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Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
180 NORTH GOWER STREET
LONDON
NW1 2NB
London

Living Wage

Crime: general Tier 1

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'.

Social housing: tenant Tier 1

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.

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

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.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

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.

Employment: employees/unions Tier 2

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.

Administrative and public law Tier 3

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.

Court of protection Tier 3

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.

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 3

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.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

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.

Employment: senior executives Tier 4

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.

Family Tier 4

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.

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors offer award-winning personal legal services. The firm has experienced, top tier teams of solicitors who specialise in personal injury, medical negligence, industrial disease, civil liberties, criminal defence, Court of Protection, dispute resolution, employment, family law, financial crime and regulatory, social housing, wills & probate and property disputes.

Founded in 1977, Hodge Jones & Allen has earned its unique reputation for ‘fighting for justice’. To this day the firm remains committed to providing first-class legal help to right wrongs, gain justice and the right results for clients. These strong values, including the work undertaken, has sought to become one of the UK’s most progressive law firms. For over 40 years’ the firm has been at the centre of many of the UK’s landmark legal cases that have changed the lives and rights of many people.

Senior partner, Patrick Allen is a past president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). The firm is independently accredited by Lexcel and as a firm have been recognised for the work winning many major legal awards in 2019.

Hodge Jones & Allen provides a wide range of legal services including:

Personal Injury
With an ever growing reputation, the personal injury lawyers act only for the victims of injury. It offers a wide range of services helping those affected by personal injuries including brain injuries, spinal injuries, fatal injuries, psychiatric injuries and amputations. Moreover, different types of accidents including at work, road traffic and accidents abroad. The team is partners with organisations such as Headway, the Spinal Injuries Association, RoadPeace and the Child Brain Injury Trust.

Medical Negligence
The team includes former nurses and a former GP who dedicate their time to represent people who have been negligently injured or suffered negligent care. The team’s expertise and reputation has led them to deal with various complex matters involving birth, brain and spinal injury and other medical negligence cases.

Criminal Defence
A cutting-edge criminal practice, representing clients in high profile cases including drugs trafficking, murder and sex crimes. The department is led by highly experienced partners, each an acknowledged expert in particular fields of criminal law.

Family Law
The specialist family law team passionately believe that sensitivity, realism and a careful approach must come first with any family matter. The team advises on all family law matters including divorce, financial arrangements, civil partnership, matters involving children including adoption and international surrogacy.

Civil Liberties & Human Rights
The firm handles the range of claims against the police, inquests and miscarriages of justice. The team represents families of soldiers seeking human rights in combat and has won sizable awards for many victims of injustice, including the Bridgewater Four and the M25 Three. The team has acted in a number of high profile cases, including representation of Neville Lawrence (father of Stephen Lawrence), the family of Fiona Pilkington as well as the mother of Ella Kissi-Debrah.

Property & Social Housing
The firm acts in a wide range of landlord and tenant contentious matters such as possession claims, disrepair claims, and breach of covenant disputes. Although the team represents mainly tenants, it also acts for private and social landlords. The team also conducts public law challenges to decisions regarding homelessness and other housing issues.

Private Client
The team provides a full-service including wills, probate intestacy and estate administration, tax advice, lasting powers of attorney and court of protection work. The team has special expertise in dealing with complex intestate estates with accredited STEP members.

Employment
The employment team advises employees and employers on the full range of employment law issues, from high-value discrimination cases to handling redundancies, contract and director disputes as well as advising HR teams in businesses on disputes, redundancies, contracts & policy drafting.

Dispute Resolution
Specialists provide a full service which includes professional negligence, contentious probate, property disputes, debt recovery, contract disputes and breach of fiduciary duty. The firm’s specialists have years of experience dealing with difficult and challenging cases and are members of professionally recognised bodies.

Financial Crime & Regulatory
Jointly headed by Kiran Mehta & Ruth Harris, the team advises individuals and companies in a broad range of white-collar criminal and regulatory issues. The team has successfully acted in many complex, high profile cases, including FCA insider dealing, SFO EURIBOR manipulation and bribery allegations and multi-jurisdictional fraud conspiracies. The team is also currently engaged in a range of regulatory matters, including FCA action against bankers and MHRA action against healthcare companies.

Industrial Disease
The industrial disease team who are APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) accredited solicitors handle all type of industrial diseases and illness, including mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and dermatitis claims.

Court of Protection
The specialist Court of Protection team act for clients to ensure their interests are protected. The court appoints deputies to look after the financial affairs and welfare of people who are mentally incapacitated. The team’s lawyers are known for being dedicated to acting in the best interest of their clients.

