Julian has a specialist, predominantly employer focused employment and discrimination practice in the Employment Tribunal, EAT and Civil Courts.
Julian is also Chambers' specialist construction practitioner.
Julian is a qualified mediator and adjudicator.
Julian has a specialist employment and discrimination practice which covers all aspects of the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal jurisdiction. He is recommended as a Band 1 (Western) in both Chambers UK 2019 and Legal 500 2019 in the Employment category. He is also the only member of the team to be appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) to the new 'A Panel'.
He is a highly skilled, authoritative and pragmatic employment law practitioner. He acts in high value and complex litigation in both the High Court and Employment Tribunal jurisdictions. In the Employment Tribunal he has particular expertise in complex discrimination, whistleblowing and private sector equal pay litigation.
The majority of his work is for employers. In addition to private sector businesses, his clients include Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and schools. He also regularly represents Government Departments such as the MOD, MOJ, Home Office and DWP in employment and discrimination matters.
Julian is a specialist in High Court cases that bridge the interface between employment and commercial litigation. He has a particular interest in cases involving restrictive covenants in restraint of trade, confidentiality - including in relation to social media in the workplace, and the Database Right.
In 2015, Chambers and Partners recognised that Julian has a 'national reputation for restrictive covenant expertise'.
This expertise has been recognized by the legal marketplace for many years. In addition to the recommendation above, Chambers and Partners 2015 endorsed him as being, "…quick to respond, even late at night or early in the morning. He understands what his clients want to achieve, and puts things in place to make sure they get a result as quickly as possible, although he can be incredibly patient when required." "He is forceful when needed, but never overly so… He inspires confidence."
In Chambers UK 2014, the marketplace recognised that, "He is very commercially astute. He is good at recognising what an employer needs to achieve, and can achieve it."
He was also listed nationally as a leading junior Barrister in the first Who's Who's Legal UK Bar Publication 2015 in which it is recommended that he is someone that, 'peers would also "definitely endorse"' and noting his particular expertise in acting for businesses, he is 'recommended for his largely respondent-based practice'.
Julian is the Employment Lawyers Association South West Representative and regularly lectures on the ELA circuit and contributes articles to internal and external publications such as ELA Briefing.
He is a contributing author to Tolleys Employment Law Service (Unfair Dismissal I).
He is a co-author of the book, 'Settlement of Individual Employment Disputes' which was published by LexisNexis in 2017.
He accepts instructions in Special Educational Needs and Disability Needs Tribunal (SEND) cases. He also advises in relation to internal disciplinary hearings.
Julian is also a qualified mediator and is listed on the TECBAR Mediator Panel & Bar Council List of Barrister Mediators.
""A strong barrister with a high degree of knowledge and flexibility in his approach." Chambers UK 2019
"He has brilliant technical skills" - Legal 500 2019
Julian Allsop is Chambers' construction law specialist and is recognised in this regard by the leading directories.
He is a highly skilled, authoritative and pragmatic construction law practitioner. He is known for being a 'born fighter whose sense of humour and charm makes him a delight to work with on construction and property matters' (Legal 500).
He has considerable experience of advisory work and advocacy in relation to disputes that arise from a range of projects, from domestic building claims to commercial construction disputes in an industrial setting.
Julian has particular expertise in disputes involving the following:
Examples of a few of the matters that Julian has been involved in recently have included:
He is also regularly retained to provide advice and to draft pre action correspondence and pleadings in Court, arbitration and adjudication proceedings.
Julian is also a qualified mediator and adjudicator and is listed on the TECBAR Mediator & Adjudicator Panel & Bar Council List of Barrister Mediators. He is also a member of the Adjudication Society and Construction Law Society.
Well-regarded barrister who specialises in construction disputes and frequently advises on claims relating to defective works, delay, disruption and loss. His clients include contractors, employers and other third parties working in the industry.
"A strong barrister with a high degree of knowledge and flexibility in his approach."
Recent work: Defended a charitable organisation in relation to a claim for a substantial sum arising out of a contactor's payment notice.
Handles employment matters in both the High Court and the tribunal, predominantly acting for employers. He is known for his expertise in complex disability discrimination, pregnancy or maternity discrimination, and whistle-blowing litigation. He also works in director-level remuneration claims and restrictive covenants.
