What can Steve do for you?
Steve is a commercial litigation and arbitration lawyer and in addition heads our 280 strong Birmingham office. He specialises in resolving commercial disputes with the aim of preventing his clients becoming embroiled in lengthy and costly proceedings. He has over 30 years experience in resolving high value and complex disputes particularly those with an international element.
Supporting your ambitions
Steve is recognised as a tough but fair opponent. He is expert on seeking urgent relief from the courts in order to protect his client's interests and this has included anti-suit injunctions, freezing and search and seizure orders and orders restraining a breach of contract. In addition he has successfully led teams in conducting arbitrations under UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA rules. His reputation has made him the solicitor of choice for many in-house legal teams from international motor manufacturers to a global oil company. Steve also has a reputation for dealing with minority shareholders disputes.
What do others say?
Steve is recognised as a leader in dispute resolution by both Chambers UK and Legal 500. Chambers states "Market sources describe him as a superb lawyer who gets to the real issues very quickly." Similarly, Legal 500 states that "practice head Steve Allen goes that extra yard for clients" and from a FTSE 100 client "your work has been exceptional even by your own standards." Steve appears in the Legal 500 "Hall of Fame" for Commercial Litigation.
What else should you know?
Steve is a past President of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and the New York based British American Business Council. He was the winner of the Midlands Leadership in Professional Services Award 2018 and a former recipient of the International Solicitor of the Year Award from the Birmingham Law Society. In 2021 Steve was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Aston University recognising his contribution to the legal profession. Steve has appeared in the Birmingham Post's Power 250 list of the Midlands' most influential people and is a Visiting Fellow of International Law at Aston University.