David Allen QC is a leading commercial lawyer in high demand for his well respected court, arbitration and advisory practice.

He is described in the independent legal directories as “a truly brilliant, top quality, heavyweight commercial silk” and an “extraordinarily excellent advocate”.  David is “widely respected for his capabilities in all manner of commercial disputes”, he “exudes confidence” and is “very user friendly.

As a go-to advocate instructed in highly complex commercial cases, he is “spectacular to watch on his feet”, “very engaging, very influential and highly persuasive.” In court and arbitration he is said to be “hardcore and in control“, “a real streetfighter and the barrister you want on your side against a difficult opponent.” He is a “fearless” and “great” cross-examiner, “punchy, robust and assertive” when needs be, someone who tribunals find “engaging and interesting.

In addition to his “formidable advocacy”, he is “regularly sought out for his quick, clear and thoughtful advice”. He is “very bright” and “a real expert when it comes to complex legal issues.”  He is an acclaimed strategist “a breath of fresh air” described as a “one-off who can find and shoot the silver bullet.

David is “very well prepared, very committed to his clients and exactly what you want.” He takes pride in devoting himself completely to his client’s cause and is praised for being “committed 110% to every case he is on

He has “a great rapport with his clients” being “one of the few top-quality commercial Silks who truly understands his clients’ businesses.

David is a quadruple graduate, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an author with Professor Dignam of a leading company law textbook and a multiple academic and advocacy prize winner. He was formerly for over 10 years a Recorder (part-time Judge) of the Crown Court and for over 20 years has accepted numerous appointments to sit as a sole and panel arbitrator. David is Honorary Professor of Law, Queen Mary University of London. It is said that his science qualifications and experience are “a bonus offering extra value” in many highly technical commercial cases he is instructed on.

David provides talks on a wide range of commercial law matters, recently invited by the Bar Council and Law Society to speak to international lawyers in Mexico City on cross-border disputes, cross-border fraud, and ethics in commercial arbitration. Domestically, he has lectured most recently on trial advocacy and strategy in commercial litigation.