RECRUITMENT:  Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors aims to provide employees with the best workplace possible and each year up to ten candidates are selected to enter the firm’s highly regarded, trainee programme. We are incredibly proud that we are a Lex 100 Winners for 2018/19 in the following categories: job satisfaction, quality of work and client contact.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner & Head of Personal Injury Vidisha Joshi vjoshi@hja.net 020 7874 8300
Senior Partner Patrick Allen pallen@hja.net 020 7874 8468
Civil Liberties & Human Rights Susie Labinjoh slabinjoh@hja.net 020 7874 8466
Civil Liberties & Human Rights Jocelyn Cockburn jcockburn@hja.net 020 7874 8452
Clinical negligence Agata Usewicz ausewicz@hja.net 020 7874 8462
Criminal defence Nigel Richardson nrichardson@hja.net 020 7874 8368
Criminal defence Raj Chada rchada@hja.net 020 7874 8367
Family and children Jacqueline Major jmajor@hja.net 020 7874 8535
Housing & Property Jayesh Kunwardia jkunwardia@hja.net 020 7874 8430
Housing litigation Daniel Fitzpatrick dfitzpatrick@hja.net 020 7874 8434
Multi-party (PI/medical negligence/product liability) Peter Todd ptodd@hja.net 020 7874 8467
Deputyship Philippa Barton pbarton@hja.net 020 7874 8477
Dispute resolution Chun Wong cwong@hja.net 020 7874 8470
Wills and probate Ian Lane ilane@hja.net 020 7874 8568
Industrial disease Isobel Lovett ilovett@hja.net 020 7874 8502
Employment Joseph Nicholls jnicholls@hja.net 020 7874 8425
Employment Homa Wilson hwilson@hja.net 020 7874 8532
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nina Ali  photo Nina Ali
 Patrick Allen  photo Patrick Allen
 Sasha Barton  photo Sasha Barton
 Philippa Barton  photo Philippa Barton
 James Bell  photo James Bell
 Sophie Bell  photo Sophie Bell
 Sean Caulfield  photo Sean Caulfield
 Raj Chada  photo Raj Chada
 Farzana Chowdhury  photo Farzana Chowdhury
 Jocelyn Cockburn  photo Jocelyn Cockburn
 Nancy Collins  photo Nancy Collins
 Ingrid Esien  photo Ingrid Esien
 Daniel Fitzpatrick  photo Daniel Fitzpatrick
 Vanessa Friend  photo Vanessa Friend
 Alice Hardy  photo Alice Hardy
 Ruth Harris  photo Ruth Harris
 Andrew Harrison  photo Andrew Harrison
 Graeme Hydari  photo Graeme Hydari
 Edward Jones  photo Edward Jones
 Claire Kitchen  photo Claire Kitchen
 Jayesh Kunwardia  photo Jayesh Kunwardia
 Susie Labinjoh  photo Susie Labinjoh
 Ian Lane  photo Ian Lane
 Isobel Lovett  photo Isobel Lovett
 Jacqueline Major  photo Jacqueline Major
 Leo Martin  photo Leo Martin
 Kiran Mehta  photo Kiran Mehta
 Hina Modha  photo Hina Modha
 Gary Monks  photo Gary Monks
 Angela Nunn  photo Angela Nunn
 Jeetesh Patel  photo Jeetesh Patel
 Anita Rattan  photo Anita Rattan
 Nigel Richardson  photo Nigel Richardson
 Anne Sanders  photo Anne Sanders
 Bharti Shah  photo Bharti Shah
 Kerry Spence  photo Kerry Spence
 Adam Tear  photo Adam Tear
 Tim Thomas  photo Tim Thomas
Mr Peter Todd  photo Mr Peter Todd
 Dawn Treloar  photo Dawn Treloar
 Agata Usewicz  photo Agata Usewicz
 Nicola Waldman  photo Nicola Waldman
Ms Leticia Williams  photo Ms Leticia Williams
 Homa Wilson  photo Homa Wilson
 Chun Wong  photo Chun Wong
 Emma Wray  photo Emma Wray
 Riffat Yaqub  photo Riffat Yaqub
Number of UK partners : 47
Number of other UK fee-earners : 117
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At Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors we actively promote equality and diversity in the workplace. We believe in creating equal opportunities for everyone regardless of gender, background or disability.

We obviously oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination and are committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in our policies, practices and procedures and in those areas in which it has influence.

Respecting and embracing individuality

We’re committed to creating an environment where people are respected as individuals and everyone is treated fairly, equally and with attention, courtesy and respect.

We annually monitor our equality and diversity. We also submit our information to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which is published in their diversity report.

Equality and Diversity in Recruitment with a diverse workforce

The law does not discriminate in terms of sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and neither do we.

We feel that as far as possible we should also reflect this in our people.

We pursue an equality and diversity policy with our recruitment procedures; recognising the benefits of having a diverse workforce. The firm treats all job applicants equally and fairly and will not discriminate unjustifiably against them.

We apply the same policy in our treatment of our clients, other lawyers, experts and barristers instructed by us in the treatment of any other third parties.

When recruiting, we ensure that applications are attracted from all sexes, races, ages, and people with disabilities regardless of sexual orientation or religion or beliefs.

At Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors we ensure that employment opportunities are open and accessible to all on individual qualities and personal merit. Equal opportunities feature in all stages of the recruitment process.

Blind recruitment for trainees

We use blind recruitment for our trainee solicitor programme. This means that candidates will be selected for interview on the basis of their application form, without reference to their personal details or which school and university they
attended. This will ensure that only the best candidates are selected regardless of their background.