"He's approachable, likeable and easy to work with." "He's very articulate and can turn on the charm with clients."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the respondent and successfully resisted the appeal of a former employee who had failed to establish the connection between disability discrimination and his dismissal.
Construction, Planning and Environment
‘He has brilliant technical skills.’
‘Very articulate and always approachable.’
Junior - Band 2
Handles employment matters in both the High Court and the tribunal, predominantly acting for employers. He is known for his expertise in complex injunction cases, discrimination, whistle-blowing and private sector equal pay litigation. He also works on director-level remuneration claims and restrictive covenants.
Strengths: “He has excellent technical skills, he is great with clients and he has the ability to unravel complicated facts.”
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the respondent to an appeal against a finding of indirect race discrimination and unlawful deductions from wages.
Construction. Planning and Environment
‘He is very detail-oriented.’
‘A very safe and supportive pair of hands.’
Junior - Band 2
Handles employment matters in both the High Court and the tribunal, predominatly acting for the employers. He is known for his expertise in complex injunction cases, discrimination, whistle-blowing and private sector equal pay litigation.
Strengths: "Very articulate and able to grasp and convey complex issues." "Incredibly thorough, knowledgeable and approachable."
LEGAL 500 2016
Construction, Planning & Environment
'Specialises in construction disputes.'
'An organised, pragmatic and flexible advocate, who is always dependable.'
Junior - Band 2
Handles complex claims of victimisation and discrimination, and also tackles contract-related cases. He frequently represents both claimant and respondent clients including NHS trusts, corporations and government departments.
Strengths: "I've been very impressed with his fantastic attention to detail; he can cut through the mountain of paperwork and really get to the heart of the issues." "He really knows his stuff, but he's helpful with it."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Langton v Secretary of State for Health, concerning an application for interim relief which was declined, a decision which was subsequently brought to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
LEGAL 500 2015
Construction, Planning & Environment
'He has extensive knowledge of construction law'.
'His advice is always clear, and stated with authority and conviction'.
Peers would also "definitely endorse" Julian Allsop is recommended for his largely respondent-based practice.
Leading Junior - Band 2
Focuses his employment practice on representing respondents, and has substantial experience of representing public sector clients, including government departments and NHS trusts. He also has a national reputation for restrictive covenant expertise.
Expertise: "He is quick to respond, even late at night or early in the morning. He understands what his clients want to achieve, and puts things in place to make sure they get a result as quickly as possible, although he can be incredibly patient when required." "He is forceful when needed, but never overly so. He is a safe pair of hands for all employment matters, offering pragmatic advice. He inspires confidence."
Recent work: Represented a claimant against the Secretary of State for Health in an appeal at the EAT against a tribunal decision. The original judgment had declined to entertain the client's application for interim relief on the basis that the Secretary of State could not be her employer in the place of a dissolved NHS trust.
"A construction specialist."
'Recommended for his defence practice.'
Leading Junior - Band 2
An employment practitioner whose practice is principally focused on Respondents. He receives regular instructions from SMEs, government departments, local authorities, and NHS Trusts.
Expertise: "He is very commercially astute. He is good at recognising what an employer needs to achieve, and can achieve it."
Recent work: He successfully acted in the ET and EAT on behalf of the Respondent in Osborn v ABMU Local Health Board, a complex and high value claim concerning the failure to make reasonable adjustments.
Julian Allsop is noted as: 'combines incisive cross-examination with impressive technical know-how';
Julian Allsop is noted as: 'very conscientious, attentive and efficient'...who has a notable construction practice.
Leading Junior - Band 3
Julian Allsop is a "thorough and very experienced" junior who "always provides excellent responses and good, commercial advice." He predominantly works on the respondent side and is also a regional Junior Counsel to the Crown.
Julian Allsop is noted as acting primarily for respondents.
Julian Allsop is a 'safe pair of hands, and adopts a solid and robust approach'.
'Provides very efficient and straightforward advice, and adopts a no-nonsense approach, which is appreciated by commercial clients'.
Julian Allsop is a 'born fighter whose sense of humour and charm makes him a delight to work with on construction and property matters'.