Allison Summers QC has an answer for what advocates should do in those difficult moments, like when their client acts up in front of the jury or when a very compelling witness gives evidence against their client.
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Called to the Bar in 2000, Allison undertook a common law pupillage before specialising in Criminal Law. Now an exclusively defence-based practitioner, Allison has been a member of Drystone Chambers since 2015 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019.
Allison is instructed in a range of cases involving serious violence and sexual offences, including and as well as domestic killings, parricide, infanticide, and somnambulism (sleep walking). She is often instructed in cases involving young and vulnerable defendants and witnesses. Her youngest client was 13 years old (charged with murder); her oldest, 92 (charged with historical sexual abuse). Allison also has extensive experience in representing defendants with mental health issues and other behavioural problems.
Allison has further experience as an Assistant Coroner, on which she is able to draw in cases involving complex medical issues, particularly in relation to medical causation. Broadly, Allison is known for her formidable courtroom advocacy, and her robust but fair and appropriate approach in sensitive situations.