First called to the Jamaican Bar in 1982 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, Allan has acted in a broad range of complex litigation, including several appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and in the Caribbean Court of Justice (original jurisdiction). In addition to Jamaica, Allan has appeared in Caribbean Territories in the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla), Cayman and the Turks & Caicos Islands. He has for several consecutive years been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Global for general business law dispute resolution. In March 2016 Allan was appointed chairman of the General Legal Council. Allan has also chaired the committee that created the AML/CFT Guidance applicable to attorneys designated as non-financial businesses under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Some cases which illustrate the range of matters in which Allan has been involved are as follows:

  • Rock Hard Cement Limited v The State of Barbados and The Caribbean and Arawak Cement Company Limited [2020] CCJ 2(OJ) – trade dispute, suspension of the common external tariff on cement, duty of the Caribbean Community to have a proper system of consultation.
  • Trinidad Cement Limited v Trinidad and Tobago , Rock Hard Distribution Limited intervening , Trinidad Cement Limited & Arawak Cement Co Limited v The State of Barbados; Rock Hard Cement v The State of Barbados & The Caribbean Community [2019] CCJ OJ 4 (OJ) - Rules of classification under the CARICOM Common External Tariff – Tariff Heading 25.23 – Weight to be given to World Customs Organization Harmonized System Committee advice – Relationship between CARICOM and WTO - Obligation on Council for Economic Trade and Development to provide reasons for decisions – Extra-regional product classified differently and thus subjected to a lower tariff than a regional product which it competes - Whether the economic objectives of the Community thereby impaired.
  • Trinidad Cement Limited & Arawak Cement Co Limited v The State of Barbados; Rock Hard Cement v The State of Barbados & The Caribbean Community [2019] CCJ OJ 1(OJ)- ruling on whether State of Barbados must obtain approval from the Council of Trade to revert to the CARICOM Common External Tariff after a derogation was allowed.
  • Trinidad Cement Limited & Arawak Cement Co Limited v The State of Barbados; Rock Hard Cement Limited intervening [2018] CCJ OJ 5 – ruling on application to discharge interim measures.
  • Trinidad Cement Limited v The State of Trinidad and Tobago, Rock Hard Distribution Limited intervening [2018] CCJ OJ 4(OJ)- ruling on jurisdiction of the Caribbean Community/Council for Trade and Economic Development to make classification determinations in respect of the CARICOM Common External Tariff.
  • Rock Hard Distribution Limited v Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Community [2018] CCJ 03 (OJ) – ruling on application for leave to commence proceedings.
  • Trinidad Cement Limited and Arawak Cement Company Limited v The State of Barbados, Rock Hard Cement Limited intervening [2018] CCJ 01 (OJ) [2018] CCJ 01 (OJ)- ruling on interim measures.
  • Williamson & Roberts v Port Authority of Jamaica [2019] JMCA Civ 8 determining whether retired employees entitled to recover a discretionary retirement benefit notwithstanding Auditor General’s report that Ministry of Finance guidelines prohibited such grant.
  • Jamaica Bar Association v The Attorney General and The General Legal [2017] JMFC Full 02 determining the constitutionality of application of the Proceeds of Crime Act and Regulations to attorneys.
  • Recreational I (Jamaica) Ltd v Lazarus [2016] UKPC 22 determining the issue of whether a bona fide purchaser of registered land takes free of rights acquired by adverse possession.
  • Hickox v Brilla Master Fund SPA et al [2015] UKPC 30 appearing for the appellants, this litigation concerned property part of the prestigious Cap Juluca Resort in Anguilla; the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council allowed the appeal from a decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and restored an order for sale of the property.
  • Bastion Holdings Limited v Jorril Financial Inc. [2007] UKPC 60; (2007) 71 WIR 280 attempt to divert the assets of a company from the application of a freezing order; this litigation concerned a trust created by the late Paul Geddes to benefit his children which was successfully pursued throughout all stages up to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on behalf of the beneficiaries.

Publications and Lectures:

- Apparent Bias (the Judge is a friend) lecture for the General Legal Council’s continuing legal education program March 2019.

- Deconstructing POCA presentation to the 4th Biennial CALCA Conference October 2016.

- The Proceeds of Crime Act – Considerations Regarding The Duties of Attorneys (presented at Jamaica Bar Association Conference in November 2011).

- The Art of Writing Judgments (In the Disciplinary Committee) Jambar Publication (2008) Vol 23 No 1 14.

- The Art of Writing Awards (presentation to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal April 2010).

- The Extension of Suspicious Transaction Reporting to the Professions (presented at conference hosted by Financial Services Commission and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants on 14th February 2013).

- Apparent Bias – The Importance of Public Perception (2007) 32 WILJ No.2105.

- Competition Legislation and the Legal Profession – Developments in Jamaica- Caribbean Law and Business. Vol. 5 No. 1 (1994) 59.

Email: aswood.lal@cwjamaica.com