Project Description


Alison Best

Joined the byrne·dean team in 2012.

She began her career in 1998 with City law firm Herbert Smith, specialising as a solicitor in the employment law team from 2000. She then joined Mills & Reeve in 2002 advising corporate and public sector employers on a wide variety of workplace issues, from discrimination and dismissal to TUPE and the collective redundancy. Working as a professional support lawyer from 2005, she specialised in providing client training on a broad range of HR and employment law issues.

At byrne·dean Alison’s energetic facilitation style is highly engaging. She delivers dynamic and interactive sessions focused on practical ways of avoiding workplace problems and on constructive ways to engage management and staff for high performance. Using her legal background, she draws on real life, credible coalface examples on how things can go wrong, and how that can be avoided.

Alison has a keen interest in raising awareness of the importance emotional intelligence in making workplaces better places.

Summary CV

  • Queens’ College, Cambridge – First Class BA Honours in Law
  • College of Law – Distinction in the Legal Practice Course
Career History
  • 1998 – 2000: Trainee Solicitor, Herbert Smith
  • 2000 – 2001: Solicitor, Herbert Smith
  • 2002 – 2005: Solicitor and senior solicitor, Mills & Reeve LLP
  • 2005 – 2011: Professional support lawyer, Mills & Reeve LLP
  • 2012 – date: Associate, byrne·dean