Alison Love

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Master of Philosophy (Law)
Australian Legal Practitioner
Mentor and Lawyer


At Leo Cussen

Alison is a Mentor and Lawyer with the Practical Legal Training program, focusing upon delivery of the QLD course. Alison draws upon her broad and diverse 20+ years of legal and government experience to help trainees to develop practical and innovative solutions to real-life problems. She is passionate about guiding younger lawyers on the importance of self-care and work/life balance, both necessary to ensure a long and fulfilling career in the law. Alison is an advocate for excellence in all forms of communication – with the core of this being the fostering of exceptional listening skills.


Before Leo Cussen

Prior to joining Leo Cussen, Alison worked across both private and public legal practice, statutory review bodies, as well as within academia. She has served as a Federal and State Tribunal Member, sitting on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, and Migration and Refugee Review Tribunals, as well as the QLD Mental Health Review Tribunal as a presiding Member. Alison also spent 8 years assisting QCAT as a Public Assessor on matters of health regulation, plus working as a sessional university law lecturer. She has produced peer-reviewed articles on Tribunal practice and spoken extensively on decision-making ethics.



Always with a nod to her Arts major in English literature, Alison ran her own copywriting consultancy and is a member of the Law, Literature and Humanities Association. Alison is also a long-term volunteer and former Board Member of Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness, an organisation that seeks to assist those in need at one of life’s most stressful times. She has served as a QLD Chapter Committee Member of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.


Achievements/Special Interests

Alison is a twice-awarded Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Publication Award recipient. She is a passionate lifelong learner and hopes to pass this curiosity about the world and society on to younger lawyers. Coming from a regional area and having battled some notable life challenges, Alison is able to ‘walk the talk’ when discussing resilience in an ever-changing world. When not reading and writing, you may find Alison in her kayak – contemplating whether stand-up paddle boarding might well be her next big challenge.