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London-based Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors offers personal law services specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence, family, civil liberties and human rights, social housing, employment, crime and serious fraud, dispute resolution, wills, probate and court of protection matters.

The firm: Since it was founded in 1977, Hodge Jones & Allen has earned a reputation for using the power of the law to assert and defend people's rights against negligence, powerful institutions or the state. The ongoing provision of a high-quality service is acknowledged by the high level of past client referrals. The firm's founding and senior partner is Patrick Allen. The Managing partner is Vidisha Joshi. The firm employs over 227 staff and four decades on remains committed to providing first-class legal assistance with flexible funding options. The solicitors are often involved with cutting-edge legal actions that have made headlines and advance the law.

Hodge Jones & Allen runs an extremely popular training scheme for candidates. Its successful two-year solicitor training programme involves four seats of six-month duration and has been selected as a leading training provider by the Lex 100. The firm is independently accredited with the Investor in People (Gold) and Lexcel standards and is a Lex 100 Winner for 2018/19 in the following categories: job satisfaction, quality of work and client contact. It is a campaigner for people's rights and an active supporter of charities and support groups.

Types of work undertaken:

Criminal Litigation - A leading national practice that has specialist niches in a number of areas. Each niche has dedicated teams led by award winning and expert partners. Strategically astute lawyers, innovative and fearless in their approach to litigation, ensure the highest standard of representation and client care. They have the experience and knowledge to successfully lead a team of counsel, experts and witnesses for the best outcome for the client. Particularly well known in relation to cases which may be politically sensitive, involve reputation management issues for the client or involve robust challenge to prosecution evidence. Specialist areas include serious and complex crime, cyber /IT crime, sex, youth, extradition and protest and terrorism work.

Financial and Regulatory - Instructed nationwide by corporates and individuals, the practice has acted in some of the most significant investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), National Crime Agency (NCA), the FCA and other bodies. Such investigations have included fraud, corruption, interest rate manipulation, insider dealing, economic sanction breaches, account freezing orders and tax investigations. Our team are experienced in conducting expert analysis of often niche financial transactions and are able to effectively convey what may initially appear to be overwhelmingly complex issues. Advises corporates/individuals on anti-corruption compliance and risk management. Wide ranging regulatory practice, and well versed in disciplinary procedures (often overlapping with criminal investigations) involving the professional regulatory bodies of lawyers, accountants, medical professionals and sports persons.

Personal Injury and Industrial Disease: Vidisha Joshi's highly experienced team acts for all victims of injury. Cases range across road traffic and accident at work claims to highly complex catastrophic cases, mesothelioma and industrial disease and multi-party actions, including Pandemrix. The firm is accredited by Headway, Child Brain Injury Trust and the Spinal Injuries Association.

Medical Negligence: led by Agata Usewicz, this dedicated team has significant experience in obtaining damages for injured patients with brain injury, birth injury, orthopaedics, anaesthetics, psychiatry, cardiology, ophthalmology, general surgery, fatal claims and inquests.

Family Law: another specialist team which advises on all family matters from relationship breakdowns to domestic violence and complex financial disputes. Solicitors include members of Resolution, the Law Society's children and family law panels and the Child Abduction panel.

Civil liberties and Human Rights: the firm handles a range of claims against the police, public law challenges, inquests and human rights cases for military personnel. It wins sizeable awards for many victims who suffer miscarriages of justice; the most publicised include the Bridgewater Four and the M25 Three, Snatch Land Rover and acting for Neville Lawrence.

Housing & Property: one of the firm's top-tier dedicated teams advise on social housing, property disputes and tenant law in the UK.

Wills, Deputyship & Probate: the firm's specialist team deals with wills, trust and tax matters, probate and wealth management. A full deputyship service is provided for clients lacking mental capacity to manage the affairs of brain injured clients, children and the elderly.

Dispute Resolution: a niche team handles civil disputes, professional negligence and mis-use of information claims.

Employment Law: the employment team advises employees and employers on the full range of employment law issues, including high-value discrimination cases, redundancies and senior executive disputes.

  • Number of UK partners: 47
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 117
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Personal Injury and Medical Negligence: 32
  • Criminal Defence: 22
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights: 13
  • Family Law: 4
  • Housing and Landlord and Tenant Litigation: 18
  • Private Client: 5
  • Employment Law: 3
  • Dispute Resolution: 3

  • Languages
  • French
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  • Spanish
  • Bengali
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Gujarati
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Romanian
  • Slovak
  • Bosnian
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  • Serbian
  • Urdu
  • Welsh
  • Chinese (Cantonese
  • Member
  • US and UK Embassies legal panels
  • STEP London
  • Law Society of England and Wales

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