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Andrew Allen QC

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Andrew Allen QC 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.

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, 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.

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

Appointments & Memberships

  • Industrial Law Society
  • Fee Paid Employment Judge
  • Recorder
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Industrial Law Society

Andrew Allen QC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


“He has excellent client care skills and is incredibly intelligent.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2021

“He is a force to be reckoned with and an absolutely fantastic advocate.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2021

“Calm, authoritative, cuts to the chase, excellent on technical detail, and very client friendly.” Employment, Legal 500 2021

“A most impressive, elegant and formidable opponent.” Employment, Legal 500 2020

“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 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

“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




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