forensic attention to detail has also proved invaluable in the ongoing wrangles over the detail of legal aid policy and regulations.”

Steve Hynes, Legal Action Group


A Guide to the Immigration Act 2016, Alison Harvey and Zoe Harper, Bloomsbury Professional, 24 March 2017

‘Immigration detention in the UK: recent developments’ (2016) Vol. 30, No.3 IANL 222-251

Contributor to Ian Macdonald QC and Ronan Toal (Eds), Immigration Law and Practice, (Ninth edition) (Butterworths Lexis Nexis, 2015)

Contributor to H. Crawley (Ed.), Working with children and young people subject to immigration control: Guidelines for best practice, (ILPA)

Resources Guide for Legal Practitioners Working with Refugee Children (Third Edition), (ILPA 2012)

‘Human trafficking - the road to ratification of the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings in the UK’ [2008] Vol. 22, No.3 IANL 218-235

‘Expulsion and exclusion’ [2007] Vol 22 No. 3 IANL, 208-222

‘The 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act and how to challenge it: a legal view’ in S. Cohen, B. Humphries and E. Mynott (Eds.), From Immigration controls to Welfare controls, State of Welfare Series) (Routledge 2001)