Portrait of Nicholas Allen QC

Nicholas Allen QC

Year of Call 1995 Silk 2018

Professional Practice

Nicholas specialises in ‘high net worth’ matrimonial finance work appearing most often in the Central Family Court but also in courts throughout the country. He is well known for his eye for detail, his knowledge of matrimonial law, and for his client care skills.

Nicholas was appointed Queen’s Counsel in February 2018. He was previously listed as a “leading junior” in the Chambers & Partners (where he was in the top ‘Band 1’ tier) and Legal 500 directories. He was junior counsel for Charles Sharland (Supreme Court (2015)) and for Stacey Giggs (High Court (2017)).

Nicholas was appointed as a Recorder in December 2015. He hears both matrimonial finance and children cases in London and on the South Eastern Circuit.

Nicholas is a qualified Arbitrator (Finance) through the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) scheme. He has written several awards following both conventional hearings and ‘paper-only’ ones.

Nicholas is regularly instructed to conduct Private FDR Appointments and also to prepare written Early Neutral Evaluations. He is also a trained collaborative lawyer (2009) and has been instructed on a joint basis in several such cases usually by participating in 5-way meetings. He is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Group West Midlands.

Nicholas is a regular lecturer including to the Judicial College. He contributed to Resolution’s ‘Guide to Good Practice for Family Lawyers on Working with the Bar in Family Cases’ (2018 revision). He has also written for Family Law and other specialist publications. He also co-authored the FLBA’s ‘Good Practice’ guidance for FDR Appointments much of which was later included in similar guidance published by both Resolution and by the Family Justice Council in 2012.

Nicholas is a former member of both Resolution’s Dispute Resolution Committee and the Bar Standard’s Board’s Conduct Committee.

Nicholas joined St. Ives Chambers in Birmingham as a door tenant in February 2018.

Nicholas is also a qualified Attorney & Counsellor at Law, New York (admitted 1998).

  • Recommendations

    Recommended as a ‘Leading Junior’ in the category of ‘Family/Matrimonial’
    Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500
    "high-value financial specialist who regularly handles cases using the collaborative process, having trained as collaborative counsel. He is commended for his attention to detail and his sympathetic manner with clients, and is also a trained arbitrator. Strengths: 'He is painstaking and meticulous. His knowledge of case law is second to none and this shines through in his position notes and skeletons. These are always provided on a timely basis."
    Chambers & Partners 2018
    "high-value financial specialist who regularly handles cases using the collaborative process having trained as collaborative counsel. He is commended for his attention to detail and his sympathetic manner with clients. Strengths: 'He reads absolutely everything he's sent and knows the papers inside out. He instils a huge amount of confidence in clients, he is an extremely charming advocate and he can disarm difficult cases."
    Chambers & Partners 2017
    "commonly thought of in the profession as "a future silk." He specialises in matrimonial finance and is particularly noted for the quality of his preparation. Strengths: 'Clients absolutely love him. He is very good with sensitive clients, and difficult ones too. He is such a details man. Clients know he knows their case inside and out. Really thorough, really clever and a great advocate, he is going to be a silk.' "
    Chambers & Partners 2016
    “a favourite among solicitors for high net worth financial remedy work … 'His grasp of the law is phenomenal. His greatest talent is the depth in which he will go into a case. When I send him a brief I know he'll read it twice and be 100% prepared. I've never seen him flounder in court or not know a page number. He is a phenomenal comfort to those that instruct him.' ”
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    “utterly superb ... he has exceptional technical knowledge, and is very good with flustered clients”
    Chambers & Partners 2014
    “first class client skills ... a tremendous eye for detail and a first-rate knowledge of matrimonial law”
    Chambers & Partners 2013
    “one of his main strengths is his exceptional client care skills ... his bedside manner is perfect for vulnerable clients, and his advocacy is first class”
    Chambers & Partners 2012
    "one of the most technically strong members of the Bar"
    Legal 500 2017
    "he encapsulates the perfect combination of a brilliant legal mind and empathy towards clients"
    Legal 500 2016
    "his knowledge of black-letter and case law is spot on"
    Legal 500 2015
    “a real ‘details' man, who is definitely a silk of the future”
    Legal 500 2014
    “blessed with a superb legal mind and excellent advocacy skills”
    Legal 500 2013
    “an absolute star of the Family Bar”
    Legal 500 2012
    “hugely responsive, unfailingly courteous and an absolute delight to work with”
    Legal 500 2011
  • Notable Cases

    • MT v OT (No.2)
      [2018] EWHC 2003 (Fam)
    • MT v OT
      [2018] EWHC 868 (Fam)
    • Sharland v Sharland
      [2015] 2 FLR 1367, SC
    • M v W (Application after New Zealand Financial Agreement)
      [2015] 1 FLR 465, FD
    • Sharland v Sharland
      [2014] 2 FLR 89, CA
    • SK v TK
      [2013] EWHC 834 (Fam)
    • S v S (Non-Disclosure)
      [2013] 2 FLR 1598, FD
    • Marinos v Marinos
      [2007] 2 FLR 1018, FD
    • R v R (Divorce: Jurisdiction: Domicile)
      [2006] 1 FLR 389, FD
    • A v B (Financial Relief: Agreements)
      [2005] 2 FLR 730, FD
    • Currey v Currey
      [2005] 1 FLR 952, CA
    • C v C (Costs: Ancillary Relief)
      [2004] 2 FLR 291, FD
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Co-author of ‘Till death or re-marriage do our finances part: L v L’ [2012] Fam Law 665

    • Co-author ‘The Law and Financial Provision on the Dissolution of Civil Partnerships’ [2009] Fam Law 836

    • Acknowledged contributor to Ancillary Relief after Miller and McFarlane by Nicholas Francis QC and David Salter (Lime Legal, 2006) 

    • Acknowledged in Cohabitation and Trusts of Land by Darlington, Heaton and Wagstaffe (Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell, 2006) 

    • Nicholas is a regular lecturer to regional Resolutions and Law Societies and also in-house for solicitors’ firms. 

  • Personal Information

    Nicholas is Chairman of the Emmanuel Society, the alumni organisation of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Nicholas is a former recipient of the Herchel Smith Scholarship from Emmanuel to Harvard University where he spent a year as Visiting Scholar at the university’s Law Faculty.


  • Recorder,
  • Arbitrator,


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCiArb)
  • Family Law Bar Association (committee member 2003-2008)
  • Former member of the Complaints Committee of the Bar Standards Board (2005-2007)
  • Former member of Resolution's Dispute Resolution Committee (2011-2015)
  • Member of the American Bar Association