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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Nigel Richardson leads Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors' criminal practice, which is very well known for handling cases involving serious sexual offences, murder, drugs, and matters with a human rights element. Raj Chada is 'unflappable' and 'totally committed to his clients'. Kiran Mehta is 'incisive and effective'.

Practice head(s):Nigel Richardson

Other key lawyers:Raj Chada; Kiran Mehta

Testimonials

'Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors is a firm willing to go the extra mile for every client'.

'The team provides a top-class and personal service that clients love'.

'Nigel Richardson is first class; calm, knowledgeable, vastly experienced and sensitive with lay clients'.

'Kiran Mehta is a formidable lawyer who single-mindedly perseveres in the face of adversity and achieves what few could'.

Work highlights

  • Represented 15 defendants who prevented a plane deporting refugees from taking off at Stansted airport by blocking the runway.
  • Acted for the communications manager of a high-profile charity after she was charged with trying to illegally smuggle a refugee into the UK from the 'Calais Jungle' camp after the refugee was found in the boot of her car; the defendant was found not guilty.
Leading individuals

Nigel Richardson - Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

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

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors advises clients on matters such as corruption, bribery, financial sanctions and has particular experience of cases that arose from the financial crisis. The firm has teams that specialise in confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime Act and acts in publicly and privately funded cases. It regularly defends clients in investigations by the SFO, HMRC and FCA. Clients include high-net-worth individuals and senior executives. Leo Martin was recently promoted to partner.

Other key lawyers:Leo Martin; Raj Chada; Kiran Mehta; Ruth Harris

Testimonials

‘Raj Chada immediately explains and reassures you o’.

‘The firm is almost unique in being a large firm dealing with the whole spectrum of criminal law that contains a highly-specialised financial crime team able to compete with firms who focus only on this area’.

‘The partners are all highly accomplished and respected lawyers, and they are supported by industrious and motivated associates and senior associates'.

‘There is no better firm undertaking publicly funded defence in fraud cases. The level of service they provide to private clients can compete with those firms who specialise in such work’.

‘Ruth Harris is diligent and thoughtful’.

‘Leo Martin is intelligent and hard-working but also very warm, personable and engaging’.

‘A forward-thinking, successful criminal firm who are fast-rising in the world of financial crime and fraud’.

‘Kiran Mehta has the ability to cut straight to the root cause of issues; he is a brilliant lawyer who moves from outlining the actual issues to practical solutions’.

Key Clients

Carlo Palombo

Jalpa Trivedi

Michael Boorman

Mark Hawkins

Debczak-Debski

Michael Moore

Marcus Allen

Alin Mag

Jie Huang

Work highlights

  • Represented an ex-Barclays derivatives trader accused by the SFO of attempting to manipulate interbank offer rates.
  • Representing an accountant accused of fabricating company and tax records with a view to assisting foreign nationals applying for UK visas.
  • Represented an individual in alleged involvement in a fraud concerning the illegitimate supply of mobile phone contracts to students.
  • Continue to be instructed by a remaining defendant in the on-going Operation Tabernula prosecution - the largest and most complex ever FCA prosecution for insider dealing.
  • Acting for one of the defendants in a £60m Chinese money laundering prosecution.

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London: Human resources

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

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

The 'fresh and pragmatic' employment team at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors has expertise in complex discrimination claims, employment termination matters and senior-level exits. It acts for a wide range of industry sector clients. Described as 'first-class' by clients, Homa Wilson has considerable experience in complex multi-issue discrimination claims and is recommended for her ability to win high-value settlements for clients. Susie Al-Qassab is also a key practitioner in the team, having joined the partnership from Howard Kennedy LLP.

Other key lawyers:Homa Wilson; Susie Al-Qassab

Testimonials

'The HJA team is really strong and they always strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients.'

'Homa Wilson is an excellent lawyer who provides high-quality advice to a range of individuals and company clients.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in an age discrimination and whistleblowing case in the higher education sector.
  • Achieved a settlement for a senior manager in the charity sector who was offered redundancy after the implementation of a TUPE transfer.
  • Acted for a company director in a disability discrimination claim and secured reasonable adjustments following a unilateral change in her working conditions.
  • Assisting a medical professional with securing continued employment in the face of rejection due to historical convictions.
  • Representing a senior director in claims for disability-related discrimination and constructive dismissal in relation to treatment to which he was subjected following a diagnosis of cancer and heart disease.

