Tony Allen

Full Time Mediator, Solicitor

Client Feedback:

“…effectively works his way through seemingly irresolvable disputes.”



Tony Allen has handled well over 300 mediations during his career and is regarded as a pioneer in mediating and developing mediation for personal injury, clinical negligence, professional indemnity and insurance claims in which he is widely regarded as pre-eminent, sectors in which he has come to specialise He has also experience in the really challenging area of right-to-life and treatment choice mediation.  He has also been praised for his work on commercial claims where over the last twenty years he has worked on disputes in a range of sectors, particularly travel, banking, construction, partnerships and property. Disputes involving public law and judicial review, claims against the police and prison services, abuse of minors and adults with health and learning difficulties  still form part of Tony’s impressive practice.

Many of Tony’s cases have involved international parties, particularly commercial travel disputes, and he has mediated in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and South Africa. Tony is also highly regarded for his work on workplace stress claims. He has designed and mediated several high profile group litigation claims.

Professional Background

Tony was a full-time CEDR Director for 11 years, having previously been Dispute Resolution head in a Sussex solicitors’ firm for over 25 years, where he represented many clients at mediations.  He is now a self-employed mediator and trainer.

An experienced member of the Court of Appeal Mediation Scheme panel, Tony also trains mediators internationally and writes extensively on ADR and civil procedure. His book Mediation Law and Civil Practice was published by Bloomsbury Professional in September 2013, reviewed as “essential knowledge for anyone involved in mediations in the UK or in any country that follows UK practice.” Its second edition is due out at the end of 2018.  His second book, Mediating clinical claims, was published by Bloomsbury Professional in early 2018. In 2010, he was awarded the Lord Slynn Memorial Prize for his contribution to the development of mediation in the UK. He combines his career as a mediator with training for CEDR, which has taken him all around the UK, Europe, the Middle and Far East, Africa and the USA.


  • NHS & Healthcare
  • Employment & Workplace
  • Trusts, Wills & Probate
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance
  • Partnership & Shareholder
  • Sale of Goods & Services
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Sector
  • Property
  • Banking & Finance