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Scott Allen

Call: 2000


Recognised for being "completely on top of absolutely everything", "very bright, sensible and accessible" (Chambers & Partners, 2016), Scott acts for claimants and defendants, and is known for the strength of his solicitors' and surveyors' negligence practice.” "He is a talented advocate who has a nice, concise way of expressing himself in clear and understandable language." "Very approachable and absolutely sound on all aspects" (Chambers and Partners, 2015). “Personable, easy to engage with, perceptive and very bright” who "delivers quick response times, is very measured and gives clear advice that clients can easily digest"  (Legal 500, 2015). His "'sharp intellect and well thought-through opinions' have made him a junior of choice on a range of professional negligence claims" (Chambers and Partners, 2013). Scott is a recommended junior in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for professional liability claims. He is committed to providing practical, commercial advice and advocacy of the highest quality, complemented by an approachable and client-friendly service. Scott is instructed regularly in professional liability work involving solicitors, barristers, accountants/auditors, surveyors/valuers (including rights to light surveyors), insurance brokers, independent financial advisers, and administrative receivers, acting for claimants as well as defendants. The current economic climate has seen Scott develop a particular specialism in claims involving administrative receivers (e.g. Bell v Long & PKF [2008] EWHC 1273 Ch, [2008] 2 BCLC 706), as well as in claims brought by lenders against solicitors and surveyors.

In addition to his professional indemnity work, Scott is also instructed in specialist insurance disputes including policy wording/coverage issues and allegedly fraudulent insurance claims. Scott is also instructed in Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings, advising or appearing in proceedings involving the Accountant’s Joint Disciplinary Scheme, the Council of Licensed Conveyancers Disciplinary Committee and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Scott has recently been able to combine his work with his love of all things involving sport, and to represent the Motor Sports Association successfully in Motor Sports Council Investigatory Tribunal proceedings against Mitsubishi Motors UK.

Scott advises and appears in construction disputes (including Party Wall Act proceedings), appearing frequently in the Technology and Construction Court in construction litigation, as well as advising and appearing in arbitration and adjudication of construction disputes.

Scott also has a considerable Chancery-based practice involving partnership disputes, international trust disputes (Cayman Islands), declarations of beneficial interest in property, general banking and mortgage work, and applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

At least half of Scott’s practice is however general commercial litigation, with a particular focus on telecommunications and information technology disputes. Scott frequently appears for telecommunications providers, and is presently involved in a multi-million pound recovery action involving a wavelength capacity agreement and indefeasible rights of use. Scott has undertaken some energy work, and appeared successfully in a major commercial court trial (Dalkia v Cetech [2006] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 599) involving a complex contractual dispute in relation to an electricity generating turbine.

Scott’s commercial work has seen him advise on pre-action and third-party disclosure applications, and successfully obtain orders pursuant to the Norwich Pharmacal jurisdiction against third parties.


B.A. (Oxon.)