Allison Summers


Allison Summers is a specialist criminal law advocate undertaking a range of heavyweight cases in London and on the South-Eastern and Midland Circuits. She is known for her meticulous case preparation, formidable court advocacy and client care.

Now a predominantly defence-based practitioner, she specialises in cases involving serious violence, including homicide and sexual offences. Her other work includes drugs offences, particularly cases concerning importation and large-scale drug conspiracies.

Allison is often instructed in cases involving young and vulnerable defendants and witnesses. Her youngest client was 13 years old. Her oldest was 92 years old. She has conducted cases involving the use of intermediaries both for prosecution witnesses and for the defendant. She conducts robust but fair and appropriate cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses.

She has extensive experience of dealing with defendants with mental health problems and other behavioural problems such as Aspergers, Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Her range of experience in homicide cases covers domestic murders, joint enterprise, somnambulism (sleep walking) and infanticide. Allison has an established practice in cases involving rape and other sexual offences. She frequently represents elderly defendants and professionals charged with both historic and recent sexual offences.

Solicitors often go to Allison where there are difficult or unusual features in a case. She has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to identifying and instructing appropriate experts. She draws on her experience as an Assistant Coroner to remain up to date with developments in relevant areas of expert evidence.

Formerly a Grade 3 Prosecutor and a member of the Attorney General’s List of Prosecuting Advocates and the Serious Fraud Office Advocates List, she undertook large and complex fraud work. She draws on this experience when analysing factually complex cases. She was retained in a number of sensitive and complex cases specifically as disclosure counsel. She continues to have a particular interest in disclosure and this is often put to use in cases where there is third party material. 

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