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

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors' employment team advises senior executives on a broad range of matters, including employment tribunal litigation, disability discrimination, redundancies, bullying claims and severance packages.

Key Clients

Junior doctor

Associate Professor

Senior Manager

Teaching Assistant

Teacher

Lawyer

Work highlights

  • Representing a senior director in employment tribunal litigation pursuing claims for disability related discrimination and constructive dismissal in relation to treatment to which he was subjected following a diagnosis of cancer and heart disease.
  • Achieved a £125,000 settlement for a senior manager who was offered redundancy after the implementation of a TUPE transfer.
  • Acted for a company director in a disability discrimination claim. Secured reasonable adjustments following a unilateral change in her working conditions.
  • Acted for the head of legal of a well-known charity in a stress and bullying claim.
  • Advised a senior in-house lawyer who was being bullied and harassed by her line manager.

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London: Insurance

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

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors handles a wide array of medical negligence cases that range in value from several thousands to million-pound settlements. The team is composed of experts who bring a mix of previous medical experience to the application of law in difficult cases, which often elicit human rights' elements. Obstetric and maternal injuries, brain and spinal injury cases, surgery errors, misdiagnoses, delays in treatment and GP negligence are all key areas of activity for the practice. The team, which is headed by Agata Usewicz , includes the 'thoughtful' Nina Ali, whose expertise spans psychiatric cases, as well as former head of Slater and Gordon's London clinical negligence team James Bell.

Practice head(s):Agata Usewicz

Other key lawyers:James Bell; Nina Ali; Dawn Treloar

Testimonials

'A team which is known - rightly - for never giving up on a lost cause. Ruthless with defendants but really thoughtful with clients.'

'A leading firm with a wealth of experience. The team is capable of dealing comfortably and expertly with all sizes and types of claim, including very high value and complex claims.'

'I have been given total support by this law practice throughout my claim and every question I have raised concerning the ongoing litigation has been answered clearly and quickly. They are, undoubtedly, a leader in their field of expertise.'

'Agata Usewicz is easy to work with and gets good results.'

'James Bell is very experienced and knowledgeable - aware of all the recent cases and how best to use them. He is a safe pair of hands for the most difficult cases.'

Work highlights

  • Reached a capitalised settlement of £8m on behalf of a claimant in a birth injury case against a hospital.
  • Represented clients in a fatal claim against two GPs and ambulance service for the failure to recognise the symptoms of sepsis in an infant.
  • Acted for claimant who sustained a brain injury due to Herpes Simplex Encephalitis, following delay in admission to hospital and treatment.
  • Acted in a claim against a hospital for negligent failure to appropriately manage the client’s caesarean section wound, resulting in recurrent infections and a psychiatric injury.
  • Representing an acclaimed opera singer in a claim against a surgeon regarding surgery negligence resulting in bone and muscle damage.

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

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors undertakes the full gamut of personal injury matters, including cases of brain, spinal and other catastrophic injuries arising from all types of accidents. The team 'delivers a first-class service', and has a wealth of experience in dealing with inquests, fatal cases, repetitive strain and chronic pain. The firm houses a department of experts in asbestos disease litigation led by Isobel Lovett, who specialises in claims for those affected by mesothelioma and other related illnesses. Patrick Allen's experience spans complex personal injury and multi-party cases, while Riffat Yaqub frequently acts for those who lack capacity (children and clients under the Mental Capacity act) in claims encompassing road traffic accidents, employer liability and sexual abuse. Leticia Williams leads the team.

Practice head(s):Leticia Williams

Other key lawyers:Isobel Lovett; Patrick Allen; Riffat Yaqub; Louise Jukes

Testimonials

'With the continuing superlative support of the great Patrick Allen, the firm has strength across all of its practice areas.'

'This is one of the leading firms in the PI sector, innovative, energetic and responsive to clients' needs and rapidly changing legal and market landscapes.'

'Had it not been for this firm, we would have accepted a fraction of what was due, purely to put a bad period in our lives behind us.'

'The industrial disease team is particularly experienced and effective in dealing with asbestos claims and in my experience is the equal of any other in this field.'

