Barrister

Keith Allen

Year of call 2017

Crime

Practice Summary

Keith began his career as a criminal defence solicitor in 2004, obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2011 and was called to the bar in 2017.

Since qualification as a solicitor Keith has regularly conducted trials in the Magistrates’ Court and the Youth Court and since qualifying as a Higher Rights of Audience has gained experience in the full range of work before the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal.

The trials that Keith has conducted at Crown Court have included dealing with Section 28 witnesses, special measures, points of law in respect of both the admissibility of evidence and elements of the offence. They have ranged from offences of affray and assault (up to GBH with intent) to arson, reckless and armed robbery.

Keith has considerable experience in representing defendants with mental health issues both in trial and for the purposes of sentence.

Keith has appeared as advocate for defendants across the full spectrum of criminal offending including as a led junior in a murder case and a sentencing exercise for an attempted murder.

Keith has experience in the Crown Court acting on behalf of DVSA (considerably more in the Magistrates’ Court). On occasions he has appeared before the Traffic Commissioner on behalf of both the individual and DVSA.  On one occasion he has appeared on behalf of the Respondent DVSA before the Administrative Court.

Areas of Expertise

  • Murder, manslaughter and other violent crime
  • Drugs Offences
  • Sexual Offences
  • Conspiracy to commit Armed Robberies
  • Kidnap
  • Complex Fraud matters