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Alison McCormick

Alison McCormick

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Alison McCormick’s practice is Claimant focused, specialising in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence. Offering “sensitive yet robust advice” and “explaining things in plain terms” are key principles of her practice.

In personal injury, Alison specialises in catastrophic injury and industrial disease cases. Her caseload includes claims arising out of employers’, occupiers’ and public liability and road traffic accidents. She has particular expertise in dealing with Claimants who lack mental capacity, the terminally ill, recently bereaved and cases involving minors.

Alison’s clinical negligence practice includes a wide variety of different types of cases arising out of general practitioner, surgical and anaesthetic negligence across many disciplines, including orthopaedics, neurology, oncology, gynaecology and obstetrics.

A significant part of Alison’s practice is asbestos-related litigation. Alison’s cases span the whole spectrum of asbestos related diseases, from pleural thickening to mesothelioma, often involving issues of both liability and quantum. She is very experienced in mesothelioma claims involving terminally ill or recently bereaved Claimants.

Alison was junior counsel for the Claimant in Lead Case 1 (Durham v BAI) in the Employers’ Liability Trigger Litigation [2012] UKSC 14, high profile test litigation involving individuals, employers and insurance companies which was decided in the Claimants’ favour by the Supreme Court in March 2012.

Alison has a compassionate and common sense approach to litigation, with an emphasis on client care and establishing close working relationships with solicitors. She aims to maximise the damages awards which her clients receive and assist them to understand and cope with what is, for many, very traumatic litigation.

Alison is always willing to travel to see clients at home or wherever is most comfortable for them.

Appointments & Memberships

  • APIL
  • PIBA
  • AVMA

Alison McCormick is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


“She has extremely good attention to detail, is fantastic with clients and is very approachable.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2021

“Very approachable, down to earth and gets to the heart of the issues quickly.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2020

“She can analyse different concepts and translate them into language that can be understood by claimants from all walks of life.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2020

“One of the most astute and effective communicators at the Bar.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2020

“She is able to translate complex legal issues into language readily understood by the lay client.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2020

“She is very down-to-earth and approachable, and has great client care skills.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2019

“Alison can always be relied upon. She goes the extra mile for claimants.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2019

“Her strengths are conscientiousness, thoroughness, responsiveness, expertise and client friendliness.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2019

“She has a detailed knowledge of the law; is empathic but remains professional at all times.” Personal Injury: Industrial Disease, Legal 500 2019

“She has a great attention to detail and is liked and appreciated by clients.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2019

“Exceptional client care skills, very empathetic and tailors her approach to the client. Very friendly and approachable.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Outstanding, brilliant with clients and very down-to-earth.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“She is amazing with clients and very experienced in her field.” Clinical Negligence, Personal injury, Legal 500 2017

“She’s very calm and measured in the advice that she gives, her advice is always very clear and concise and reasoned.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“Her client care skills and bedside manner are superb and really put clients at ease.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“Her attention to detail is second to none.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016

“Her communication skills are exceptional, as is her attitude to client care.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2016

“She is able to explain things in plain terms and in a very compassionate way.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“She has client care skills that are second to none.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“Very, very good with clients, very bright, incredibly thorough and good to work with. My go-to barrister for high-value cases.” “A highly experienced and versatile counsel whose involvement in the landmark employers’ liability policy litigation was invaluable.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2015

“Recommended for her first-rate client skills.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015

“She is incredibly sympathetic with clients, providing sensitive yet robust advice.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015

“She’s brilliant at special damages and very, very user-friendly with the clients.” “She’s superb; sensitive and always on the ball.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2014

“A formidable opponent, who has meticulous attention to detail.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014

“A pleasure to work with as she is always so well prepared.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014

Alison McCormick is an “extremely experienced” junior counsel with a devoted solicitor following. Leading claimant lawyers opine that she is “extremely thorough and unusually good with clients.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2013

The “wonderfully approachable” Alison McCormick, “whose excellent demeanour and use of plain English quickly put clients at ease.” A popular port of call for complex issues of law and quantum, McCormick divides her time between disease and catastrophic brain and spine injury cases. Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2012

Alison McCormick, is “extremely helpful and approachable” and has “great empathy for clients.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2011



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