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Hodge Jones & Allen

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Hodge Jones & Allen fields specialist crime teams to cover areas such as youth, protest, sexual offences, and terrorism, resulting in a department which contains a ‘very diverse set of skilled professionals.‘ The firm is particularly known for its work representing protestors, with notable clients including a number of defendants from the 2021 Bristol riots. Practice head Raj Chada covers public order work and matters involving high profile clients, including MPs. Kerry Spence leads the serious and complex crime unit within the firm, which acts on complex multi-defendant cases. Mike Schwarz has a strong record of acting on human rights, protest and fraud matters. Graeme Hydari specialises in defendants with autism, and acts on the full range of serious crime. Partners Laura O’Brien and Caroline Liggins are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Raj Chada


‘Very diverse set of skilled professionals working as a team.’

‘Always available to share expert advice.’

‘As a firm they have a real team spirit, always sharing knowledge and experience with each other, to the benefit of their clients. They have a superbly dynamic and diverse team of lawyers in the team.’

‘Raj Chada and Mike Schwarz are the best in the business, between them they have been instrumental in every big protester case for the last two decades.’

‘HJA’s criminal solicitors are amongst the leading criminal solicitors in the country. They have been involved in countless landmark cases but also in hundreds if not thousands of important protest cases in the magistrates courts.’

‘Raj Chada, the head of HJA’s criminal team, is a fantastic lawyer who is universally respected. He is also an excellent advocate.’

‘Raj Chada, Mike Schwarz and Laura O’Brien are real standouts in the crime department.’

‘HJA remains committed to doing excellent publicly funded criminal defence work. The team is superby led by Raj Chada, who is an outstanding solicitor and a brilliant advocate.’

Work highlights

  • Obtained the “Ziegler” Judgment from the Supreme Court which has set how European Convention of Human Rights should be interpreted in criminal cases.
  • Defended the “Colston 4” case, involving the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston during a Black Lives Matter Protest in Bristol.
  • Represented Labour MP Apsana Begum, who was acquitted of fraud.

Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 1

Hodge Jones & Allen is ‘an industry leader in social housing law‘, representing clients across a broad spectrum of social housing matters, including possession, illegal eviction anti-social behaviour injunctions and disrepair claims, and provides ‘a valued service for legally-aided clients‘. The practice, headed by ‘exceptional lawyerJayesh Kunwardia, has a strong reputation for its work regarding the administrative law aspects of social housing, such as homelessness reviews, claims for judicial review and discrimination matters, and has a niche specialism in advising victims of domestic abuse and trafficking. ‘ExceptionalFarzana Chowdhury and ‘very well-regardedSophie Bell are both experienced in acting for vulnerable tenants and those with additional needs, such as those with capacity issues. Daniel Fitzpatrick has ‘extensive experience‘ in human rights and discrimination matters and is a lead housing solicitor in the Grenfell inquiry.

Practice head(s):

Jayesh Kunwardia


‘A large team with numerous excellent member and quality across the board. A professional operation with good client care and knowledgable solicitors. A pleasure to work with.’

‘The Social Housing Team at Hodge Jones &Allen have in the last few years grown and developed as one of the strongest firms in Social Housing. They are involved in many of the major Social Housing cases that come before the higher courts and are represented on the Grenfell Inquiry, they now combine tenants rights with a contract to take on discrimination cases in housing. As leaders in the field, they provide great training to their junior solicitors and paralegals who always have an impressive knowledge of all aspects of housing.’

‘As a team they operate in a very organised and efficient way, there is never any question of slippage in terms of directions or making sure if bringing claims that they are on the front foot. Sophie Bell has a great aptitude for representing vulnerable clients.’

‘Hodge Jones & Allen is an industry leader in social housing law. The firm provides an exceptional service for all of its clients in disrepair, possession and homelessness. The firm has a reputation for providing an exceptional level of service and advancement of the law in very high profile cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme court.’

‘Jayesh Kunwardia – an exceptional lawyer and head of the team. He is imaginative and exceptionally committed to the rights of tenants and homeless persons. Dan Fitzpatrick – a gifted lawyer with a fierce commitment to tenants rights. Sophie Bell – a very talented lawyer who is extremely diligent and takes on difficult cases with difficult clients and handles them both with aplomb and achieves outstanding results. Farzana Chowdhury – a quiet but exceptional lawyer who achieves exceptional results with quiet determination and exceptionally hard work.’

‘The social housing team at Hodge Jones & Allen are committed and energetic practitioners. They take on a wide range of cases and provide a valued service for legally-aided clients. They have a particular focus on discrimination and represent many vulnerable clients in this important area.’

