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Andrew Allen’s employment and discrimination practice encompasses TUPE, contractual disputes, discrimination – including within partnerships, equal pay, restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal, redundancy, working time, minimum wage, breach of contract, parental and carer’s rights, remuneration and bonuses. He has significant experience of professional negligence claims relating to providers of legal services, trade unions and other employment advisers.
Andrew appears in employment, discrimination and other civil matters in the ET, EAT, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal as well as in internal and professional disciplinary and regulatory disputes. He has appeared in the employment tribunals in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
His clients include national and international corporations, Transport for London, various NHS Trusts, Housing Associations and private individuals.
Andrew has been sitting as a fee paid Employment Judge since 2011.
He is co-author: Employment Law and the Human Rights Act 1998; and writes the chapters on Qualification and Compensation for Unfair Dismissal in Tolley’s Employment Law Loose-leaf.
Expert Witness in Islamic & Middle Eastern Law
Andrew has advised as an expert witness in the courts of England and Wales in a number of cases involving the laws of Pakistan, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Morocco, Tunisia, Iran, and Iraq. The subject matters ranged from laws regulating banking in Islam to questions relating to adoption, abortion, marriage, divorce, and inheritance.
Andrew has an LLM in Islamic and Middle Eastern Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and was Deputy Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at the University of London 1996-1999.
See Hackney LBC v JC Family Division  EWHC 742 (Fam).
Andrew is a senior legal consultant at MEI Law (Lebanon) and is registered at the Dubai International Financial Centre Court.
Appointments & Memberships
- Employment Law Bar Association
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Discrimination Law Association
- Industrial Law Society
Areas of Law
“An excellent barrister. He’s good with clients, calm, thorough, and he has excellent legal knowledge.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018
“Easy to deal with and good with clients. He has an effective advocacy style.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018
“He is experienced and measured, and engages well with clients.” Employment, Legal 500 2017
“He is vastly experienced, immediately identifies the core issues in a case and is able to inspire complete confidence in both solicitors and the lay client.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“His directness is refreshing; he will answer your question and nothing in what he says is unnecessary.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He really impresses with his command of the facts and law.” Employment, Legal 500 2016
“A brilliant employment senior-junior.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is excellent, very sensible and has a good sense of humour.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2015
“He is incisive and measured, and gets on top of the brief quickly.” Employment, Legal 500 2015
“He has strong interpersonal skills, and is one of the most client-centric barristers I’ve come across.” “He is precise, goes to the right level of detail and gives sound commercial advice.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2014
“Always a pleasure to work with.” Employment, Legal 500 2014
Andrew Allen “quickly gets to grips with factually and legally complex issues in cases.” Employment, Legal 500 2013
“Excellent lawyer, very amiable and approachable but also very professional and to the point.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2010
“I have the highest regard for Andrew Allen’s legal knowledge and skills. He has an excellent rapport with clients, a good knowledge of the law and a very practical and helpful approach to working with solicitors and their clients. Andrew goes, where necessary, well beyond what other counsel are willing to do, often working out of hours, in pressured situations. His advocacy is of the highest standard.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2010