Allen Worwood

Allen joined Becket Chambers in February 2021. He 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.

Allen’s family law practice covers 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 represents clients at all stages throughout proceedings.

Allen also advises and represents clients 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 a busy and varied paperwork practice, drafting pleadings and advices across a wide range of civil law and family law matters.

Before joining the Bar, 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 diverse professional background has allowed him to develop well-rounded advocacy skills, client care expertise, and a strong sense of commercial awareness which he utilises in his practice.

He is experienced at representing clients who are particularly vulnerable, due to mental health issues, alcohol or drug abuse or educational challenges. He is also experienced in working with clients whose first language is not English and/or where the services of an interpreter or translator are required.

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Allen is regularly instructed in all aspects of private law proceedings. He approaches cases with the best interests of the child at heart, and his naturally calm and reassuring personality helps his clients to take a balanced view of their situation. He encourages people to resolve matters where possible, being sensitive to the fact that decisions will be made which everyone involved needs to be able to live with.

Where court representation is needed, Allen is a strong, natural advocate.

He acts for parents in matters including issues of jurisidiction, residence, and in matters concerning internal or external relocation. He also acts where there are allegations of domestic violence, and physical, psychological or sexual abuse.

He has also acted for parents in cases where there are allegations of honour-based violence, and he is sensitive to situations involving cultural differences.

Allen will act at all stages from early instruction to fact-finding hearings to completion of matters at a final hearing.

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Allen Worwood's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“I am very pleased with the service from chambers and Allen on this case. It is a particularly challenging case and Allen has been excellent throughout, both in preparing for hearings and his grasp of the case and always available to discuss matters outside of court. The client is also extremely positive about Allen as well.”

Mr B from solicitors instructing Allen Worwood – May 23

Public Law Children

Allen is building a busy practice in care matters. He has acted for Local Authorities as well as for parents, so understands the process and priorities from both sides of a case, and welcomes instruction across any aspect of public children law.

He acts for parents in matters including cases involving alcohol and drug misuse, chronic neglect, complex medical issues and allegations of sexual abuse.

Allen Worwood's Testimonials for Public Law Children

Mr. Worwood was recently instructed by myself and I was extremely satisfied with the service that my Client and I received. Mr. Worwood was extremely helpful and available to discuss matters. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.

Solicitors Instructing Allen Worwood in Care Proceedings – May 2022

Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

Allen is regularly instructed to deal with financial provision cases following divorce, and matters involving TOLATA.

He has experience of cases involving varied pension portfolios, companies, disputes over inherited or pre-acquired wealth, and cases involving assets acquired from third parties. His analytical mind is ideally suited to cases where there are complex assets involved, and he also has experience of working with cases limited to need, where he focusses on finding a workable solution for both parties.

His approach is patient and collaborative, and he seeks to encourage his clients to settle where appropriate, and avoid further hearings and additional court expenses where possible.

Allen is sensitive to the challenging emotions which these cases often involve. His clients describe him as easy to talk to, and he uses his naturally calm and reassuring manner to help them to see past the difficult emotional aspects of their situation and to reach agreement whenever possible.

Allen Worwood's Testimonials for Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

Property & Land Law

Allen has a particular interest in residential property matters and welcomes instructions from both private landlords and local authorities for possession of residential properties. He provides advice and representation on matters involving disrepair and anti-social behaviour.

Allen also provides advice and representation in neighbour disputes – including disputes over boundaries – and will deal with applications for civil injunctions where necessary; for example, in cases of harassment.

He is acutely aware of how neighbour disputes can escalate, and the strong emotions which often arise. Whilst offering strong advocacy where a case requires it, he encourages his clients to take a step back and attempt to resolve matters before they reach court – reminding them that they will need to be able to live with the outcome (and in the vicinity of their neighbours).

Allen would encourage clients to seek advice as early as possible in a dispute, before matters escalate. He offers an initial short conference in which he will provide a realistic view of the merits of a case at any stage and offer an honest viewpoint as to the likelihood of success.

He can provide advice at any stage and acts at all stages of proceedings.

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A Sorry State of Housing Affairs: Housing Disrepair Claims Part 1

Summary In the first of two articles, I will provide a quick guide to housing disrepair claims where remedies of damages and/or specific performance are sought. Compensation or injury? It should be noted that claims primarily seeking compensation or specific performance against a landlord regarding disrepair to the structure, exterior, or specific installations of a Continue reading

Allen Worwood's Testimonials for Property & Land Law

“I have only praise for Mr Worwood. He received the brief late and did an exemplary job. He was also diligent, good with the clients and accommodating of a request for a pre-hearing con with the clients technically outside his brief. His attendance note was very thorough…”

Mr S from Solicitors Instructing Allen Worwood – November 20

Personal Injury

Allen represents clients in a variety of personal injury matters, advising on liability, evidence and quantum, for claimants and defendants.

He has appeared for clients in contested road traffic accident claims, occupier and employer liability claims, as well as acting in matters involving issues of fundamental dishonesty.

He will provide court representation and paperwork, and is adept at reviewing expert reports and drafting skeleton arguments and pleadings. His combination of a calm, reassuring manner in court and close attention to detail instils confidence in his clients.

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Default Judgment and Denton revisited

FXF v 1) English Karate Federation Limited & 2) The Ishinryu Karate Association [2023] EWCA Civ 891 has provided clarification on applications for relief from sanctions in respect of setting aside default judgment. Background and Chronology  The claimant had sought damages for personal injury for alleged serious sexual abuse by her karate coach between 2008 Continue reading

Employers’ Liability – A Starting Point

This article provides a brief introduction to the concept of employers’ liability and considerations for claims against employers for injuries suffered at work. The Duties of the Employer An employer has a duty to take reasonable care of the health and safety of their employees in the course of their employment. The scope of this Continue reading

Contract and Commercial

Allen is regularly instructed on contractual and commercial matters.

He is happy to advise on the merits of litigation at an early stage and recommends speaking to a barrister as early as possible in order to achieve early settlement of issues and avoid protracted litigation.

He acts in a range of matters including:

  • Interpretation, breach or termination of contracts
  • claims for damages