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Alison Ward

Position(s)  Head of Team , Solicitor , Director

Area(s) of Practice  Mental Health

Location(s)  Nottingham

Phone   07808 803 857


Alison Ward

Alison Ward is the Director of Mental Health Services at Cartwright King, heading up her very experienced team of lawyers.

Alison established the department’s work in the Nottingham area when she joined the firm and has continued to represent clients in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands since that time. Alison is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme and is an experienced Advocate before the First Tier Mental Health Tribunal. She represents clients subject to all sections of the Mental Health Act and has a particular specialism in dealing with restricted cases including extensive experience representing patients detained in high secure care at Rampton Hospital.

She has been involved in several Judicial Review applications and has also dealt with appeals before the Upper Tier Tribunal, see reported cases below.

Specialist area(s):
Mental Health

Reported Cases:

Alison has had a number of cases reported during her career as instructing solicitor, all publicly funded Judicial Review cases namely; 

  • R V Secretary of State for the  Home Department, Ex Parte Probyn, 1 All ER 357 (1998),
  • R (Hussain) v Derby Magistrates and Another (2001 All ER (D) 26 (Jul),
  • R v Governor of Dartmoor Prison Ex Parte N(2001) EWHC Admin 93,
  • DC V Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (2012) UKUT 92 (Acc).


Alison Ward has been my solicitor for 10 years…Since Alison has worked with me she has been brilliant.. and has always stuck by me. She is very professional and hard working and will go out of her way to help. Even when the odds were stacked up against me, Alison has always helped me. Alison cares, that’s what makes her the best solicitor I’ve had.–  (Client)

She has a very kind and caring attitude, always taking any questions through to an understanding resolve. She makes me feel at ease which is sometimes a difficulty due to my mental state. She has supported me for many years which I am massively grateful for. She’s a wonderful person and has always been superb when representing me in both my CPA and also in my tribunal. A massive and most triumphant thanks for all her help over the years.- (Client)

Alison’s initial instructions to me were clear and achievable. She was timely and proficient in her communication with me, and she kept me informed of relevant changes and developments. She was approachable and knowledgeable and willing to discuss the intricacies of what was a complex case. Her work was effective, but most importantly demonstrated humanity. Alison was open and honest with her client and appeared to have spent a great deal of time and effort helping her to prepare for the hearing and discussing with her the salient issues and possible outcomes. Her relationship with her client struck me as warm and empathetic, while at the same time focused and professional. In my professional opinion Alison was supportive of her client, affirmative and encouraging; while also being balanced and realistic about opposing views and potential obstacles. The hearing was intensive and demanding… Alison’s conduct in this forum was exemplary  Her approach was persistent, pertinent and trenchant without being adversarial. Her arguments were clearly and persuasively articulated and she was able to calmly and convincingly address the counter arguments that were put forward.”- (Independent Professional)

“Alison always made sure we knew we could phone her with anything concerning us/worrys. Alison would always get on to the correct people to get the information we needed” - (Client testimonial - 2018)


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