Keith Allen

Year of Call 2017


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Keith, a distinguished barrister, is renowned for his expertise in navigating complex legal landscapes with finesse. His specialisation in cases demanding expert advocacy showcases his adaptability, as he adeptly handles a spectrum of legal matters, including sexual offences, drug trafficking, and violent crimes. This versatility consistently secures favourable outcomes for his diverse clientele.

His modern approach complements Keith’s profound understanding of legal intricacies. His full IT proficiency equips him to represent clients, including young defendants and witnesses, effectively. This extends to cases governed by the Section 28 protocol for pre-recorded cross-examination, demonstrating his adaptability and commitment to ensuring justice.

Keith’s multifaceted practice serves many clients, from individuals to corporations. Professional clients often seek his strategic insight at the onset of legal proceedings, where he meticulously crafts strategies to secure optimal results. His counsel extends beyond courtroom advocacy. He offers invaluable guidance on all aspects of police investigations and court proceedings, reassuring clients with his unwavering support and expertise, particularly in matters of serious crime.

Keith’s reputation precedes him as a highly regarded advocate, revered for his measured approach, unwavering forcefulness, and persuasive prowess. His standing in the legal community sees him routinely entrusted with lead advocacy roles nationally and domestically, a testament to his unparalleled skill and dedication to justice.


White-Collar Crime:

  • Fraud and Corporate Crime: Misrepresentation or deceit in business
  • Money Laundering: Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA); concealing the origins of illegally obtained money
  • False accounting
  • Tax evasion
  • Market abuse: Insider Trading; Illegal securities trading based on non-public information
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Sanctions
  • Anti-competition

Conspiracy and Serious Organised Crime:

  • Firearms offences, including supply and possession of illegal firearms
  • Internet crime
  • Conspiracy to Money launder
  • Excise and tax fraud (including oils fraud)
  • Intellectual property crime (including counterfeit goods)
  • Armed robbery and cash-in-transit attacks
  • Conspiracy to Supply and Import Class A drugs
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Human trafficking
  • Organised immigration crime
  • Environmental crime

Crimes Against the Person:

  • Murder (homicide), manslaughter, infanticide
  • Common assault and Battery: Physical harm or threat of harm, harassment, offensive weapon, wounding/ABH/GBH
  • Sexual Offences: Rape, sexual assault, assault by penetration, sexual exploitation, child sex abuse and trafficking, extreme pornography, disclosing private sexual images without consent (‘revenge pornography’), indecent images of children
  • Human trafficking: Modern slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour
  • Kidnap: False imprisonment, child abduction

Crimes Against the State:

  • Terrorism: Acts of violence to instil fear for political purposes

Crimes Against Morality and Decency:

  • Prostitution: Engaging in sexual activities for money
  • Obscenity: Distribution of sexually explicit material
  • Public Indecency: Lewd behaviour in public spaces

Crimes Against Property:

  • Embezzlement fraud: Deception for personal gain
  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Arson or arson with intent to endanger life
  • Burglary: Unlawful entry with intent to commit a crime
  • Theft: Shoplifting, stealing, robbery

Crimes Against Public Order:

  • Disorderly Conduct: Disturbance of public peace
  • Rioting: Participation in violent public disturbances
  • Unlawful Assembly: Gathering with intent to disturb public peace

Crimes Against the Administration of Justice:

  • Perjury: Lying under oath
  • Obstruction of Justice: Interfering with legal processes
  • Contempt of Court: Disrespect or disobedience towards the court

Cyber Crime:

  • Computer Misuse Act
  • Fraud
  • False accounts
  • Coercion and Control

Cyber-Enabled Crimes: These are not dependent on computers or networks but are transformed in scale or form using the internet and communications technology.

  • Economic related cybercrime, including:
    • xFraud
    • xIntellectual property crime – piracy, counterfeiting and forgery
  • Online marketplaces for illegal items.
  • Malicious and offensive communications, including:
  • Communications sent via social media or other electronic means.
  • Cyberbullying/trolling.
  • Virtual mobbing.
  • Offences that specifically target individuals, including cyber-enabled violence against women and girls
    • Disclosing private sexual images without consent
    • Cyberstalking and harassment
    • Coercion and control
  • Child sexual offences and indecent images of children, including:
    • Child sexual abuse
    • Online grooming
    • Prohibited and indecent images of children
  • Extreme pornography, obscene publications and prohibited images

Dark Web Offences: The dark web comprises internet sites and content intentionally hidden and inaccessible through standard web browsers. The dark web facilitates criminal activity across a wide range of threats. It can be used to create so-called “safe spaces” for conspiring to commit offences, such as child sexual exploitation or the sale and purchase of illegal items (such as drugs or firearms).

Domestic Violence: Abuse or violence within familial or intimate relationships.

