She specialises in public healthcare, clinical negligence, mental health law and professional ethics. In recent years, her interests have focused upon the practical application and the role of law in matters of public health and policy development.
She has been involved in consultancy work for a diverse range of organisations including the World Health Organisation, the Department of Health (England and Wales), Childlessness Overcome through Surrogacy(C.O.T.S), British Medical Association and the Scottish Government. She is currently a member of the task and finish group for the General Medical Council updating their guidance on Consent. She has delivered presentations nationally, and internationally, and provided training for health care organisations.
Alison was appointed legal adviser to the Health Committee of the Scottish Parliament for the Adult Support and Protection (Sc) Act 2007 and Health and Sport Committee on the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill in 2010.
She is the Convener of the Health and Medical Law Reform Sub Committee for the Law Society of Scotland.
Alison is an honorary tutor in Cardiff School of Medicine for collaborative work with Cardiff University and the British Pain Society on palliative care and resolution of law and damages for patients in chronic pain. She is a regular visitor to the Grameen College of Nursing, Dhaka, Bangladesh, advising on Academic Quality Enhancement, Audit and Design in learning and teaching. She delivered their inaugural Professorial Lecture in May 2014.
In May 2017, she was commissioned by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to conduct an investigative review into the process of establishing, managing and supporting Independent Inquiries and Reviews in Scotland (with specific reference to The Scottish Independent Review of transvaginal mesh implants). This Review was published in October 2018.