Alison Dorrell

Allison Dorrell - Barrister at St John's Buildings Chambers


Phone: 0114 273 8951

Year of call: 1992

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Alison is a former solicitor who worked for the CPS as Principal Crown Prosecutor until 1992. She specialises in criminal law handling a wide range of serious and complex cases but with a special emphasis on cases of a sexual nature. She is frequently instructed both for the Prosecution and Defence in rape trials and has a very successful track record in contested cases.

She read Law at Sheffield University and was called to the Bar by Grays Inn in 1992.


  • Category 4 Prosecutor
  • Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel member
  • Advocacy Trainer
  • Pupil Supervisor


  • Crime

    Alison is an accomplished advocate with excellent people skills. She is tenacious in court, being particularly respected for her ability in cross-examination. She devotes time to establish a rapport with lay clients and inspires confidence in them and family members. She makes herself available at all times to offer advice and assistance to her instructing solicitors.


    R v Johnson (2013): Prosecution of systematic and violent sexual abuse of a teenage girl by two men involving sadism and bestiality. Life sentences followed.

    R v F (2012): Defence of a 15-year-old boy charged with anal rape of a 12-year-old female school friend. He was acquitted.

    R v Relton (2014): Ten handed organised and violent crime group involving the robberies of jewellers and betting shops with the use of disguises, handguns and machetes. Miss Relton was the only Defendant to receive a non-custodial sentence.

    R v Hilton (2012): Landmark case (Court of Appeal Judgement) concerning the use of child “memory” evidence. Complainant aged 2 years 9 months when the abuse perpetrated by his father during changing of the little boy’s nappy.

    R v Gillott (2014): High profile gang-related Class A drugs conspiracy with £250,000 cash and £250,000 drugs recovered, significant covert surveillance material and voluminous mobile telephone data. Interception of prison telecoms led to the arrest and interview of a dozen other alleged co-conspirators.

    R v Barnfield (2015): High profile case in which a man was cleared of having sex with a Shetland pony but jailed for outraging public decency. The case received national newspaper coverage and was even reported in the New York Daily News. Click here to see the Daily Mirror article. Miss Dorrell later represented Mr Barnfield in the Court of Appeal where his sentence was cut to two years.

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