Richard Allen


Richard brings more than 30 years’ unique commercial experience to his role as senior consultant with Burcher Jennings. He was one of the first professionals to achieve costs lawyer status and is one of a select group of costs lawyers to have made partner in a solicitor’s practice. 

He is also a founding, and longest serving, non-executive director of the Costs Lawyer Standards Board.

Since starting out in 1983, Richard has worked his way through both fee earning and costs, dealing with commercial debt recovery, bankruptcy and insolvency, before specialising in personal injury litigation and developing costs expertise. His exceptional work has seen him handling significant litigation and costs caseloads for major City of London, West End, and national law firms.

During his career, Richard’s expertise has seen him instrumental in establishing and running several litigation and costs departments and managing costs teams across multiple office locations, as well as having a central role managing a regional law firm as a partner. He joined Burcher Jennings from top 100 firm Minster Law, where he formed and headed their national costs department.

At Burcher Jennings, Richard plays a pivotal role in driving the full-service nature of the firm, working with clients in the UK and internationally to boost profitability through a focus on pricing, costs, case, and practice management.

An experienced trainer, Richard delivers Burcher Jennings’ costs and pricing masterclasses and develops bespoke training programmes for clients. He is a regular lecturer with MBL seminars, an accredited mediator, and coach.

Areas of Practice: legal costs, case and practice management, law firm pricing and mediation

Published Works

Contact details

07932 004118 & 07714 745711 / richard.allen

Areas of Practice

Dispute Resolution

Year Qualified



Non-Executive Director–CLSB
Association of Costs Lawyers
Civil Mediation Counsel