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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP advises on serious crimes including extradition, murder, sexual crimes, drugs offences, dangerous driving and those with human rights aspects. It represents vulnerable individuals and also high-net-worth individuals such as celebrities. Raj Chada leads on advising 15 defendants who prevented a plane deporting refugees from taking off at Stansted airport by breaking into the airport and blocking the runway; the case is ongoing. Nigel Richardson heads the team, supported by Graeme Hydari and senior associate Gary Monks. Kiran Mehta and Atiyah Malik joined as partners. Samira Noor Khan left the firm.

Leading individuals

Nigel Richardson - Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gary Monks - Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP¬†is ‚Äėa firm dedicated to the old-fashioned virtue¬†of conscientious hard work in pursuit of their clients' interests‚Äô. The firm is acting for an ex-trader of derivatives at Barclays who is one of the accused in the EURIBOR case. Head of team John Hartley¬†is ‚Äėa wise, calm and astute practitioner with a wealth of experience, and an empathetic but realistic manner‚Äô. Raj Chada¬†is ‚Äėhighly intelligent, quick, and committed; he is unstinting in the care and time he devotes to his clients‚Äô. Kiran Mehta¬†joined the department as a partner.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employees/unions
Employment: employees/unions - ranked: tier 2

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

The employment team at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (formerly led by Rhian Radia) represents employees in a wide variety of complex litigation including discrimination and equal pay claims and criminal allegations. It also regularly advises senior executives on employment documentation and the negotiation of severance packages. Newly promoted partner Homa Wilson is also a name to note; she is recommended for discrimination claims. A recent addition to the team is partner Joseph Nicholls.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

The employment team at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (formerly led by Rhian Radia) focuses on discrimination claims, regularly handling sex discrimination and equal pay work. The team also assists with unfair dismissal claims, settlement agreements and contract advice. Homa Wilson is also recommended for her discrimination expertise. A recent addition to the team is partner Joseph Nicholls.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP fields a team of 'very experienced clinical negligence solicitors', many of which have medical backgrounds. The practice handles a range of complex cases including failure to diagnose, birth injury and psychiatric disorders, often with a human rights element. Medical negligence head Agata Usewicz focuses on obstetric claims and is a 'very calm, competent and reassuring practitioner'. James Bell is a “warm, empathetic lawyer, who never forgets the personal dimension in each case'. Andrew Harrison  represents clients with birth-related injuries, misdiagnosis and delayed treatment.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is a 'very strong and high-quality niche firm' doing 'a mix of work including some cutting-edge injury claims'. Its work covers life-changing and life-limiting injuries, including rehabilitation and funded care packages. The team is made up of 'very hard-working, committed lawyers' who are 'prepared to push the boundaries of legal authority to obtain the best results for their clients', and the disease and illnesses team is highlighted for its excellent work. Core team members include managing partner Vidisha Joshi, who is the head of the personal injuries team; Anne Sanders, who is 'superb in all respects'; Anita Rattan, who 'has extensive experience' and 'understands how a personal injury claim should be run'; and industrial disease and illnesses team head Isobel Lovett, a 'first-class litigator' whose client care 'is second to none'.

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London: Private client

Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Philippa Barton¬†heads a ‚Äėprofessional team‚Äô at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP. The team specialises in property and affairs deputyships for clients who have received high-value personal injury awards. Angela Nunn¬†joined the team from Sternberg Reed. Nunn is ‚Äėgenuinely empathetic and understands the complex needs and circumstances of her clients‚Äô.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Jacqueline Major¬†¬†leads a team at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP¬† that is ‚Äėparticularly known for its very high levels of client service‚Äô. Deborah Johnson¬† ‚Äėjust really wants to help people‚Äô and Jeetesh Patel¬†is ‚Äėvery committed to his clients‚Äô. Bharti Shah¬† is ‚Äėexceptionally knowledgeable and thoroughly hardworking‚Äô. The team focuses on both private and public work.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Ian Lane¬†¬†heads the team at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, which pays ‚Äėprompt attention to all matters ‚Äď calls and emails are replied to within 24 hours‚Äô. Nicola Waldman¬† is ‚Äėefficient beyond the call of duty. She is exceptional, efficient and proactive‚Äô. The team has represented a wide range of clients from celebrities and notable families to non-domiciles and families that are in dispute. Work has included handling the administration of substantial estates, family trusts, UK inheritance tax matters and disputed estates. The group has also advised on the drafting of wills of varying complexity.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is judged to be 'very strong' in the public law field generally with a breadth of expertise across inquests, actions against the police and miscarriages of justice. It has extensive judicial review experience including challenging CPS and IPCC decisions. Jocelyn Cockburn and Susie Labinjoh who are joint heads of the group and Sasha Barton, are some of the dedicated and specialist partners together with Peter Todd who is noted for his 'meticulous approach which coupled with his considerable empathy for his clients marks him out as a very formidable practitioner in this area.' Nancy Collins is the lead partner acting for Humanist UK in its intervention in two high-profile judicial reviews concerning the right to die. In other work the team continues to represent Neville Lawrence in connection with an ongoing police investigation into the murder of his son.

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 2

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP¬†has a reputation for handling challenges involving the police force, the Prison Service, the Ministry of Defence, coroners, immigration detention centres and the Crown Prosecution Service. The ‚Äėpragmatic‚Äô Susie Labinjoh¬† ‚Äėtruly cares about achieving the best for her clients‚Äô and ‚Äėintelligent‚Äô Alice Hardy¬† ‚Äėbrings cool and calm professionalism to claims that might leave other practitioners agitated‚Äô. The practice is acting for 40 former residents of the Grenfell Tower. Other names to note include Nancy Collins¬†, Cormac McDonough¬†, Jocelyn Cockburn¬† and Sasha Barton.

Leading individuals

Jocelyn Cockburn - Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

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London: Real estate

Social housing: tenant
Social housing: tenant - ranked: tier 1

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP fields a 'modern, forward-thinking and innovative' team, which has 'emerged as one of the top performers in the housing market'. The team has particular expertise in representing vulnerable individuals in homelessness appeals and landlord and tenant disputes, and has also been instructed in large group litigation. In one stand-out matter, Jayesh Kunwardia acted for 57 residents in group litigation against Peabody concerning the cessation of gas supply to the Strawberry Vale Estate. Moreover, Daniel Fitzpatrick is representing 42 individuals in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Other highlights included Farzana Chowdhury advising a secured tenant on a severe disrepair claim. Also recommended are Sophie Bell, who is 'particularly strong in complex Equality Act cases'; senior associate Siddiq Fazaluddin, 'a tenacious litigator with expertise in leasehold disputes'; and solicitor Hannah Britz, who has experience with homelessness appeals. Associate Edward Veale joined Deighton Pierce Glynn.

Leading individuals

Jayesh Kunwardia - Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sophie Bell - Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

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