Allen’s practice focuses on energy, engineering and infrastructure in South-east Asia. He is among the inaugural batch of select practitioners to be recognised as Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law by the Singapore Academy of Law.

He advises on project documentation for engineering and energy projects including the development, construction, operation and maintenance of power plants and bids for power plant generation licences. He also advises on contract administration and management issues in infrastructure projects.

In dispute resolution, Allen is recognised as one of Asia’s Super 50 Disputes Lawyers by Asian Legal Business. He represents a diverse range of clients including developers, contractors, consultants and investors in international arbitrations over energy, engineering, infrastructure, commercial and investment disputes. Allen has also acted in arbitration-related litigation, and other complex disputes before the courts in Singapore and Malaysia. Clients describe him as “very helpful, experienced disputes lawyer, patient, proactive.”

Allen is ranked Highly Regarded for project development and energy by IFLR 1000. Benchmark Litigation has ranked him in the areas of construction, international arbitration, commercial and transactions. He is also recognised as a leading lawyer in construction law, arbitration and mediation by Best Lawyers. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific recommends Allen as an “experienced engineering lawyer” having “particular projects disputes and international arbitration experience” who “keeps on top of multiple work streams”.   

Allen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits as arbitrator in arbitrations administered by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), the ICC Court of Arbitration and the Law Society of Singapore. He is on the panel of arbitrators of the AIAC, the Chinese Arbitration Association, the Law Society Arbitration Scheme and the Reserve List of the SIAC’s Panel of Arbitrators.

He is also on the panel of Specialist Mediators of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and on the panel of Neutrals of the Law Society Neutral Evaluation and Determination Scheme.

Allen is concurrently a partner in Allen & Gledhill, the Firm’s associate firm in Singapore and previously worked in an international law firm.

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Work Highlights

  • Representing an international property developer in an SIAC arbitration arising from a dispute over a major mixed commercial, residential and retail complex in Vietnam with claims in excess of US$125 million.
  • Advising independent power producers on the development, construction, operation and maintenance of coal fired power plants in South-east Asia and their rights and liabilities under power purchase agreements signed with national power authorities.
  • Representing a global manufacturer of differentiated chemicals in an AIAC arbitration against a multinational engineering and consulting firm over disputes arising from an engineering, procurement, and construction management contract.