'Isobel Lovett is a tenacious litigator who always gives 100% for her clients.  In addition to her ability as a litigator, Isobel also appreciates the "human element" of such claims and has an excellent manner with clients.'

'Riffat Yaqub is extraordinary. She is very talented and focused, leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of success for her clients.'

Work highlights

  • Settling a road traffic accident case for £185,000, where a 79-year-old pedestrian (claimant) was struck by a reversing motor vehicle.
  • Acted for a victim of a road traffic accident, who sustained a brain injury and developed cognitive impairments with significant psychiatric symptoms.
  • Representing the family of a man who suffered fatal injuries when he fell down an excavation in the street (the claim involves five defendants).
  • Representing three foreign claimants against Cumberland Hotel, after they were attacked by an intruder in their rooms and sustained psychological injuries.
  • Reached a £500,000 settlement for a claimant who suffered multiple catastrophic injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors has a particular focus on property and affairs deputyship work especially for clients with large damages awards for injuries. The skilled team advises on an array of matters from dealing with urgent applications to the court for approval to buy a property through to contested deputyship applications. The team now has 58 professional deputyships and acts as professional trustee on 35 trusts. Head of team Philippa Barton is recommended.

Practice head(s):Philippa Barton

Other key lawyers:Angela Nunn

Testimonials

'The team has managed to create a compassionate yet professional, efficient and understanding approach to clients and their welfare'.

'Philippa Barton is very good at her job, a very nice and helpful and polite lady. Got on very well with Philippa. She understood me'.

'Angela Nunn's knowledge and experience mixed with her sheer determination, means that she will not be swayed by current fads or trends, but remains focused on the client to achieve the best solution'.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors has a strong and growing practice which includes a focus on pre-marital agreements and complex financial cases for which head of team Jacqueline Major is regularly instructed. The team is also experienced in advising on divorce and separation as well as finance and property disputes. Other core areas include advising on cohabitation agreements, adoption, domestic abuse and private contact disputes with children. The team also has qualified mediators.

Practice head(s):Jacqueline Major

Testimonials

'The team was incredibly kind, thoughtful and very knowledgeable, in a world I knew nothing about at a very hard time. There was empathy and help. Jacqueline Major – She was firm, informed, empathetic, bright, and steered me through a very rocky and hurtful passage'.

Work highlights

  • Represented its client in a divorce and high-net-worth financial provision matter with complex jurisdictional issues.
  • Representing its client in a range of proceedings following the breakdown of his relationship, and arising out of a criminal prosecution for extreme pornography.
  • Representing a client who is heir to a £250m legacy on a premarital agreement and on wealth planning.
  • Represented its client in divorce and financial provisions issues where there was a complicated trust fund.
  • Represented its client in relation to a complex Schedule 1 financial provision (unmarried parties) matter.

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London: Public sector

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

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

The team at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors has a strong public inquiry practice; Jocelyn Cockburn is representing core participants in a number of inquests concerning allegations of police misconduct (and continues to handle matters relating to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry) and air pollution levels, and Nancy Collins is supporting core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Alice Hardy has a strong reputation for handling judicial review challenges with a particular emphasis on representing vulnerable individuals such as detainees, care home residents and sexual assault victims subject to rights violations by public bodies. Through her work with Humanists UK, Collins is also a leading figure in the challenge to the government’s assisted dying laws.

Practice head(s):Susie Labinjoh

Other key lawyers:Jocelyn Cockburn; Alice Hardy; Nancy Collins

Testimonials

'A great firm with many talented lawyers in the field of administrative and public law'

'A top-rate practice'

'Alice Hardy is absolutely amazing'

'Jocelyn Cockburn is excellent'

Key Clients

Neville Lawrence

Kissi-Debrah family

Humanists UK

Core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Ian Cook

Sarah Burwin as litigation friend for her daughter Katie Stafford

The family of Matthew Gray

Jobson and Clemo

Numerous protestors bringing claims against the police

Dunn, Higgins & Jones

Work highlights

  • Representing Dr Neville Lawrence OBE in an inquiry into undercover policing practices following the death of his son, Stephen Lawrence.
  • Representing the family of Ella Kissi-Debrah in seeking a new inquest to investigate whether air pollution was a contributing factor to her fatal asthma attack.
  • Acting for Humanists UK in an intervention in a case challenging the ban on assisted dying.
  • Representing over 40 core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, including bereaved families.
  • Representing over 60 anti-English Defence League protestors in claims against the Metropolitan Police arising from their mass arrest.

