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David Allen QC
Barrister specialising in all aspects of commercial law, including insurance, reinsurance, sale of goods, carriage of goods, banking, energy; professional negligence. Sample cases: Jones v Congregational and General Insurance  (insurance fraud, construction Access to Justice Act 1999); Nippon Yusen Kubishiki Kaisha v Golden Strait Corporation  (charterparty construction); Neo Investments v Cargil  (practice); John v Wyeth v Cigna  (New York law insurance); Glencore v Metro Trading  (jurisdiction); Skandra v Thames Water  (statutory tort); Yukong v Rendsburg  (piercing the corporate veil); Hewett & Co v Sinclair Roche & Temperley  (solicitors’ undertaking).
Qualified 1990; publications: ‘Company Law and the Human Rights Act 1998’ (Butterworths 2000).
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
BSc; LLB; LLM; FRICS; MCIArb.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2
7 King’s Bench Walk is an ‘excellent set‘ where the ‘overwhelming majority of barristers are of an impressive standard and very helpful and responsive‘, with the ‘quality apparent throughout both silks and juniors‘. In addition to the set’s core strengths of insurance and shipping, the set’s members are regularly sought for major commercial and fraud cases. Several leading silks and juniors were involved in the FCA Business Interruption Test case concerning if policies cover government-mandated closures citing Covid-19, with Gavin Kealey QC, Jonathan Gaisman QC and Josephine Higgs a small selection of those involved for various interested parties. Other notable cases include PDVSA Servicios SA v PetroSaudi Oil Services in which David Allen QC and Michael Ryan are representing PetroSaudi, an attempt to use funds held by Clyde & Co, but argued to be the proceeds of the 1MDB fraud, to satisfy an arbitral award.
7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a really good set with several top notch practitioners‘ who are rapidly building a strong presence in the civil fraud space. Silks such as David Allen QC are especially active in this area, as demonstrated by his role on PDVSA Servicios SA v Petrosaudi Oil Services in which he is leading Michael Ryan in the defence of PetroSaudi – a case concerning the enforcement of an arbitration award, where it is alleged that funds earmarked to pay it are proceeds of the 1MDB fraud. Another highlight was the Brilliante Virtuoso case, a shipping insurance claim involving allegations of a fake Somali pirate attack, in which Jonathan Gaisman QC , Richard Waller QC and Keir Howie represented the insurers.
7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘strong in major commercial disputes’, making it ‘a destination chambers, providing excellent quality barristers across key work areas including shipping, commodities, general commercial litigation and international arbitration’. The set approaches energy cases principally from the perspective of insurance and shipping, which has seen it involved in high-profile matters such as the high-value PetroSaudi v PDVSA energy arbitration, in which Jonathan Gaisman QC, David Allen QC, Simon Kerr, Jason Robinson and Michael Ryan were instructed for PetroSaudi. Alistair Schaff QC is another key member involved in energy matters, bringing his extensive experience in international commercial law to bear on, among others, a case for SBM Offshore involving damage to the legs and topside of a North Sea rig.