Practice Profile

"Particularly recommended for settlement negotiations"

Legal 500 UK Bar 2018


"A very personable barrister"

Legal 500 UK Bar 2018




Doug Allen is a highly accomplished junior, well known for his straightforward, discreet and compassionate approach, as well as his ability to establish trust and rapport with his clients. He is a tough negotiator and strong advocate, particularly in cross examination.


Doug specialises in divorce and breakdown of family relationships, including:


-       Divorce and partnership dissolution,

-       Financial remedy and child provision,

-       Claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.


He is regularly instructed in cases involving substantial assets and complex issues.


In addition to his relationship dissolution/financial practice, Doug regularly acts in private law children disputes, particularly those of an intractable or sensitive nature.


Doug also has extensive experience at all stages of care and adoption proceedings acting on behalf of children, local authorities, parents and other family members.


Until 2002, Doug mainly practiced in the criminal law field, prosecuting and defending.


Doug is qualified to accept instructions under the Bar Council Public Access to Barristers Scheme. 




Most recent reported cases:





Doug writes the Private Law Update for the Family Law journal.


He also co-wrote the family law pensions sections in Thomson Reuters Practical Law.





He read history at Birmingham University, graduating with First Class Honours. He was a Thomas More and Hardwicke Scholars at Lincoln’s Inn and an Inner Temple Pegasus Scholar.


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