David Allen QC is described in the legal directories by his professional clients as “a heavyweight commercial silk who is regularly sought out for his formidable advocacy and his “quick, clear and thoughtful” advice …” (see below “In the Directories”). Commentators say he is “widely respected for his capabilities in all manner of commercial disputes” and is considered to be “outstanding in every respect”.
David has a very broad practice in commercial law. Most of his clients are foreign corporations but he has of course acted for a significant number of well-known domestic corporations. His expertise includes agency, civil fraud, construction disputes (including all aspects of engineering and design), product liability, ship and oil rig and other marine disputes, commodities disputes, contractual disputes between corporations; energy disputes, insurance disputes, professional liability, sale of goods, sporting disputes and claims in tort. He is used to dealing with cases which are subject in whole or in part to foreign proper law and has given evidence in foreign courts as to the meaning of English law.
He is renowned for his expertise when dealing with cases which have a high technical component in which his scientific qualifications and significant experience shine (see below “Education”).
He has been leading counsel in some of the largest cases in the Commercial Court which have required him to lead teams of juniors preparing for and conducting long and heavy trials (see for example the Borealis cases in “Reported Cases”) and has led junior teams more recently acting for Trafigura companies obtaining orders for the compulsory discharge of oil from a tanker and sale to Japanese receivers with the proceeds of sale paid into the London Commercial Court. Equally, a significant part of his practice involves him acting on his own on less voluminous cases advising in writing or in meetings.
His advocacy has been described variously as “formidable”, “punchy”, “robust” and “assertive” and his written work as “outstanding”.
David is frequently appointed as an Arbitrator (sole and panel) and has published four awards in the last three months. He was appointed a part-time Crown Court Judge (Recorder) in 2005 and is an author and lecturer in law.