Alison Gurden

Associate Member

Alison joined us as an associate tenant in June 2018 and in doing so introduced her interesting practice to Drystone Chambers. She is well known for taking on cases which are high profile and controversial and challenging. Much of her practice is pro bono both in England and Wales and overseas.

Her practice in England and Wales spans all areas of the criminal justice system from criminal defence, to complaints against the police, judicial review of prison governor decisions, and challenges to court orders such sex offender harm prevention orders and football banning orders. She has particular expertise in representing football fans in the criminal courts and has a through knowledge of football policing practice and procedure.

She regularly appears in all courts from the Magistrates Court to Court of Appeal. She has specialist knowledge of mental health issues and frequently works with psychologists and psychiatrists in her cases.

Alison has expertise and experience in defending in death penalty cases in the USA. She has an extensive practice of representing prisoners sentenced to Life Without Parole (USA) and Indefinite detention (England and Wales) at their sentencing hearings and parole hearings.

Alison is also a mentor for students and young members of the Bar

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LLM International Human Rights Law

Associations and Memberships

Called to the Bar 2000 (Lincoln's Inn)

Notable Cases

• Represented one of the Chelsea FC football fans in the Paris Metro case.

• Represented a woman with mental health issues who faced a long term in prison for urinating on a war memorial.

• Acquittal of a male with a long history of offences, charged with rape.

• Successful mitigation to the State Attorney in a case where a male was facing the death penalty for a felony murder. State Attorney agreed to waive the death penalty prior to trial.

• Successful appeal of a teenager sentenced to Life Without Parole for Murder in the USA. Sentence reduced to just over 40 years.

• Representation at a parole hearing of a prisoner sentenced to Indefinite Detention for murder. Client released from prison on licence.