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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s β€˜strong general crime team’ has β€˜maintained its presence as a professional yet accessible practice’, and β€˜has particular expertise in fraud, protest work and youth crime’. Key figure Raj Chada is β€˜at the forefront of representing defendants in protest cases’, and Ruth Harris is β€˜widely respected amongst the legal community’. Nigel Richardson heads the practice, and specialises in cases involving sexual offences.

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’s β€˜exceptional white-collar crime team’ is β€˜able to handle all types of criminal cases, and can be relied upon to do a thorough job’. Practice head John Hartley, is a β€˜sensible and skilful lawyer’ who β€˜balances an understanding of the details of the case with a detached strategic oversight’ and β€˜really gets to the heart of the issues’. Highlights included representing an individual charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in relation to the sale of rare earth mineral oxides, and handling a major HMRC prosecution involving the alleged submission of false immigration information.

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London: Human resources

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

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s practice acts for senior executives and other professionals on the full gamut of contentious employment matters, with notable expertise in sexual and racial harassment, unfair dismissal and maternity-related claims. Practice head Rhian Radia acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, including banking and healthcare. β€˜Very sympathetic and understanding’ senior associate Homa Wilson, who is β€˜always one step ahead of the game’, handles complex director disputes, acts in whistleblowing claims, and negotiates high-value settlements.

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

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s team represents senior executives across a broad range of industries in high-value tribunal claims, including discrimination and equal pay. Practice head Rhian Radia has significant experience handling sexual and racial harassment cases, as well as unfair dismissal and maternity employment issues. Clients also single out senior associate Homa Wilson, who advises on high-value discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is β€˜a high-quality claimant firm’ with experience in maximum severity cases; recent work includes a Β£430,000 settlement in a case involving brain damage as a result of prolonged circulatory arrest case. The β€˜unflappable’ Agata Usewicz specialises in obstetric claims and heads the team, which includes the β€˜utterly devoted’ Nina Ali, who is β€˜a shrewd and committed litigator’ with experience in high-value brain and spinal injury claims and expertise in psychiatric cases; and Andrew Harrison, who is experienced in handling cases of birth-related injury, misdiagnosis and delayed treatment, specialising in disablement and life-limiting injury claims. James Bell joined the firm from Slater and Gordon and brings expertise in amputation and serious brain injury cases.

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

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s β€˜excellent’ and β€˜committed’ practice is β€˜a growing and impressive force in high-value personal injury work’ and has β€˜a strong team of dedicated performers who work enormously hard and with tremendous diligence’. Its solicitors are β€˜well-known in the field, with many great cases to their credit’ and have β€˜a track record for doing good quality work’. Managing partner Vidisha Joshi shows β€˜unending commitment’ to her clients and specialises in high-value cases involving life-changing injuries arising from road traffic accidents and employers liability. The β€˜very thorough’ Leticia Williams is β€˜an excellent litigator’ and has extensive experience in dealing with accidents that have occurred on aeroplanes, package holidays, and in prisons. Also recommended are Isobel Lovett, who is β€˜highly experienced in the field of asbestos litigation’ and handles a range of other work-related illnesses; and Anne Sanders, who provides β€˜very thorough and sound judgement when it comes to strategy’ and specialises in catastrophic injury cases such as serious burns, double amputation and head injury.

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Product liability: claimant
Product liability: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s Peter Todd β€˜is a hugely experienced and impressive’ partner with β€˜a first-class reputation for successfully pursuing difficult and high-profile claims’ relating to injuries caused by vaccines, defective pharmaceutical products, organophosphates and acquired spinal cord and brain injuries. In an illustration of its strength, the practice has been instructed by a number of young women, who allege that their chronic fatigue was caused by the HPV vaccine, and is representing multiple claimants in group litigation against GlaxoSmithKline regarding allegations that the clients developed narcolepsy and cataplexy after receiving the Pandemrix Swine Flu vaccine. The firm is also acting for individuals that have allegedly been injured by defective hip replacements. Isobel Lovett is the name to note for mesothelioma cases and has a wealth of experience in asbestos product claims.