Flexibility

A number of our staff enjoy working flexibly and we provide paid maternity and shared parental leave entitlements for our staff. We retain valuable skills and experience by providing flexible working arrangements for those returning after a long period of leave. We look at all possibilities to attract and retain individuals being as flexible as we can allow.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Very efficient lawyer in resolving my disrepair claim four months from start to finish. The lawyer handling my case was very professional throughout and kept me informed at every stage, apart from one visit from the property surveyor everything was dealt with via email or phone which I found easier than visiting the office. Apart from being professional the lawyer was friendly and took time to explain some points I didn’t fully understand. I would personally recommend this company to anyone looking for a reliable service and if the need arises I won’t hesitate using again myself.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: My case was handled with professionalism and punctuality. I liked the attitude of being kept informed of the possibility of a good or not so good an outcome. Advice offered, but in no sense was there a feeling of excessive persuasion or persistence. A good outcome, from having had an accident 2016, until now – 3years – later, when my case was satisfactorily settled.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I approached Hodge Jones & Allen a few months ago after my landlords unfairly served me with an eviction notice, HJA were happy to take on my case and as such spent a lot of time and effort in compiling a very thorough and detailed case file and building a very strong defence for me; while keeping in constant contact with me at all times. Eventually, when we went to court, my solicitor attended with me. The outcome being that the judge ruled in my favour and cancelled the eviction notice effective immediately. I am very satisfied with all the assistance I received from my solicitor and HJA as a whole. Therefore, I would highly recommend HJA for anyone in need of legal assistance and/or representation.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I cannot thank Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors enough for their help with my case. They were sensitive, kind, and extremely efficient, keeping me informed throughout, resulting in winning my case. I would highly recommend their services to anyone.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: It’s unbelievable what these brilliant people have done for me. I have a home I have some money I have a future! God bless you all you are Amazing! I cannot thank you enough for helping me in very difficult times. Totally awesome people that actually care for their clients. Unreal


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I am so grateful for finding HJA… Especially Peter Todd and his team. They assisted me through a very hard time and long process and got me a better result than I ever expected. I would highly recommend Peter as he made a very stressful time as easy as it could have been for me. Always available to contact anytime and very helpful, I also feel he goes far beyond his call of duty with regards to support and advice which was greatly appreciated during a tough time. I would be more than happy to recommend to anyone. Thank you again Peter (and team) for everything you done for me.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I instructed Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors to represent a vulnerable young female who was under 16 in a complex case which had already been to court and back a number of times. I had serious concerns about the implications of criminal court proceedings for this young person and Elena Papamichael listened to my concerns carefully. In less that 48 hours after she received the papers for the case she was successful in persuading prosecution to drop charges. I am very grateful.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: The lawyer who assisted me was very kind. He understood my situation and gave me the support and advice I needed. I think they have a translator if your first language is not English. That really is appreciated a lot.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Have been using Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors twice now. I couldn’t have asked for a better solicitor company to deal with my case. Communication was great, always updating me what going on and even the advice my solicitor (Edward) gave to me really help my decisions. I would definitely recommend Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors to my family and friends. I very appreciate the work they have put in.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I instructed Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors to help me with Housing Review case. They were friendly and professional both Rishi and Shabnam. My solicitor who win the case was Shabnam Shekarian and she knows everything worth knowing about housing law. She won my case after proving my Local Authority wrong! She followed my instructions as discussed and offered me the best legal advice ever! Would highly recommend. A***


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I have been dealing with Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors and I really couldn’t recommend them enough! Peter Todd is a credit to this company, very professional, very caring and very sensitive. Always had a quick response which really impressed me not once did I have to chase anything up. Most importantly, I could ring up Peter or any of his team and I didn’t feel uncomfortable or feel like I’m bothering them with a stupid question. He was always very polite and answered anything I asked. Made the whole process very clear, kept me updated and I understood what was happening every step of the way. Unbelievable service! Big thanks from all of us.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I wish to express my sincere thanks to James Berry who is the Solicitor assigned to act on behalf of our family and this he has done over the past year. From my initial meeting with James and throughout this process I have been so impressed with not only his professionalism but also the empathy which he has shown. James has not been just another Legal Advisor simply carrying out the duties, he has been there for us and we are very grateful. Thank you James and also all at Hodge Jones & Allen, he is a real credit to you.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I had such a pleasant experience with these solicitors. They kept me fully informed and up to date on everything that went on with my case. My solicitor was absolutely lovely, kind, polite and understanding. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to represent me. 100% recommend to anyone.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Fantastic solicitors. My colleagues had an issue with their commercial landlord who was proving to be very difficult. Our colleagues won hands down against the landlord and had a very positive outcome. Would definitely recommend.


COMPANY/FIRM: Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I can only say Wow. Edward Sharp is a life saver. He is a professional and an excellent listener to details. I have full confidence in him and he has my total respect. He has demonstrated competence and effectiveness and knows exactly how to shake up challenging landlords at a minutes notice. I have had a very positive experience with Hodge Jones & Allen.