Drug Offences:

  • Trafficking
  • Supply and distribution of illegal substances
  • Importation
  • Possession

Economic Related Cybercrime: Criminal activities conducted through digital means.

  • Electronic financial fraud
  • Fraudulent sales through online auctions or retail sites
  • Mass-marketing fraud and consumer scams

Environmental Crimes: Violations of laws protecting the environment.

Firearms Offences:

  • Importation of Firearms
  • Possession of Firearms and shotguns without a certificate
  • Manufacture, sale, transfer of firearms, conversion
  • Possession of articles for conversion of imitation firearms
  • Possession of prohibited weapons
  • Criminal use of firearms, acquisition and possession of firearms and air weapons by children and young people


  • Art and Antique Fraud
  • Benefit Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Investment Fraud
  • Mail and Wire Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud

Hate Crimes: Criminal acts motivated by bias or prejudice against a particular group.

  • Racist and Religious hate crime
  • Homophobic crime
  • Antisemitic crime
  • Islamophobic crime

Restraint & Civil Recovery:

  • Corporate and Commercial Fraud
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Bribery & Corruption
  • Money Laundering & Proceeds of Crime, including high-yield investment fraud
  • Tax & Insolvency offences, including EU duty fraud
  • Public and Charity Sector Fraud
  • International Sanctions
  • Unexplained Wealth Orders

Traffic Offences: All driving offences. Violations of traffic laws and regulations.

Notable Cases


CW-v-DVSA | Administrative Court – Acted as an advocate for the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency on an appeal by Case Stated in which the appellant was arguing that the continuing professional competence provisions were ultra vires and should be struck out.  DVSA was successful in defending the claim

R-v-TH | Bradford CC – Acted for the defendant alleged to have stolen over £75,000 in cash from a gentleman that she cared for. The defendant was acquitted after trial

R-v-DB | Leeds CC Defence advocate for a lead singer. His confiscation order was agreed at a £1 available amount

R-v-M | Leeds CC – Defence advocate for a man accused of making indecent images of children. Initially, the allegation was that there were over 3000 indecent images, but following defence submissions, this was reduced to around 800.  At trial, Keith acted in defence of the accused who was found not guilty

R-v-N | Leeds CC – Defended a man charged with armed robbery. A case in which the section 28 protocol applied Keith secured an acquittal after trial despite claims the man was identified as being present by eyewitnesses and forensic evidence

R-V-P | Hull CC- Advocate for a male accused of several sexual offences against a young child. The defendant was ruled not fit to stand trial, and a finding of fact hearing took place. The jury failed to deliver a verdict on one of the four counts alleged and the defendant was sentenced to a section 37/41 hospital order

R-v-W | Leeds CC – Acting as an advocate for a man accused of making over 150 indecent images of children. The case was listed for trial, but following representations made to the Crown by Keith the Crown reviewed the case and offered no evidence.  The evidence in the case included admissions by the defendant that he had used chat rooms to contact persons over the age of 16.  At early hearings, the Court had tried to claim that the defendant did not have a defence to the charge at law

R-v-K | Leeds CC – Defence of a man accused of Section 18 assault by kicking. Despite accounts from independent witnesses and CCTV of the defendant demonstrating air kicks shortly after the incident Keith secured an acquittal after trial for the defendant who required an interpreter throughout proceedings

Magistrates’ Court

R-v-BR | Harrogate MC – Acted for a man accused of multiple offences of criminal damage. The alleged tyre slasher was identified from CCTV by one of the victims.  During the trial, Keith made several submissions to the Court on the admissibility of evidence and was ultimately able to argue that it would be unsafe for the Court to rely upon the content of the CCTV and the identifications made as a result of it.  In part, these arguments were based on significant failings of the police investigation. The case attracted considerable press interest in nearly all national newspapers for an example see this link.

R-v-JM | Leeds MC – Acted in defence of a lady accused of neglect of her son.  Following submissions made by Keith, the case was dismissed by the Court after the prosecution closed its case. Keith instructed on this case after another firm of solicitors advised the defendant, incorrectly, to merely accept the allegation

R-v-SW | Harrogate MC – Acted as defence solicitor for a man accused of assaulting his daughter.  Keith made representations to the Crown that they should drop the case. However, the Crown reviewed the case and indicated that they would proceed despite the representations.  Following cross-examination of the complainant, it was accepted that the complainant was the aggressor. Keith made submissions of no case to answer, and a not guilty verdict returned without any evidence called on behalf of the defence

R-v-D | Leeds YC – Keith appeared before the Youth Court and argued successfully that the prosecution should be halted as an abuse of process on the basis of delay and manipulation by the CPS of the charging decision


R- v-TM | Central Criminal Court – Provided advice and representation at the police station through to trial to TM the man convicted of the killing of Jo Cox MP.  Acted as defence solicitor throughout the trial which was allocated to the terrorism lists at the Central Criminal Court


  • Deputy District Judge (2019)

Professional Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn

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