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Practice Manager
Maria Rushworth
Arlington House
Bloom Street
M3 6AJ

Alison Mather


Alison's criminal practice includes:

  • Business crime and regulatory law
  • Child abuse and child destruction
  • Criminal fraud and proceeds of crime
  • Death by dangerous/careless driving
  • Drugs offences and conspiracies
  • Firearms and other offensive weapons
  • Gangland and violent crime
  • Mental health crime
  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Rape and sexual offences

Alison has extensive and broad experience of both the Crown and Appellate Courts.  She undertakes both prosecution and defence work in cases of the utmost severity and complexity.  In particular, Alison has a wealth of experience in matters of violent crime, serious assaults, sexual offences and drug-related offences including large-scale importation.  Her work with young and vulnerable defendants and those with mental health issues who find themselves before the Courts is of particular interest to her.

Murder and Manslaughter

Alison is able to accept instructions in relation to all offences involving homicide.

Rape & Sexual Offences

Alison is particularly sought after for her expertise in sexual offences, both as prosecutor and defence counsel.

Child Abuse and Child Destruction

Alison has experience of dealing with this sensitive area of criminal law and is well-versed in the issues that can arise both pre-trial and in handling witnesses.

Firearms & Other Offensive Weapons

Alison has experience of dealing with offences involving not only firearms but also blades and other instruments.

Drugs Offences and Conspiracies

Alison has considerable experience of dealing with cases that involve allegations of drug-related offending, both possession and intent to supply, and larger scale conspiracy matters.

Mental Health Crime

Alison is a member of the Mental Health team and takes particular interest in defendants who suffer with mental health challenges. In her prosecution practice she has extensive experience of working sensitively with those who have suffered physical, mental and sexual abuse who have gone on to develop mental health issues.

Appellate Practice

Alison has over 20 years experience in the Appellate courts. She undertakes advice work in this area and has appeared for both the prosecution and the defence on numerous occasions.

Reported Cases

Serious Crime: R v Williams [2012] : Rape and Kidnap R v Hong Fong Le [2011] : Conspiracy to cultivate cannabis, worth more than £2M R v Jalal [2010] : Multiple S.18 stabbings R v Cullerton [2010] : Child Cruelty involving complex disclosure issues R v Singh [2010] : Attempted Murder, multiple counts of Robbery and Violent Disorder R v Wilson [2009] : Large scale Violent Disorder R v Leatherbarrow [2008] : Child Cruelty R v Evans [2007] : Perverting the Course of Justice R v Renke [2006] : Importation of Firearms, Proceeds of Crime R v Glasgow [2005] : Drugs Importation Mental Health Crime: R v Cullerton [2010] : Child Cruelty involving complex disclosure and mental health issues R v Beatty [2009] : Aggravated Burglary concerning a Defendant with mental health issues Sexual Offences: R v Duncan [2009] : Sexual Assault Inquests & Inquiries: Linton [2010] : Death of a school child following asthma attack Cross [ 2008] : Death of a patient in a mental health unit Lister [2007] : Death of a child on school caving activity


Member of Lincoln's Inn Criminal Bar Association