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Andrew Allen Is Formally Named Queen’s Counsel

Outer Temple Chambers is very proud of Andrew Allen who is formally sworn in today as a member of Queen’s Counsel at the QC Appointment Ceremony 2020.


Some of the finest legal minds awoke today eagerly anticipating the QC Appointment Ceremony that will formally give them silk status, including Outer Temple’s Andrew Allen.

Whilst the celebrations have understandably been scaled down, we are giving Andrew a virtual celebration to recognise his achievement and will get together to raise a glass as soon as we can.

Silks Day

The 2020 QC Appointment Ceremony, colloquially known as ‘Silks Day’, is the culmination of a rigorous application process to demonstrate excellence in advocacy in the higher courts. It is made to advocates who have rights of audience in the higher courts of England and Wales and have demonstrated the excellence in:

  • Understanding and using the law
  • Written and oral advocacy
  • Working with others
  • Diversity
  • Integrity

These appointments are made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC, MP, following consideration by the independent Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel.

After the results were announced in January, the successful barristers were invited to a ceremony at Westminster Hall on Monday 16 March 2020. Presided over by the Lord Chancellor, Andrew Allen and his counterparts have now been sworn in and formally given the title of QC.

About Andrew Allen QC

Andrew has been practicing for 25 years, specialising in Employment and Discrimination Law. He is regularly instructed by claimants, respondents and defendants in matters concerning TUPE, contractual disputes, discrimination – including within partnerships, equal pay, restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal, redundancy, working time, minimum wage, breach of contract, parental and carers’ rights, remuneration and bonuses. He is also one of the few UK-based experts in Islamic and Middle Eastern Law.

Andrew’s application detailed a number of landmark cases including:

Practice Director Nick Levett commented: “Today is a reflection of Andrew’s achievements over recent years and his rise as one of the leading Juniors at the Employment Bar. His elevation continues a trend of outstanding achievements for Outer Temple, in which we have been recognised as ‘Employment Set of the Year’ by Chambers UK and seen Andrew Short QC awarded ‘Employment Silk of the Year’ by the Legal 500. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all solicitors and legal professionals who have both supported and provided opportunities for Andrew Allen and Outer Temple Chambers in the journey toward this achievement.”

Andrew’s appointment increases the number of Silks practicing at Outer Temple to 26.

Contact Andrew Allen QC 

Outer Temple Chambers have postponed a celebratory get together for now but will ensure that we raise a glass to Andrew soon. In the meantime, to find out more about the newly titled Andrew Allen QC please click here or contact Nick Levett on 44 (0)20 7427 4908.

News 16 Mar, 2020


Andrew Allen QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2020

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