Allan joined chambers following the successful completion of his pupillage, and is developing a broad practice in line with chambers’ core areas of practice. Allan is instructed in a number of high-profile and high-value cases. Recent and current instructions include:
Allan has been instructed in a number of both public and private law matters spanning a number of sectors, including telecoms, transport, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, commodities, energy, aviation, and financial markets. Allan’s practice in both public and private law is highly international, with his cases often raising issues of foreign, EU and public international law. Allan’s practice spans across multiple jurisdictions, including the MENA region, Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the EU, Latin America, and Africa. He has appeared in a number of domestic and international fora, both arbitral tribunals, as well as domestic and foreign courts.
Allan graduated with a First Class degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, where he finished 7th in a year of 210 and won the prizes in Constitutional, EU, and EU Environmental (scoring the highest mark in the Faculty’s history). He was later awarded the Frank Knox Fellowship to study for an LLM at Harvard Law School, where he won the Dean’s Scholar Prize in a number of subjects, including for his paper “Markets, Hegemony and Dominance: Dismantling the Cabal with Antitrust”. Prior to pupillage, Allan worked for a number of legal NGOs and other agencies on a range of issues, including the prevention of torture, refugee protection, forced marriage, modern slavery, the laws of criminal evidence in the Middle East, the rights of disabled people under international law, employment rights, and environmental protection.
Allan has a busy arbitration practice in investment and commercial arbitration. He has experience well beyond his year of call; for example, he cross-examined a number of key factual witnesses over two days before the ICSID tribunal in a high-profile investor-state dispute.
- Acted for the investor in Jochem Barnard Buse v Republic of Panama
- Advised on a potential claim under the Energy Charter Treaty
- Advised an overseas government on a number of matters arising under a Bilateral Investment Treaty
- Allan has taught investment treaty arbitration at Science Po, and has delivered a guest lecture on the subject at Harvard Law School.
- Acting for parties in relation to the challenge to the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal under a.67 of the Arbitration Act
- Acting for a party seeking to resist the enforcement of a foreign award in England
- Advising on jurisdiction and choice of law issues arising out of the Supreme Court judgment in Enka v Chubb
- Advising on the enforcement of awards under the New York Convention
Public international law/investment arbitration: Allan has significant advocacy experience in this area beyond his years of call, having cross-examined over two days in an ICSID case.
His experience includes:
Allan accepts instructions in all of chambers’ areas of commercial practice. Allan’s general commercial practice is highly varied, with particular experience in company law (including shareholders’ disputes and claims against directors), insolvency, insurance, and intellectual property. He has experience in a number of sectors, including telecoms, transport, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, commodities, energy, aviation, and financial markets.
Allan’s experience includes:
Allan has a busy sanctions litigation and advisory practice. He has advised on UK and EU sanctions issues in a number of sectors, including technologies, banking, energy, insurance, shipping, real estate, transport, and defence. He has advised and acted in cases concerning list-based sanctions, sectoral sanctions, export controls, and the Blocking Regulation. Recent and current instructions include:
Allan has a busy competition practice, and is instructed in some of the biggest competition damages cases of the day. This includes collective proceedings (both follow-on and standalone), as well as claims in the High Court. He also has a busy advisory practice in which he advises on substantive competition law/state aid issues, including on potential standalone claims; one such potential claims being against Microsoft.
Allan’s experience includes:
Allan’s public law practice builds on his experience working with NGOs and other agencies on a range of human rights issues before coming to the Bar. Allan has experience relating to a number of regulatory bodies, including the Financial Conduct Authority, Ofcom, and the Advertising Standards Authority. Allan has advised a number of individuals and governments on human rights, discrimination, EU, and public international law issues. Allan is also at home with judicial reviews, including financial regulation and COVID-related judicial reviews.
Allan’s experience includes:
Allan has particular experience in EU cases relating to sanctions (including the Blocking Regulation), telecoms, medical licenses, and EU competition law. Allan has also presented on Retained EU Law at various conferences.
Allan's experience on EU law cases and matters includes:
Harvard Law School, LLM, Frank Knox Fellow – Dean’s Scholar Prize in multiple subjects, including for his paper “Markets, Hegemony and Dominance: Dismantling the Cabal with Antitrust”
University of Cambridge, Law (First Class), 7th in year, with prizes in three papers: Constitutional, EU law, and EU Environmental Law (scoring the highest mark in the Faculty’s history in the latter)
PRIZES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
University of Cambridge
Harvard Law School
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Bar European Group
Arabic - fluent
German - basic