Andrew Allen KC

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Andrew Allen KC has a successful employment and discrimination practice encompassing 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 advised and represented a number of solicitors, barristers and sets of chambers in employment and discrimination complaints.

Andrew has been sitting as a fee paid Employment Judge since 2011. He was assigned as a fee paid Immigration Judge in 2017 and he was appointed as a Recorder in the Crown Court in 2018. Andrew was appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2017.

Andrew is the co-author of 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, Iraq, Syria and Libya. 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.

Notable cases include: Hackney LBC v JC Family Division [2015] EWHC 742 (Fam) and Borg v El-Zubaidy [2017] EWFC 58.


Andrew represents both employers and employees across the full spectrum of employment law issues. He is regularly in the Employment tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

Notable Employment & Discrimination Cases

High Court

Antuzis & Others v DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd & others [2019] EWHC 843 (QB), High Court

A leading authority on the interaction between a Director’s personal liability and his/her duties under the Companies Act 2006

Grainger v North East London NHS Foundation Trust [2017] I.R.L.R. 981, High Court

Interpretation of NHS contracts

Court of Appeal

Ishola v Transport for London [2020] EWCA Civ 112

Jesudason v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWCA Civ 73

The Mayor & Burgesses of the London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo [2019] EWCA Civ 322

Ahir v British Airways Plc [2017] EWCA Civ 1392

Strike out of discrimination claims

Deakin v Kuehne & Nagel Drinks Logistics Ltd [2012] I.R.L.R. 513, Court of Appeal

Working time, interpretation of contracts

Dynamex Friction Ltd v Amicus [2009] ICR 511, Court of Appeal

Circumvention of TUPE, administrator as unwitting tool

Employment Appeal Tribunal

Park Chinois Limited v Ozkara & others [2019] UKEAT 0224/18/DA, EAT

Canning v National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [2019] UKEAT/0241/18, EAT

Lofty v Hamis [2018] IRLR 512, EAT

Definition of cancer for the purposes of disability discrimination

Kansal v Tullett Prebon UKEAT/0147/16/DM, EAT

Race discrimination – drawing of inferences

Gareddu v London Underground Ltd [2017] IRLR 404, EAT

Indirect religious discrimination – manifestation of belief

Rowe v London Underground Ltd UKEAT/0125/16/JOJ, EAT

Whether injury to feelings must be awarded as a remedy in health safety cases

Lamb v The Business Academy Bexley UKEAT/0226/15/JOJ, EAT

Disability discrimination – reasonable adjustments

Kibirango v Barclays Bank Plc UKEAT/0234/14/JOJ, EAT

Direct race discrimination – adequacy of reasons

Higgins v Home Office [2015] I.C.R. D19, EAT

Time limits, early rejection of claim forms

Mihaj v Sodexho Ltd [2014] I.C.R. D25, EAT

Interim relief, trade union activities

Meter U Ltd v Ackroyd [2012] I.C.R. 834, EAT

TUPE – sham transactions

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Browne [2012] Eq. L.R. 318, EAT

Race discrimination – construction of a hypothetical comparator

Kimberley Group Housing v Hambley [2008] ICR 1030, EAT

TUPE, multiple respondents and apportionment of liabilities

Robinson v Tescom Corporation [2008] IRLR 408, EAT

Unfair dismissal – amendment to terms and conditions

Draper v Mears [2006] IRLR 869, EAT

Unfair dismissal – sufficiency of reasons

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“He is a highly capable advocate with excellent client-handling skills.”

Employment, Chambers and Partners

"Very personable, able to address complex issues in a manner that lay clients can understand, excellent attention to detail, and a sensible, probing approach to cross-examination. His legal argument is sound and very persuasive, and he shows great initiative."

Employment, Legal 500 2023

"He has a real skill of gently cross-examining and using that to get results by beguiling people into a false sense of security."

Employment, Chambers & Partners 2022

"He is all over the detail, he cross-examines skilfully, he is well prepared, he is calm, he writes well and he is an effective advocate."

Employment, Chambers & Partners 2022

"Andrew is all over the detail and his cross-examination skilfully draws out major inconsistencies in the witnesses' evidence. His lay clients are vastly reassured by Andrew’s vast experience and his valuable insight from his perspective as a sitting employment judge."

Employment, Legal 500 2022

"He is a force to be reckoned with and an absolutely fantastic advocate."

Employment, Chambers & Partners 2021

"He has excellent client care skills and is incredibly intelligent."

Employment, Chambers & Partners 2021

"Calm, authoritative, cuts to the chase, excellent on technical detail, and very client friendly."

Employment, Legal 500 2021

"Incredibly bright, really astute and gives good legal and practical advice."

Employment, Chambers & Partners 2020

"A wonderfully charming advocate who is a pleasure to work with."

Employment, Chambers & Partners 2020

"A most impressive, elegant and formidable opponent."

Employment, Legal 500 2020

"A skilled and charming barrister who remains undeterred by any obstacles he may encounter in court."

Employment, Chambers & Partners 2019

"He is vastly experienced and inspires complete confidence."

Employment, Legal 500 2019

“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

"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

"Excellent lawyer, very amiable and approachable but also very professional and to the point."

Employment, Chambers & Partners 2010

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