Environmental Law

About Alison Pryor

Called in 2008

Alison is valued for her tenacious demeanour and has been praised for her thorough and forensic advocacy.

Her practice encompasses the full range of environmental law, criminal matters, and she also has considerable experience in care proceedings and private law Children Act disputes.

Alison is the head of chambers’ environmental law team, and has in-depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape in this area and an understanding of the technical issues that commonly arise. It is her background in general criminal law, however, that has proven to be a valuable resource in cases where what is required is realistic and sensible advice on how to defend a prosecution in the criminal courts.

She is regularly instructed in prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency in respect of sewage pollution incidents and has significant experience in advising on and presenting evidence to challenge the prosecution case on culpability and harm. In addition, she frequently appears in cases where the correct application of the sentencing guidelines to “very large organisations” (ie where annual turnover is in excess of £250m) is in issue and was instructed as junior counsel in what is currently the largest prosecution ever brought by the EA against a water company, at Aylesbury Crown Court in February –  March 2017. She also appeared in the Court of Appeal as junior counsel for the defendant water company in the first appeal brought under the new sentencing guidelines for environmental offences (R v Thames Water Utilities Ltd [2015] EWCA Crim 960, [2015] 2 Cr App Rep (S) 439, [2015] 1 WLR 4411, [2015] Crim LR 739, 165 NLJ 7657, (2015) Times 21 August).

 

Crime

Alison both prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court. Recent instructions include allegations of historic sexual offences, conspiracy to defraud, and various offences against the person. She has appeared in the Central Criminal Court in her own right, in a fraud/tax evasion trial, and as a led junior in a multi-handed murder/violent disorder matter lasting 12 weeks. In addition, Alison has experience as independent disclosure counsel instructed by HMRC and the SFO.

Alison is regularly instructed by the defence in prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency, and appeared as junior counsel before the Court of Appeal in the first appeal brought under the new sentencing guidelines for environmental offences (R v Thames Water Utilities Ltd [2015] EWCA Crim 960, [2015] 2 Cr App Rep (S) 439, [2015] 1 WLR 4411, [2015] Crim LR 739, 165 NLJ 7657, (2015) Times 21 August).
Family

Alison’s practice covers both private and public law children matters as well as applications for financial remedies and disputes concerning TLATA.

She has significant experience in representing parents and the Guardian at all stages of care proceedings, from applications for EPOs/ICOs through to final hearings and appeals. Her approachability and skill in handling matters concerning vulnerable clients make her particularly suitable for this practice area. Alison is also regularly instructed to represent clients in private law matters, from ex parte injunction applications to contested final hearings on issues of residence and contact.

Civil

Alison’s civil practice is wide-ranging and includes anti-social behaviour injunctions, personal injury and credit hire. Currently, she is instructed in a multi-faceted claim concerning the sale of business premises which raised issues as to the applicability of consumer protection legislation.

Before joining Church Court in 2014, Alison was a member of Westgate Chambers in Sussex where she established successful criminal, family and civil practices. Previously Alison worked for LexisNexis as a law reporter covering the Supreme Court, both Courts of Appeal and the Divisional and Administrative courts. In addition, she regularly produced headnotes for the All England, Family Court and Local Government Reports.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS


Criminal Bar Association

Inner Temple

LANGUAGES


French

Polish