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Charles Allin


Charles Allin's practice focuses on cross-border litigation and international arbitration. He acts principally for large international companies, high net worth individuals, financial institutions, private equity funds and state bodies, predominantly in the fields of energy and natural resources, financial services and contentious M&A. His recent practice has focused on disputes involving African, Middle Eastern and offshore jurisdictions and he has represented clients before both the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales and leading arbitral institutions including the LCIA, ICC, and AAA.

He also has particular experience in fraud and asset recovery work, having successfully acted for clients in world-wide asset recoveries involving complex offshore structures, cross-border injunctions and interplay between civil and criminal enforcement.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Advising a joint venture partner in a US$730 million shareholder dispute involving a major African listed oil and gas company
  • Acting for a number of Middle Eastern companies and high net worth individuals in US$600 million cross-border litigation proceedings concerning allegations of conspiracy
  • Advising a Middle Eastern bank in relation to fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust and asset recovery matters in the sum of US$1.1 billion relating to various infrastructure projects
  • Advising on international commodities and shipping group in relation to multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration proceedings involving Nigeria in respect of US$120 million of unpaid gasoline and subsequent proceedings relating to the arrest and release of a VLCC crude carrier
  • Defending an international private equity house in respect of warranty claims arising out of an SPA. The claims were struck out at first instance and that decision was affirmed on appeal
  • Advising an international commodities company in an ICC arbitration relating to a US$90 million breach of contract relating to loans advanced in consideration for oil and gas concessions in Nigeria
  • Advising the owner of a large British estate on LCIA arbitration proceedings in respect of declaratory and injunctive relief claims
  • Advising a major international commodities firm in relation to cross-border litigation proceedings in Luxembourg and the BVI in respect of a disputed Sale and Purchase Agreement
  • Advising the shareholders of a software services company in relation to a dispute against a hostile former shareholder in the context of a US$44 million disposal of the company
  • Acting for a state entity on a c. US$5 billion ICC arbitration relating to the termination of a FIDIC contract on a major commuter rail infrastructure project
  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2008
  • College of Law, GDL, 2007
  • King's College London, B.A. (History), 2006


  • Rising Star for Commercial Litigation, The Legal 500, 2020
  • Rising Star for Commercial Litigation, The Legal 500, 2019
  • Key Lawyer for Civil Fraud, The Legal 500, 2019

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Law Society of England and Wales