BA, LLB, Cert IV TAE Australian Legal Practitioner
Acting Director Practical Legal Training
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts
Certificate IV Training and Assessment
At Leo Cussen
Alison is Acting Director Practical Legal Training, working with trainees in the online course, and shares the topic coordination responsibility for Family Law with Claire Humble. As part of her role, Alison teaches in small group sessions with trainees in the intensive foundation skills module at the commencement of the course and at times in Family Law.
Before moving into online training, Alison worked as a Mentor with trainees in the full-time onsite course. She has had broad experience at Leo Cussen, having been responsible at various times for the topics of Civil Litigation, Administrative Law, Taxation as well as Legal Research and Interviewing and Drafting. She enjoys participating in course design, mentoring trainees and guiding their work.
Before Leo Cussen
Alison has extensive and varied experience as a lawyer in the areas of commercial and insurance litigation, probate litigation and family law. She did her Articles of Clerkship with a medium-sized city law firm and continued to work there for a further two years in the litigation department before joining the litigation department of another city firm. She then worked for a boutique family law and probate litigation firm. She has also tutored in and assessed in Contract Law at Monash University and was an Instructor at Leo Cussen in the topic of civil litigation before joining as a Mentor.
Alison is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria. She is a former member and Chair of the Education Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the LIV. She has also been a member of a community crèche committee of management, and been a parent representative on numerous school committees.
Currently, Alison is a member of the Human Ethics Research Committee at the Cairnmillar Institute School of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Alison’s special professional interests are litigation and family law. She has a strong interest in the education and mentoring of law students.
Outside of work, Alison is a theatre and ballet fan (stemming from student days as a reviewer for the Monash student newspaper Lot’s Wife!).