David Allen Green

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David Allen Green
David Allen Green speaks at TAM London 2010
Born March 1971 (age 46)
Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, England
Nationality British
Other names Jack of Kent
Alma mater
  • Lawyer
  • writer
Website jackofkent.com

David Allen Green (born March 1971;[1] "Allen" is his second forename) is an English lawyer[2] and writer. He is the former legal correspondent for the New Statesman;[3] is a columnist on law and policy for the Financial Times;[4] and blogs as Jack of Kent.[5][6]

His articles on legal matters have been published by The Guardian, The Lawyer, New Scientist, and others.

He was shortlisted for the George Orwell blogging prize in 2010 and was a judge of the same in 2011. He was also named in 2010 as one of the leading innovators in journalism and media,[7] and in 2011 as one of the 'Hot 100' lawyers by The Lawyer.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Green was born at Selly Oak Hospital[9] and brought up in Birmingham. After attending Four Dwellings comprehensive school and Halesowen College sixth-form, he studied Modern History at Pembroke College, Oxford and Law at the University of Birmingham.[9]

In 2012, Green was listed on the Independent on Sunday Pink List, a list of influential British LGBT people.[10] On Twitter, Green noted that he was bisexual[11] in response to the listings.

Legal career[edit]

After being awarded the Sir Thomas More and Hardwicke Scholarships by Lincoln's Inn,[9] Green was called to the Bar in 1999[9] and became a solicitor in 2001.[9] Formerly a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, Herbert Smith, and the Treasury Solicitor, he is now (and since 2009) head of the media practice at Preiskel & Co.[2]

He was involved on a pro bono basis with Simon Singh's successful libel defence campaign against the British Chiropractic Association.[2]

In 2010, he advised Sally Bercow over possible libel action by think tank MigrationWatch UK and their chairman Sir Andrew Green which was later dropped.[12][13]

He led the defence in the Twitter Joke Trial,[14] in which defendant Paul Chambers was acquitted on 27 July 2012.


Green is a blogger on his own Jack of Kent blog (named after Jack o' Kent[15]), is a columnist on law and policy for the Financial Times;[16] and has contributed to the New Statesman, The Guardian, The Lawyer, and the New Scientist in the past.

In 2012, he gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press.[17]


  1. ^ Green, David Allen (5 February 2011). "I am 40 next month". Twitter. Archived from the original on 10 December 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "David Allen Green". Preiskel & Co. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "New Statesman (articles by) David Allen Green". Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  4. ^ http://blogs.ft.com/david-allen-green/
  5. ^ "Jack of Kent". Blogger. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Aldridge, Alex (21 October 2010). "New ideas in law: The geek shall inherit.." Legalweek. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Are you on the j-list? The leading innovators in journalism and media in 2010". Journalism.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Hot 100 2011". The Lawyer: 4, 6, 10. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-01-06. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "David Allen Green". Conville & Walsh Ltd. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "The IoS Pink List 2012". Independent on Sunday. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  11. ^ David Allen Green (4 November 2012). "Delighted to represent the usually neglected Bs in LGBT in the IoS #PinkList (no 58)". Twitter. Archived from the original on 10 December 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Dowell, Katy (7 October 2010). "Migrationwatch drops Sally Bercow libel threat". The Lawyer. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  13. ^ Allen Green, David. "Jack of Kent: Defending Sally Bercow". Blogger. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "David Allen Green - Profile from Preiskel.com". Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  15. ^ http://jackofkent.com/about/
  16. ^ http://blogs.ft.com/david-allen-green/
  17. ^ Allen Green, David. "Witness Statement of David Allen Green" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 January 2014. 

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