Allen joined Becket Chambers in February 2021 following the successful completion of his pupillage. Allen is developing a broad practice across the full spectrum of Chambers’ expertise and is happy to be instructed for representation and paperwork in all areas of family law and general civil law.
During pupillage, Allen’s family law practice covered public and private children cases and proceedings for financial remedies, as well as applications under the Family Law Act 1996 for occupation and non-molestation orders. He represented clients throughout proceedings, including at final hearings.
Allen has also gained experience across all of Chambers’ core civil law areas, appearing in court in small claim and fast track matters, stage 3 claims and disposal hearings, and interim applications for Claimants and Defendants.
Alongside his court work, Allen has begun to build a busy and varied paperwork practice, drafting pleadings and advices across a wide range of civil law and family law matters.
Before switching to a career at the Bar and joining Becket Chambers, Allen was a strategic consultant specialising in branding projects with government, corporate, and third sector clients across multiple industries.
He worked with and advised high-level stakeholders and clients alongside coordinating multi-disciplinary teams, often managing projects and presenting company initiatives and proposals to clients. Allen’s previous projects have covered PR and crisis management, brand incubation, positioning and development remits, and legal and market research.
Having studied law whilst writing his dissertation on the EU and UK asylum systems, Allen discovered his passion for advocacy and was first motivated to pursue a career at the Bar after spending time advising and representing clients in the social security system, with a decisive moment being winning a case for a client in front of a First-Tier Tribunal. He has pursued his passion for voluntary and pro bono work through volunteering for several organisations, and as a result is confident in and enjoys representing clients in a range of challenging circumstances.
Allen’s diverse professional background has allowed him to develop well-rounded advocacy skills, client care expertise, and a strong sense of commercial awareness which he is keen to utilise in his practice.