Joe Allman

Call To The Bar: 2006

Joe joins Lincoln House after 12 years as an advocate in the Crown Prosecution Service.

He is an experienced and tenacious advocate, with a track record of excellence in dealing with cases of particular difficulty, whether because of the vulnerabilities of the witnesses, defendants or complainants involved, or the high level of complexity.

Joe recently returned from serving on behalf of HM Government as the Crown Prosecution Service’s Criminal Justice Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Liaison Prosecutor in the United Arab Emirates. He also worked with senior prosecutors and British missions in a number of other Middle-Eastern countries.

He is experienced in dealing with the most complex and sensitive aspects of cases with an international dimension, particularly terrorism, serious organised crime, and cases involving cross-border illicit finance, and has a thorough knowledge of international human rights law.

Joe has appeared for the CPS Extradition Unit on behalf of Part 1 states in extradition proceedings and was also closely involved in the extradition of BBC Panorama’s “Trillion Dollar Conman” Russell King from the Kingdom of Bahrain to Jersey. He is particularly well placed to advise on extradition, formal mutual legal assistance, Joint Investigation Teams, and all aspects of acquiring and deploying cross-border evidence, including the human rights dimension, and sensitive reciprocity issues.

Joe previously served in the Royal Artillery on operations in Iraq, and is knowledgeable on firearms and ammunition, as well as having a thorough command of firearms legislation. He has a high level of security clearance.

Joe began his career as a specialist in “trouble-shooting” the most challenging magistrates’ court cases, particularly those involving defences linked to road traffic offending, or those in which senior members of the bar or Queen’s Counsel were instructed by the defence to pursue challenging issues on behalf of high profile clients. Since then Joe has represented the Crown in a wide variety of cases at every level of seriousness, from affray to conspiracy to murder.

Joe is a recognised specialist in rape and serious sexual offending cases, and cases involving youths. Joe has devoted a significant part of his career to rape and sexual abuse cases and has particular expertise in respect of historic sexual offending and sexual offences against children. Joe is known for his sound advice on and rigorous approach to third party and digitally stored material. Joe has prosecuted trials covering the full range of sexual offending, from opportunistic sexual assault, through making indecent images, to multiple-victim rape cases, and a case in which a victim of rape was murdered by her partner upon making her disclosure. Joe enjoys a reputation for dealing sensitively and communicating in a manner appropriate to the needs of vulnerable victims, witnesses and defendants. Joe makes time for this important interaction, whatever the demands of the case.