Tom Allen QC

Biography

‘One of a young breed of QCs who will rise to the top’… ‘A highly persuasive advocate, with brilliant judgement and a keen intellect’

Tom Allen is a leading silk specializing in commercial and business crime and financial regulatory offences. He acts for corporates and individuals in domestic and international criminal law matters, including bribery, corruption, money laundering and fraud.

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.

Called to the Bar - 1994

Queen's Counsel - 2015

What Others Say

Chambers and Partners

‘Lots of presence and ability…He possesses excellent judgement and great client-care skills’

‘He is able to draw the listener in and interact with clients to get a deeper understanding of the case’

‘Excellent judgement. He gets to grips with the issues rapidly and is brilliant with clients. He’s extremely hard-working and knows his stuff’

Legal 500

‘Extremely hardworking and excellent with clients’

‘Extraordinarily user-friendly’

‘A highly persuasive advocate, with brilliant judgement and a keen intellect’

Recent & Current Cases

In recent years, he has been heavily involved in Dollar LIBOR, EURIBOR and Swiss LIBOR investigations and banking-related frauds, frequently with connections to Russia and the CIS.

  • Advising an individual in relation to the SFO investigation into Rolls Royce PLC
  • R v Gherzi – Defended a former trader at Otkritie bank charged with conspiring to defraud Threadneedle Asset Management of $150m. Acquitted on all counts.
  • Acting for corporate in connection with investigation into multi million-pound fraud on NHS Wales
  • Acting for individual in connection with a local government corruption investigation
  • Regularly instructed to defend in fatal accident cases including offences of gross negligence manslaughter as well as deaths by dangerous or careless driving (including whilst intoxicated through drinks and drugs)
  • Advising Chinese corporate in relation to Bribery Act implications of collaboration agreement with British company
  • Instructed to defend a German national charged in connection with the manipulation of the EURIBOR benchmark rate.
  • Defended a New York Barclays derivatives trader in connection with the manipulation of LIBOR.
  • Instructed to defend in respect of prosecution of £250 million film finance tax avoidance scheme.
  • R v Rumsey – Allegation of share selling (boiler room) fraud involving losses of $100m.
  • Re PWC – Acted for the Accountancy and Actuarial Disciplinary Board in Disciplinary Proceedings against PWC, external auditors to JP Morgan; failure to notice up to $23 Billion of client money unsegregated in accounts. Record fine imposed.
  • Defending in corruption case involving procurement contracts at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Department of Constitutional Affairs.
  • Instructed to defend high net worth individuals from Armenia and Kazakhstan in a series of criminal proceedings.
  • Instructed to represent X, a suspect in the International Criminal Court investigation into the Situation in Darfur, Sudan.
  • R v N [2010] EWCA Crim 2050 : International money laundering involving funds dispersed to or coming from Lebanon, South Africa, Denmark, Zimbabwe and Grenada.
  • R v Eiley, Savery and Polonio [2009] UKPC 40. Privy Council appeal on behalf of three Appellants convicted of murder in Belize. Convictions of all appellants overturned as unsafe.

Education / Experience

Winner: Screen international / Oscar Moore prize. Best Screenplay – 2000

Biography

‘One of a young breed of QCs who will rise to the top’… ‘A highly persuasive advocate, with brilliant judgement and a keen intellect’

Tom Allen is a leading silk specializing in commercial and business crime and financial regulatory offences. He acts for corporates and individuals in domestic and international criminal law matters, including bribery, corruption, money laundering and fraud.

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.

Called to the Bar – 1994

Queen’s Counsel – 2015

Recent & Current Cases

In recent years, he has been heavily involved in Dollar LIBOR, EURIBOR and Swiss LIBOR investigations and banking-related frauds, frequently with connections to Russia and the CIS.

  • Advising an individual in relation to the SFO investigation into Rolls Royce PLC
  • R v Gherzi – Defended a former trader at Otkritie bank charged with conspiring to defraud Threadneedle Asset Management of $150m. Acquitted on all counts.
  • Acting for corporate in connection with investigation into multi million-pound fraud on NHS Wales
  • Acting for individual in connection with a local government corruption investigation
  • Advising Chinese corporate in relation to Bribery Act implications of collaboration agreement with British company
  • Instructed to defend a German national charged in connection with the manipulation of the EURIBOR benchmark rate.
  • Defended a New York Barclays derivatives trader in connection with the manipulation of LIBOR.
  • Instructed to defend in respect of prosecution of £250 million film finance tax avoidance scheme.
  • R v Rumsey – Allegation of share selling (boiler room) fraud involving losses of $100m.
  • Re PWC – Acted for the Accountancy and Actuarial Disciplinary Board in Disciplinary Proceedings against PWC, external auditors to JP Morgan; failure to notice up to $23 Billion of client money unsegregated in accounts. Record fine imposed.
  • Defending in corruption case involving procurement contracts at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Department of Constitutional Affairs.
  • Instructed to defend high net worth individuals from Armenia and Kazakhstan in a series of criminal proceedings.
  • Instructed to represent X, a suspect in the International Criminal Court investigation into the Situation in Darfur, Sudan.
  • R v N [2010] EWCA Crim 2050 : International money laundering involving funds dispersed to or coming from Lebanon, South Africa, Denmark, Zimbabwe and Grenada.
  • R v Eiley, Savery and Polonio [2009] UKPC 40. Privy Council appeal on behalf of three Appellants convicted of murder in Belize. Convictions of all appellants overturned as unsafe.

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