"pragmatic, helpful and responsive." He is frequently sought out to act on big-league matters.
Chambers UK 2016
David Allen is head of Litigation in London. He focuses on the handling of substantial commercial disputes.
David has particular experience in banking and insolvency litigation, including several high-profile insolvency proceedings.
Consistently recommended by the legal directories, David is described as "professional and extremely capable" (Chambers & Partners 2005
) and someone who "understands the big picture" (Chamber & Partners Directory 2006
), David has also won acclaim from clients as a lawyer who is "responsive, available and calm under pressure" (Chamber & Partners Directory 2006
). He is praised for his "absolutely superb client management skills" says Chambers & Partners UK Directory 2009
"He's utterly reliable and good at getting contracts through on time" report clients. He has a fine reputation heading up the "good value" team, which is "excellent at liaising with the other side in a diplomatic manner in order not to up the antagonism" (Legal 500, 2009).
edition notes David for his "strong legal mind with commercial awareness". Chambers UK 2010
recommends David for his efficiency, calmness and "excellent interpersonal skills" and the 2011
edition notes that he "works effectively and pragmatically, and can drill down to the key issues very quickly." He is "incredibly good" and "provides excellent practical advice" notes the 2012
edition. He displays "good tactical judgement" (Legal 500 2012).
Sources praise David as "responsive, quick on the uptake and quick to action things." They further admire his ability to manage cases efficiently: "He stays involved in the matter but doesn't over-commit time-wise." He is "commercially aware and proactive" and "brings an ability to put together and work with a team. He is very good at client management." One interviewee describes David as "ferociously intelligent and extremely practical." (Chambers UK 2014).