Alison is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer whose practice includes civil, administrative, and criminal law. She is called to the bar in both British Columbia and the Yukon. Alison practiced at Arvay Finlay until its closure in 2014. In 2017, Alison reconstituted Arvay Finlay with other former members of the firm.
Alison’s general litigation practice includes representation of clients facing civil forfeiture, navigating complex administrative processes including environmental assessment and regulatory matters, and challenging laws and government action on constitutional grounds. She also provides litigation and policy support to a number of administrative tribunals. Alison has argued cases at all levels of court in British Columbia, Alberta, the Federal Court system, and the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also appeared before administrative tribunals. Alison has acted as counsel on a number of significant constitutional cases including litigation striking down laws that authorize solitary confinement (BCCLA & JHS v AG) and establishing a right to medical assistance in dying (Carter v. AG).
Alison is recognized in the 2019 and 2020 Best Lawyers Directory, most recently as a leading corporate and commercial litigator and in the area of appellate practice. Alison was recognized in 2019 by Benchmark Canada as a Litigation Future Star. She is an honorary lifetime member of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association.
Alison is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. She frequently presents at conferences and publishes on issues pertaining to her practice. Some recent contributions include:
Faculty, “Emerging Issues in Civil Forfeiture Litigation”, (2019) CLEBC Anti-Money Laundering Conference
Author, “Solitary Confinement: A Test Case Litigation Story” (2019), 90 S.C.L.R. (2d) 393
Author, “Constitutional Conversations” (2019), 88 S.C.L.R. 2(d) 231. Available here.
Faculty, “Judicial Review and Religious Organizations”, (2018) CLEBC Administrative Law Conference
Faculty, “Groia v. Law Society: Civility & Proportionality, Advocacy & the Charter (...But Mostly Standard of Review)”, (2018) Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Cutting Edge Topics for Trial Lawyers Conference
Panelist, "Human Rights and Corrections", (2018) Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies Conference
Panelist, "The Scope of Charter Rights and Redress", (2018) Osgoode 2017 Constitutional Cases Conference
Panelist, "Challenging Solitary Confinement", (2018) Asper Centre Public Interest Litigation Conference
Faculty, "The Line Between Zealous Advocacy and Misconduct", (2017) CLEBC Litigation Misconduct Conference
Faculty, "Year in Review: British Columbia Administrative Law Decisions of Note", (2017) CLEBC Administrative Law Conference
Co-author, "The Constitutional Infirmity of the Laws Prohibiting Criminal Negligence" (2016), 63 C.L.Q. 325. Available here.
Podcast Guest, "Punishment Unlimited? The Use and Abuse of Solitary Confinement in Canada" (2015), McGill L.J. Podcast. Available here.
Co-author, "Proportionality and the Public Law" (2015), Can. J. Admin. L. & Prac. 23. Available here.
Co-author, "Why we need a constitutional challenge on judicial appointments", The Globe and Mail (6 August 2015). Available here.
Author, “A Positive Future for Section 7? Children and Charter Change” (2014), 67 S.C.L.R. (2d) 537. Available here.
Co-Author, “Stare Decisis and Constitutional Supremacy: Will Our Charter Past Become an Obstacle to Our Charter Future?” (2012), 58 S.C.L.R. (2d) 61. Available here.
Co-Author, “Cost Strategies for Litigants: The Significance of R. v. Caron” (2011), 54 S.C.L.R. 427. Available here.
University of Victoria (LL.B., 2008, and B.F.A., 2001)