Serene Allen > CANDEY > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation: Corporate & Commercial


Serene is a senior solicitor at CANDEY with extensive experience in general commercial litigation, financial services litigation and insolvency-related matters. She acts for a range of clients from private individuals to large multi-national corporates and offers clients practical and commercial advice.  She has acted on a broad range of disputes, across a number of sectors, including breach of warranty claims, shareholder and company-related disputes, civil fraud claims, contractual disputes and complex financial services disputes.  With previous experience of acting for the trustee in bankruptcy of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and the estate of Bernard L. Madoff in the US and companies based in the US, Hong Kong and other countries, Serene is also well accustomed to acting on matters with a cross-border element and with lawyers from other jurisdictions.  Serene has significant experience in running High Court proceedings for a range of clients, from private individuals to large multi-national corporates, and also has experience of arbitration proceedings, particularly under the LCIA Rules.


Trained and qualified (2014) at Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (now part of Dentons UKMEA LLP) (2012-2016); Dentons UKMEA LLP (2016-2018); Browne Jacobson (2018-2020); joined CANDEY in September 2020.


The London School of Economics and Political Science (LLB – 2010); College of Law (LPC – 2012)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

The ‘talented, client-oriented lawyers‘ at boutique firm CANDEY are routinely instructed on heavyweight litigation, particularly in relation to the CIS, the US, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Cyprus; and the team regularly appears inBVI courts and the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, in addition to its High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court work. The practice is co-led by managing partner Ashkhan Candey, a seasoned litigator with an enviable track record in successful court proceedings; and Andrew Dunn, who is an expert in shareholder disputes, company law and insolvency. At senior solicitor level, Serene Allen regularly acts (as lead fee earner) in cases concerning general commercial disputes, financial services litigation, and insolvency-related matters; and Mei Wong‘s experience covers company-related disputes, including minority shareholder and director conflicts. In July 2023, former partner Muhammed Haque KC joined Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Fielding ‘a very knowledgeable and experienced team that can handle complex arbitrations‘, CANDEY is a go-to boutique for arbitration disputes involving clients from the CIS, US, British Virgin Islands, and Cyprus. The team is co-headed by name partner Ashkhan Candey and shareholder disputes expert Andrew DunnJames Collins acts in big-ticket referrals from the CIS; Yuri Botiuk is ‘a very knowledgeable lawyer‘; and James Glaysher specialises in international commercial arbitration. Senior solicitor Serene Allen acts in a range of cases.