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Alison Gorlov

Position: Partner

Core Areas: Local and Central Government & Transport and Infrastructure

Legal 500 - Leading Individual 2017Alison Gorlov - Chambers UK 2016

Alison has over 30 years' experience of the promotion of private legislation for a wide variety of public and private sector bodies to confer particular statutory powers or authorise infrastructure. Associated with this, she regularly prepares and negotiates related agreements and similar documents dealing with implementation. By far the majority of the infrastructure projects with which she has been involved are connected with or form an integral part of regeneration schemes.

Alison advises on negotiations and drafting of protective provisions and undertakings for both promoters and objectors. These frequently go beyond the stage of provisions in the legislation and are detailed development agreements. Alison also has extensive knowledge of public law issues, regulatory regimes, human rights, transport, compulsory purchase and compensation and related areas of planning and environmental law.

Apart from private legislation, Alison is a legislative draftsman. As a member of the firm's team on the Scottish Parliament's external legislative drafting panel and acting in a similar capacity for the Northern Ireland Assembly she has been responsible for drafting a variety of Member's Bills and related drafting work.

Clients instruct Alison Gorlov "because she is very astute and very hands-on. She sees the whole picture and many of the points that her opponents miss." She is nationally known for her harbour work, and is praised for her "incredibly deep knowledge of her subject matter, which she can articulate to her clients." [Chambers and Partners UK]


Recent experience

  • Acting as parliamentary agent on the promotion of the Bills and Orders relating to railways, bank mergers and similar corporate changes, markets, bridges, local authority powers, constitution and property, schools, tramways and harbours, among other matters. In particular she was responsible for the controversial private legislation relating to the business vote in the City of London
  • Promoting four private Bills in the Scottish Parliament to authorise major new railways
  • Acting as Government Agent, most recently on the promotion of the Hybrid Bill authorising the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and (with the firm's Crossrail Bill team) on the Hybrid Bill to authorise the London Crossrail, and has advised Government on hybridity and hybrid instruments

Professional memberships

Law Society England and Wales

Work history

1978 to present, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
1978, Roll A Parliamentary Agent
1975 to 1978, Assistant Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood
1971 to 1975, Articled Clerk, Winckworth Sherwood
1971 Articled Clerk, Haymon & Walters

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‘Good, in-depth knowledge of the sector' and gives ‘excellent advice covering different angles'

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