Alison Meacher > Hardwicke Chambers Limited > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hardwicke Chambers Limited
HARDWICKE BUILDING, NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3SB
England

Position

Alison is a public and property law barrister. Her practice covers all aspects of housing, regeneration, contracting by, and with, local authorities, social welfare law, human rights – the provision of adult social care, residential landlord and tenant and real property, as well as TOLATA, probate and Inheritance Act disputes. Alison has particular expertise in the Court of Protection and applications under the Inherent jurisdiction, and often assists clients in matters concerning best interest decisions for adults who lack capacity, deprivation of liberty, deprivation of liberty safeguarding authorisations, appointment and revocation of welfare and financial deputies, protection for vulnerable capacitous adults and protection against forced marriage. She is regularly instructed by private individuals, local authorities and a wide range of other organisations such as social housing providers, care providers, charities and voluntary organisations for the purposes of litigation and general advisory work, including policy development and lawful decision making.

Career

Research assistant Brussels Annexe of the Corporate Department of Messrs; Taylor Wessing, volunteer at the AIRE Centre providing advisory work in areas of European Law and the European Convention of Human Rights; judicial assistant The International Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands; completed a stage at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, as a JP Warner Scholar of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, and a stage of the Council of the European Union in Brussels.

Memberships

  • Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (Euro Group committee member)
  • Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA, Chair of London Region),
  • Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)
  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Bar European Group (BEG)
  • Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP, affiliate member)

Education

  • College of Cardiff University of Wales (1997 LLB Joint Hons Law/Politics);
  • JP Warner Scholar (2000 Lincoln’s Inn);
  • Sarah Wadham Bursary (1999 Lincoln’s Inn).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Alison MeacherHardwickeVery personable and approachable. She has the ability to absorb vast amounts of complex information in a very short period of time, and to quickly identify the main issues of a particular matter, the key strengths and weaknesses and how to mitigate those weaknesses. Willingness to accommodate client demands and to work within tight timescales is also a strength.

Hardwicke has benefited from the consolidation in the social housing sector, which has seen a large number of housing associations merge to form ‘super’ housing associations. With the set having strong capabilities in real estate litigation and construction, its members are increasingly sought out to advise these entities on a broad cross-section of issues beyond those specific to the management of social housing tenancies. On the social housing management side, Morayo Fagborun Bennett acted for Peabody Trust in a possession claim, which had been defended on the basis that the occupier had paid an unprotected deposit to a fraudulent former employee of the housing association. Optivo, London & Quadrant and A2 Dominion also turn to the set for advice, while members also act for local authorities and tenants. Alison Meacher represented Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council at the Court of Appeal in a significant bedroom tax test case against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Alison MeacherHardwickeIs a confident litigator, who strives to achieve the best result for the client. Her advocacy skills are excellent and she is exceptionally good at negotiation. Alison has vast experience in Court of Protection work, both welfare and finances.

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Alison MeacherHardwickeThorough, hard-working, very accessible, knowledgeable, and tenacious.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Multidisciplinary set Hardwicke, which has particular expertise across the construction, professional negligence, and property litigation space, has had an eventful year, becoming a limited company and announcing plans to move to One Gray’s Inn in mid 2021. The set’s expansion plans have continued with the arrival of Mark O’Grady from Lamb Chambers, and Philipp Simon and Faisel Sadiq from Ely Place. Chambers management has also expanded with the hiring of Zoe Mellor as Practice Operations Director. In other recent news, the set has celebrated the appointment of five new Recorders: Jamal Demachkie, Andrew Skelly, Matthew Hodson (South Eastern, Crime), Rupert Higgins (Midland, Family), and Alison Meacher (South Eastern, Family).

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Alison MeacherHardwickeShe has vast experience in Court of Protection work, both welfare and finances.

At Hardwicke, Alison Meacher acts for both claimants and public in disputes over all aspects of public service and care provision as well as in proceedings involving adults who lack capacity and deprivation of liberty.

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Multidisciplinary set Hardwicke, which has particular expertise across the construction, professional negligence, and property litigation space, has had an eventful year, becoming a limited company and announcing plans to move to One Gray’s Inn in mid 2021. The set’s expansion plans have continued with the arrival of Mark O’Grady from Lamb Chambers, and Philipp Simon and Faisel Sadiq from Ely Place. Chambers management has also expanded with the hiring of Zoe Mellor as Practice Operations Director. In other recent news, the set has celebrated the appointment of five new Recorders: Jamal Demachkie, Andrew Skelly, Matthew Hodson (South Eastern, Crime), Rupert Higgins (Midland, Family), and Alison Meacher (South Eastern, Family).