Alice joined Thompsons in November 2016, initially working in the statement team before moving to the employment team where she is currently a trainee. Alice provides legal advice to trade unions in relation to employment matters such as unfair dismissal, discrimination and wage disputes.
Before starting her law degree, Alice worked in elderly care, criminal justice and the violence against women sector. She chose to return to university to study law as she felt unable to support vulnerable people in the way that she wanted to without a legal education. Whilst studying for her law degree, Alice won two academic awards: Best Overall Mark for the subject Delict, and Best Overall Student in Legal Theory. Alice was also involved in the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic and represented clients in the Employment Tribunal, Small Claims Court and Small Claims Appeal Court, winning one client a sum of nearly £20,000. During her studies, Alice was also the Volunteer Coordinator for the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre and regularly provided legal advice to women experiencing gender-based violence, as well as working on strategic cases to secure justice for women victims of abuse. Due to her commitment to access to justice and client care, Alice was awarded the Amanda Benstock Award for Compassion in 2016 and the Best Overall Contribution in 2017 by the University Law Clinic. Alice was also nominated for the Attorney General Best Contribution by an Individual Student Award by both the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre and Law Clinic in 2018.
Alice has volunteered in India and Palestine, as well as with local drugs charities.
Whilst working in elderly care for a local authority, Alice was part of an equal pay claim. It was this experience that shaped Alice’s understanding of and commitment to the labour and trade union movement. Since then Alice has had a keen interest in employment law and has used her time in the University Law Clinic and Thompsons to enhance her skills and knowledge in the area. Alice is committed to doing claimant work and will always seek to address the power imbalance between workers and their employers. Alice has a particular interest in how class and gender inequality manifest and intersect in the workplace, discrimination cases, social justice and for working with vulnerable people who are seeking to enforce their rights.
MA (Hons) Social Anthropology with Development, First Class, University of Edinburgh, 2012
Clinical LLB, Pass with Merit, University of Strathclyde, 2017
Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Strathclyde, 2018
Law Society of Scotland
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Howard League for Penal Reform
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