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

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

The 'strong team' at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors is renowned for its work regarding the accountability of public authorities, including the prison service and the police. Co-led by Susie Labinjoh and Jocelyn Cockburn, the team specialises in high-profile and often high-value actions against the state and represents an array of clients, including victims of rape and sexual assault (particularly in relation to failure of the police to investigate their claims), victims of miscarriages of justice, and family members in inquests (especially relating to deaths in state detention). Nancy Collins is leading the firm's work on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Practice head(s):Susie Labinjoh; Jocelyn Cockburn

Other key lawyers:Nancy Collins; Alice Hardy; Sasha Borton; Guy Mitchell; Cormac McDonough; Claire Brigham

Testimonials

'They have expertise across a range of legal areas, including actions against the police, inquests, public inquiries, claims involving military personnel and miscarriage of justice compensation. They have a true depth of expertise and work collaboratively and effectively together.'

'Susie Labinjoh is hugely experienced and brings a wealth of common sense to her work.'

'Alice Hardy, Nancy Collins and Sasha Barton all are superb on the law and have an excellent eye for detail. Cormac McDonough is a definite rising star.'

'Jocelyn Cockburn, Guy Mitchell, Susie Labinjoh, Sasha Barton and Alice Hardy are all excellent lawyers working in the field. Jocelyn has taken, and won, many high-profile human rights cases.'

'The team have a longstanding commitment to their clients. They are thorough and have the ability to give holistic and sensitive advice to some of society's most vulnerable individuals.'

Key Clients

Kissi Debrah family (air pollution inquest)

Core participants to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Numerous protestors bringing claims against the police

Neville Lawrence

LXB and others (Hillsborough-related litigation)

Skelton

Da Costa

Humanists UK

Dunn, Higgins & Jones

Motasim

Work highlights

  • Representing the family of Ella Kissi-Debrah, who died aged six following an asthma attack, in seeking a new inquest to investigate if air pollution was a contributory factor in her death.
  • Representing over 40 core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Representing over 60 anti-English Defence League protestors in claims against the Metropolitan Police arising from their mass arrest in 2013, after participating in a demonstration against the EDL.
  • Representing Dr Neville Lawrence OBE, the father of Stephen Lawrence, in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
  • Acting for families of victims and survivors of the Hillsborough disaster in claims for misfeasance in public office against the Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police and the Chief Constable for West Midlands Police and claims for negligence against Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police.
Leading individuals

Jocelyn Cockburn - Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

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London: Real estate

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

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors operates at the top end of the market for housing advice, and is sought out top assist with the most complex and significant issues impacting the area. Daniel Fitzpatrick and team head Jayesh Kunwardia are representing 42 clients in the inquiry connected with the Grenfell Tower fire, and have also advised on associated rehousing issues. In addition, Kunwardia acted for a former resident of Grenfell Tower in a claim arising from the failure by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to offer suitable accommodation in the aftermath of the fire. Another notable individual in the team is Farzana Chowdhury, who has experience of acting for vulnerable tenants and individuals with mental health issues; she is particularly active in possession cases involving allegations of nuisance and anti-social behaviour. Sophie Bell is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jayesh Kunwardia

Other key lawyers:Daniel Fitzpatrick; Farzana Chowdhury; Sophie Bell; Satvir Sahota; Siddiq Fazaluddin

Key Clients

Grenfell Public Inquiry

Work highlights

  • Represented a client (a non-secure tenant) in a disrepair claim against a London local authority.
  • Acted for the appellant (an individual with significant mobility issues) in a hearing before the Court of Appeal concerning a homelessness case arising from the unsuitability of temporary accommodation offered to the client.
  • Acted for a client in a successful appeal to the County Court, arising from a decision made by a local authority that the client was intentionally homeless.
  • Defended a tenant against a possession claim brought by a landlord for rent arrears, with a counterclaim brought for disrepair and damages for not protecting the tenant's deposit under a tenancy deposit protection scheme.
  • Represented a client in a successful homelessness appeal to the County Court.
Leading individuals

Jayesh Kunwardia - Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

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Sophie Bell - Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

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