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Chambers of Paul Reed QC and PJ Kirby QC

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Alison Meacher

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Hardwicke (Chambers of Paul Reed QC and PJ Kirby QC)


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.


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.


  • 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)


  • 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).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeHer drafting is thorough and she is a firm advocate in court and in negotiations.

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

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeInnovative, very knowledgeable and very competent in Court of Protection cases.

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Court of Protection and community care

Within: Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeVery skilled on mental capacity and mental health law.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing – Leading juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickePairs well-researched briefs with clear, confident and straightforward advocacy.

Within: Social housing

Hardwicke’s presence in the social housing space comes primarily through the set’s property litigation work and social welfare capabilities. Chambers is well known for representing housing associations in disrepair and possession claims. Recent stand-out work has included Alison Meacher representing a local authority in a case concerning the proper interpretation of a clause in the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006.

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