Keith Allen

Call: 2017


T: 01274 722560

Deputy District Judge 
Mental Health Tribunal Judge

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Practice Overview

Keith was called to the Bar in 2017 after initially qualifying as a solicitor in 2004 and then a solicitor advocate in 2011.  Keith has regularly appeared on behalf of defendants at the Crown Court since 2011.

Keith is a barrister specialising in cases that require expert advocacy skills. He has experience in sexual offences, drug trafficking and violent crime, successfully defending a range of clients.

Fully IT literate, Keith has considerable experience in dealing with cases where significant parts of the evidence are recovered from computer equipment or the internet using forensic techniques. Keith has experience in dealing with cases involving young defendants and witnesses and has dealt with several cases under the Section 28 protocol for pre-recorded cross-examination.

Keith is also experienced in dealing with a defendant with mental health difficulties where assistance is required to properly communicate with clients or where disposals such as section 37/41 are being considered under the Mental Health Act.

Keith has a varied practice and represents both individual and corporate clients respectively. Keith is called upon to advise professional clients at an early stage of proceedings in respect of strategy and achieving the best outcome for lay clients. He is experienced in advising clients on all aspects of police investigations and court proceedings and is happy to provide additional advice to clients facing investigation, in particular concerning more serious offending where additional expertise may be desired.

Keith has successfully represented clients appearing before major hearings at the Court of Criminal Appeal and the Administrative Court.

Keith has a reputation for being a highly-skilled, measured, forceful and persuasive advocate. As such Keith is regularly instructed to appear as a leading advocate both domestically and nationally.