Julian Allsop > Chambers of Anna Vigars KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers

Work Department

Employment and discrimination; construction.


Julian has a specialist employment practice which covers all aspects of the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal jurisdiction and employment and discrimination claims in the High Court. He is a highly skilled, authoritative and pragmatic employment law practitioner with a largely respondent-based practice. In addition to private sector businesses, his respondent clients include housing associations, local authorities, NHS trusts and schools. He also represents government departments such as the MOD, MOJ and DWP in employment and discrimination matters. He has the expertise (and security clearance) to act in cases that involve material and subject matter that would attract the operation of Rule 94. In addition to his employment practice, Julian has a niche specialist construction practice and has considerable experience in the litigation arising out a variety of projects, from domestic building claims to commercial construction disputes in an industrial setting. Julian is a qualified mediator and adjudicator.


Called 1999, Lincoln’s Inn; Bar Council list of barrister mediators; TECBAR Mediator Panel; Junior Counsel to the Crown, regional panel; visiting lecturer on the BVC, Western and Wales (UWE).


Technology and Construction Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Industrial Law Society.


King’s College London (LLB (Hons)); University of Bristol (LLM Commercial Law).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Julian AllsopGuildhall ChambersJulian is a very good strategist, who grasps the key issues very quickly. A very user friendly barrister.’

Guildhall Chambers attracts praise for its ‘significant expertise and depth in property disputes‘. Jay Jagasia heads the set’s property and estates team, and regularly represents claimants and defendants in a range of contentious work, including adverse possession, landlord and tenant and boundary disputes. Recent highlights include Oliver Mitchell acting as junior counsel before the Court of Appeal in Promontoria (Oak) Limited v Emanuel, concerning combined appeals arising from long-running litigation involving redacted documents of title. William Batstone is sought after for his established expertise in handling agricultural and rural property disputes, and Julian Allsop is a key name for construction law. In 2021 Ewan Paton was appointed a Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal; Matthew Wales was appointed to the district bench; and Brittany Pearce moved to St John’s Chambers.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Julian AllsopGuildhall ChambersAn unflappable, pragmatic and versatile barrister. He enjoys a technical challenge. He provides clear and commercial advice on technical matters, and gives clients the confidence that the issues have been fully understood.’

Guildhall Chambers is ‘an excellent chambers with exceptional employment barristers‘ – ‘the best set for employment law in the South West‘, according to instructing solicitors. Julian Allsop , who heads up the practice, is ‘a calm and confident advocate‘, and has an excellent track record in appearing before the Employment Tribunal in complex cases involving whistleblowing and disability and maternity discrimination claims. Douglas Leach has an ‘impressive analytical ability when assessing cases‘ and Debbie Grennan is ‘an exceptional advocate‘. Allan Roberts is sought after for his expertise in whistleblowing, TUPE and discrimination cases. In recent instructions for the group, Geraint Probert represented the claimant before the Appeal Tribunal in a case involving the issue of whether a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome is considered a disability under the statutory definition.