Alison has extensive experience in advising both employers and individuals on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, including TUPE and the employment aspects of corporate transactions, informing and consulting with staff, harmonising terms and conditions and dismissals.
With in-depth experience of employment tribunal claims ranging from unfair dismissal through to discrimination claims, Alison has also assisted clients with claims before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She also advises on day-to-day strategic issues, disciplinary and grievance situations, employment status issues, settlement agreements, terminations, redundancies and restructures and less contentious employment-related documentation such as contracts of employment and employee handbooks. Alison also has a keen interest in advising organisations on intellectual property matters.
Alison qualified as a solicitor 2001 and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. She has a Law degree from the University of Sheffield, a Master of Laws Degree in Intellectual Property Law from University College London and she completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice at the College of Law in London.
"Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors has been active in representing employers as respondents to unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, bullying in the workplace, sex and pregnancy discrimination claims. The firm has specialist sector expertise within the technology and pharmaceutical industries. Robert Cherry, who was promoted to partner in May 2018 and head of department Alison Gair are the main contacts". Legal 500 - 2020 Edition
“The service at Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors is ‘excellent, offering succinct advice and giving options with good explanations to facilitate sound decision making’. The team excels in the technology, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Head of employment Alison Gair ‘is outstanding, inspiring confidence, extremely knowledgeable and works really hard’. In one important case Gair acted for Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and its parent company Kohler in respect of an unfair dismissal claim made by one of UPS’ employees and associated allegations, successfully having the claims struck out at the preliminary hearing. Other highlights included advising clients on the exit of senior executives, office relocation and resulting staff redundancies, and restrictive covenants issues". Legal 500 - 2018/19 Edition
“Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors excels in the technology, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Recent work includes advising a software company on various matters, including senior executive exits, disciplinary actions and preventing litigation concerning pregnancy and sex discrimination claims. The ‘very personable’ Alison Gair leads the practice and represented the Reading Hebrew Congregation in a dispute with a Rabbi and Rebbetzin, who filed unfair dismissal, breach of contract, holiday pay and a series of other claims against the charity. Knight Strip Metals, Longacres Garden Centre and Uninterruptible Power Supplies are other clients”. Legal 500 – 2017 Edition
“At Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors, Alison Gair ‘maintains superb subject knowledge’, and ‘has a great ability to convey complex content into comprehensible information’”. Legal 500- 2016 Edition
“Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors’ Employment group is headed by Alison Gair, who has ‘particular expertise in regulations pertaining to employment of individuals outside the EU’, and also advises on IP-related employment matters”. Legal 500- 2015 Edition
”‘Incredibly efficient’ associate Alison Gair is ‘strong on regulations for recruiting from outside the EU, and IP-related employment issues’“. Legal 500 – 2014 Edition
Alison has a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property Law and advises on brand protection (trade marks), copyright, confidentiality and other IP issues. She can help you to protect your Intellectual Property and also advise you on the best ways to commercially exploit your Intellectual Property assets.
Alison is an Employment and Intellectual Property solicitor based in Clifton Ingram’s Wokingham office.