Allan is a specialist employment barrister with experience of employment related disputes, including Tribunal and Civil Court claims; disciplinary panels (both internal and regulatory) and actions for restrictive covenants and breach of confidentiality. He is recognised for having a particular expertise in complex whistleblowing and discrimination claims.
Allan acts for both claimants and respondents in all areas of employment law. Key clients include:
Of the solicitors who regularly instruct Allan, three have asked him to defend employment disputes brought against their firm. Allan is frequently instructed in high value and media sensitive cases including those involving the Ministry of Defence, Crown Prosecution Service and several Police Forces.
Allan regularly appears before the Employment Appeal Tribunal, including having received instructions only at the appeal stage. Issues dealt with at this level include:
He has also appeared before the Court of Appeal with success in Launahurst v Larner. In a Judgement of Underhill. J sitting in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Allan's arguments were described as "vigorous" and "effective" and in referring to his presentation stated "the exercise is a tribute not only to the quality of Mr Roberts' notes but also to the industry and care with which he has prepared for this appeal."
Allan prides himself on being very client-friendly, a quality recognized in Chambers & Partners. This involves taking a proactive role in case preparation and analysis, enabling him to provide clear and effective advice. At each stage, Allan maintains a view on achieving a successful outcome in line with the client's objectives.
Allan undertakes all aspects of employment work covered by the specialist employment team at Guildhall. He has a particular interest in the following areas:
Allan has provided a number of talks and seminars on employment law, both as part of the chambers lecture series, in-house events and to the ELA. He is happy to receive requests for either update talks or on specific topics of interest.
Allan has acted for a number of professionals in disciplinary hearings, both internally and before regulatory panels. He has a particular interest in acting for social workers and for nurses before the NMC.
In a recent case (2013) Allan successfully represented a social worker before a local authority's appeal panel. The employee had been dismissed over 18 months before the appeal hearing. The hearing was initially listed for a review only, but Allan was able to persuade the panel to conduct a rehearing. He then successfully argued the allegations of gross misconduct should be dismissed. This led to the employee being reinstated and awarded back pay.
Leading Junior - Band 3
Respected for his expertise in whistle-blowing and discrimination claims, and especially for dealing with complex police cases.
Strengths: "He is astute, commercial and tenacious." "Clients find him approachable and inspiring of confidence."
Recent work: Acted for two social workers, including the deputy head of social services, in a high-profile whistle-blowing claim. The claimants contend they were victimised for whistle-blowing and sought compensation of £500,000 and £170,000 respectively during the ten-day trial.
'He combines legal gravitas with commercial understanding, a sense of humour and immense energy.'
Junior - Up and Coming
Experienced in handling complex matters for well-known public sector clients including a number of police constabularies, and has particular expertise in discrimination and whistle-blowing.
Strengths: "He's very well prepared, won't stop fighting, and can almost win the unwinnable."
Recent work: Acted for members of the Royal College of Nursing in Miles et al v Turning Point, a multiple action from more than 100 claimants alleging that the employer had refused to recognise the RCN or consult with unions other than Unite.
'He has a remarkable ability to pick up complex issues and novel points quickly'.
Leading Junior - Band 3
A widely admired employment practitioner with considerable expertise in whistle-blowing and discrimination cases. He has built up a significant reputation for handling employment disputes for police forces.
Expertise: "He is very good with witnesses, brilliant with clients, and very courteous to his opponent - he secures the sympathy of the tribunal." "Not only is he a trial advocate of absolutely amazing ability, but he's also really good with the clients."
Recent work: Acted for Chief Constables of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire as respondents in a whistle-blowing case against a counter-terrorist officer, concerning operational decisions associated with the Olympic Games.
'He is noted for his expertise in discrimination and acting for police constabularies'.
"He grasps issues very quickly and impresses with his preparation and cross-examination techniques." "He is extremely client-friendly."
Allan Roberts is "always completely on top of the case".
Allan Roberts has a "particular expertise in discrimination and whistle-blowing claims".
Allan Roberts is "courteous, well prepared and professional".