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP has β€˜a highly dedicated team of specialists. Clients feel that they are not only getting expert advice but also a very personal service’. Team head Philippa Barton has β€˜a complete understanding of this practice area, and provides clear and precise advice’. The team is well versed in property and affairs deputyships for clients who have received high-value personal injury awards.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Jacqueline Major heads the team at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, which is β€˜determined to offer a full and high level of service to every client’, and is well versed in private and public law family matters. Deborah Johnson has β€˜a really big heart. She has a lot of experience under her belt’. Bharti Shah is β€˜supportive’, and senior associate Sara Upton is β€˜diligent’. Teena Dhanota-Jones joined from Curzon Green Solicitors.

Leading individuals

Toby Hales - Seddons

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

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Ian Lane and Nicola Waldman are the names to note at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP. The team represents a wide range of clients from celebrities and notable families to non-domiciles and families in dispute. The group has recently handled the administration of multimillion-pound estates, family trusts, and UK inheritance tax matters in addition to advising on disputed estates and 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 renowned for its claimant work, bringing judicial reviews in taking action against the police, miscarriages of justice and a range of other matters. Susie Labinjoh co-heads the practice and has brought a judicial review against the Secretary of State for Justice for an individual, who was denied compensation after their conviction was quashed on grounds that fresh evidence allegedly failed to show that the claimant was innocent beyond reasonable doubt. Widely considered to be β€˜at the forefront of human rights law’, Jocelyn Cockburnalso leads the team and is acting for Neville Lawrence in several high-profile matters, including a National Crime Agency investigation into allegations of police corruption and the Undercover Policing Inquiry being led by Sir Christopher Pitchford. Sasha Barton is well regarded with Alice Hardy and the β€˜very compassionate and knowledgeable’ Nancy Collins, who joined from Bhatt Murphy and Irwin Mitchell, respectively.

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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’s β€˜brilliant’ civil liberties team is jointly headed by Jocelyn Cockburn, who sits β€˜at the forefront of human rights law’, and Susie Labinjoh. The group is representing the relatives of servicemen killed in Iraq while aboard Snatch Land Rovers and acts for a number of protesters in various claims for false imprisonment, assault and European Convention on Human Rights breaches against the police. The β€˜hard working, intelligent and well-informed’ Nancy Collins is β€˜very supportive of clients’; she recently settled a human rights violation case for the relatives of Luisa Mendes whose body was found by the police following a late response to emergency calls reporting domestic abuse. Other recent work includes representing core participant Neville Lawrence in the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover policing, and acting for claimants pursuing misfeasance in public office claims against two chief constables arising from the Hillsborough disaster, which concern allegations of the propagation of a known false narrative to defect blame for the incident. Sasha Barton handled a misfeasance in public office claim against the police and the Crown Prosecution Service following their failure to comply with evidence disclosure obligations during a murder trial.

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 is β€˜an excellent firm at the top of its game’, and its team is β€˜highly competent and dedicated to the best interests of its clients’. The group β€˜has a well-deserved reputation’ for representing clients in disrepair matters, possession claims, homelessness issues, illegal evictions and judicial reviews. Recent highlights include advising several residents of the Strawberry Vale estate in a compensation claim relating to a breach of duty after the residents were left without a gas supply; acting for a single mother in a homelessness application that was refused by Westminster City Council; and handling a disrepair claim for a leaseholder related to water damage from repeated flooding. Jayesh Kunwardia, who leads the department, β€˜is a master tactician’ and β€˜a true force of nature in the area’ and has a reputation for handling β€˜ground-breaking’ work. Other names to note include Daniel Fitzpatrick, who is a β€˜key and steadying lynch pin’; β€˜outstanding practitioner’ Farzana Chowdhury; and Sophie Bell, who is β€˜a top performer who leaves no stone unturned in the fight for her clients’.

Leading individuals

Jayesh Kunwardia - Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sophie Bell - Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

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