Tom Allen KC > Cloth Fair Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cloth Fair Chambers


Tom Allen KC specialises in cases of commercial and business crime and financial regulation. He acts for companies and individuals in domestic and international matters involving allegations of fraud, bribery, corruption, and money laundering.

He also appears in other regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and in matters of sports law.

Consistently praised in the legal directories, he is a notably powerful jury advocate.

Tom also undertakes complex advisory work. He is an innovative strategic thinker with extensive experience of assisting in the early stages of investigation.


Bribery and Corruption

Recent instructions include multiple SFO investigations into cross-jurisdictional bribery and corruption offences.

  • Represented David Lufkin, global head of sales at Petrofac, in connection with bribery allegations relating to the obtaining of contracts worth $8bn and the payment of bribes of over $80m across three jurisdictions.
  • Defended English QC in Trinidad, charged with entering a corrupt agreement with a former Attorney General.
  • Advising a listed company in respect of corporate criminal liability for bribery across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Successfully defended the CEO of Guralp Systems Ltd in respect of bribery allegations relating to business in South Korea.
  • Advising directors about allegations of corruption in connection with numerous SFO investigations, including Rolls Royce PLC.


  • Successfully defended trader alleged to have defrauded Otkritie Bank of $150m.
  • Successfully defended the CEO of an international mining company in SFO proceedings relating to s.2 powers.
  • Instructed in LIBOR and EURIBOR proceedings.
  • Advising directors in connection with fraud allegations by SFO relating to Serco and G4S.
  • Acted in Deripaska v Chernukhin criminal litigation.


  • Advising Premier League football club in connection with an ongoing HMRC investigation into payment of VAT.
  • Instructed to defend in film financing fraud.

Regulatory Matters

  • Recently instructed in Guernsey FSC hearings into a series of collapsed cross-border investment funds.
  • Acted in multiple FRC cases, including acting against PwC (auditors for JP Morgan) for failure to notice the non-segregation of up to $23bn of client funds over a period of seven years.

Disciplinary and Sports

  • Instructed in proceedings brought by British Rowing (Olympic selection) and British Fencing (allegations of racism).
  • Acted in disciplinary proceedings relating to barristers, accountants, solicitors, architects, and surveyors.


Called to the Bar – 1994
QC – 2015 | KC – 2022

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Tom Allen KCCloth Fair ChambersTom does not approach any case from a traditional perspective and this uncommon trait means that he is able to navigate complex cases and evidence with innovation and creativity. Clients love Tom’s passion for the law and their case, both of which he argues giving his full attention and commitment.