Alison Harvey has experience of representing all parties in Court of Protection cases: the incapacitated person through the Official Solicitor or other person acting as a litigation friend, the Office of the Public Guardian, Local Authorities, and family members. She accepts direct access work in appropriate cases.
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. She has advised and represented in cases where the immigration status of the incapacitated person was a factor in establishing what was in their best interests.
She has worked 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 trains, lectures and writes widely on public law. 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 ‘Unlawful detention” and ‘Trafficking: identifying and assisting victims’ for Free Movement.
She divides her time between London and the West Country.
Fluent in French
“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
BP v Surrey County Council and RP  EWCOP 17
BP v Surrey County Council and RP (No2)  EWCOP 22
The first cases to come before the Court of Protection on deprivation of liberty as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Consideration of interference with rights under Articles 5 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and of derogation under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights” it is clumsily repetitious.
Equality and human rights’ implications of remote assessments of capacity considered as well as importance of facilitating both visits and return home.
Bar Council representative to Home Office Simplification of the [Immigration] Rules Review Committee
Advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK parliament for its enquiry into immigration detention, specialising in the detention of the Windrush generation.
Lexis PSL Consulting Editorial Board
Member, Expert Advisory Panel of the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants
Inner Temple Major Scholarship
Administrative Law Bar Association
Joint Hons French and Philosophy (Oxon.)
MA Human Rights and Civil Liberties Law
Diploma in Law.
A Guide to the Immigration Act 2016, Alison Harvey and Zoe Harper, Bloomsbury Professional, 24 March 2017
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)
‘Expulsion and exclusion’  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)