Alastair Young joined the firm in February 2017 as a Paralegal based at our Wisbech office. He is currently working in the Commercial department as a trainee solicitor and is looking forward to the prospect of helping people with their legal matters.
Alastair studied his law degree at the University of Birmingham and completed a Master of Laws with Distinction from the University of Nottingham. Whilst completing his law degree, he studied a number of areas of law including; company law, tax law, sale of goods law, counter-terrorism law and criminal evidence. During his Masters, the focus was on international law which included: international criminal law (war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity), animal rights law, international legal history, the philosophical foundations of law, the theoretical principles of evidence and proof, the international prison and detention system, international child rights law and religion and international human rights law.
Whilst at the University of Birmingham, Alastair undertook a summer research scholarship. The work was on the corporate social responsibility policies of large law firms and the work, which he co-authored the paper with his academic lead and a solicitor, has been published in the journal Legal Ethics. He was a finalist in one of the internal mooting competitions and subsequently sat on the mooting committee at the University. He also acted as a pro-bono volunteer for the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Clinic.
Prior to joining Fraser Dawbarns, Alastair was an intern at JUSTICE for 4 months which is a leading policy reform and human rights organisation based in London that promotes access to JUSTICE and the rule of law. He was primarily based in the criminal justice department, dealing with policy reform matters in this area conducting research on sexual offences, the right to police a station advice in Scotland (dealing with the Salduz v Turkey jurisprudence) and on other matters such as the development of the online court arising from the Government’s recent Transforming Our Justice System White Paper. He won the Kalisher Award at JUSTICE for aspiring lawyers from lower socio-economic backgrounds. He was also involved with a mental health working party dealing with providing access to justice for defendants with mental health disorders.
Alastair can offer his clients an extremely high level of diligence and dedication. He is approachable, resourceful and committed, and will ensure that all their matters are dealt with to a high standard.
Outside of work, Alastair has volunteered for the National Gardens Scheme, which raises money for charity by opening stately or otherwise impressive gardens open for visits. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, learning languages and socialising.