Robin Allen QC is Joint Head of Cloisters Barristers Chambers and has been in practice specialising in employment, equality, equal pay, discrimination, human rights, public law, and local authority work since 1974. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1995.
In his legal career he has frequently been involved in test case litigation appearing in nearly 40 cases the House of Lords and the Supreme Court and frequently working with the Equality Commissions in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He is a Recorder and a Bencher of Middle Temple.
He has had a long-term commitment to public service in parallel with his legal career. He was chair of the London Youth Advisory Centre from 1984 to 1990, and the Brandon Centre for Psychotherapy from 1991 to 1993. He served on the Home Office’s Human Rights Task Force from1999–2001. He was a founding member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit and its chair from 2000 – 2002 and chair of Bar in the Community during the same period. From 2002 – 2007 he was special legal adviser to the Disability Rights Commission and from 2005 – 2008 a trustee of the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund.
Robin was elected to the Bar Council of England and Wales in 2013 and has chaired its Equality and Diversity and Social Mobility Committee since then.