‘Sophie Bell is very well-regarded with a consistently high standard of work.’

‘A strong housing team with a wealth of experience across the board.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a number of residents on a widely-publicized challenge to the allocation scheme of a local authority (Lambeth Council) which marked an estate, namely Denby Court for development.
  • Representation of a group of the bereaved, survivors and residents in the ongoing public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017.
  • Successfully represented a client defending an ASB injunction brought by the shared ownership landlord, Rosebery Housing Association, and bringing a counterclaim for disability discrimination, setting a precedent for a top Vento-band damages award for cases of this kind.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Accredited Action Against Medical Accidents panellist Agata Usewicz leads the specialised and diverse clinical negligence team at Hodge Jones & Allen, which is formed of a number of former medical professionals. Its caseload predominantly consists of acting on complex matters including birth injuries and delayed diagnoses, and a significant portion of the cases are also cross-border in nature. The team has a reputation for representing particularly vulnerable clients, namely, individuals who have suffered detrimentally as a result of negligence within mental health services, care systems and those organisations which provide assisted living to the elderly. Qualified cardiology nurse Nina Ali, ‘top-class’ Emma Wray and senior associate Priya Singh are standouts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Agata Usewicz

Other key lawyers:


‘James Bell is a highly experienced litigator handling cases of the highest order and complexity.’

‘Hodge Jones & Allen have a team of experienced and dedicated clinical negligence practitioners. They offer an excellent service to their clients and are highly empathetic. They persist in investigating claims where other firms might not.’

‘Agata Usewicz is highly experienced, very calm, with excellent client care skills, very good judgement and is a pleasure to deal with. Emma Wray’s medical background means she has a very good nose for a case; she is excellent on detail and I would be very happy for her to represent me.’

‘This practice is unique because even the people who are not working on your case are ready to help. They provide a first-class service. I really felt like I was part of the family. They cared about me and my son, their client, who has severe disabilities. I was kept updated on the billing. I also noticed that the firm is very diverse and so are its clients.’

‘Emma Wray was not just a solicitor for my son, but has gone beyond her call of duty to support us when we needed help. Emma has changed our lives for better and words will never describe how grateful I am. I feel blessed receiving help from this firm. Everybody at Hodge Jones & Allen has supported my family for more than 10 years.’

‘James Bell is excellent, highly experienced and effective in clinical negligence casework.’

‘The team comprises many highly experienced individuals, and they have a vast pool of experience to draw upon. They are fearless and (very importantly) extremely cheerful.’

‘Emma Wray and Agata Usewicz are top class.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a family at inquest, leading to a finding that neglect had contributed contributed to the death.
  • Achieved settlements in five separate multi-million pound birth injury cases.
  • Represented the family of a vulnerable man in a judicial review challenge concerning the outcome of his inquest, on the basis that the coroner had acted irrationally in reaching her conclusions; the court ordered that a new inquest be held by a different coroner.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Hodge Jones & Allen‘s team is co-led by head of personal injury Leticia Williams and head of asbestos and ‘first-rate litigator’ Isobel Lovett. The team has a strong reputation for its specialism in complex, retrospective mesothelioma work; notably, Lorna Webster recently secured a six-figure settlement on a significant case against Ford Motor Company. The group also has significant experience dealing with other high-value and complex areas of personal injury, involving such difficult and sensitive factors as psychiatric illness and duty of care; road traffic and workplace accidents resulting in traumatic brain injury; severe orthopaedic injury; spinal cord injury; and amputation. Riffat Yaqub, in whom clients ‘rightly have great confidence, often leads on the team’s most complex cases spanning these areas, and is also experienced in assisting foreign claimants who have sustained serious injuries in the UK.

Practice head(s):

Leticia Williams; Isobel Lovett


‘Patrick Allen is one of the most experienced claimant lawyers practicing in personal injury. He has an interest in justice and also a deep interest in law and law reform, he inspires confidence and has a good rapport with clients.’

‘Riffat Yaqub is a first-class litigator; she is highly organised and skilled at running litigation, including the most complicated, high-profile and high-value claims. Clients rightly have great confidence in her.’

‘A very experienced personal injury team which is adept at dealing with industrial disease claims.’

‘Isobel Lovett has a clear grasp of applicable legal principles, which is allied to an exemplary manner with clients who, rightly, have every confidence in her. She is a first-rate litigator who is always ‘at the top of her game’.’

‘The key strengths of the team are their medical knowledge, client care, empathy and understanding of the implications of injuries to individuals. Processes are well thought out and structured so that the client does not have an additional burden to their convalescence, rather the client is benefitting from the discussions and fact-finding throughout the claim, enhancing their quality of recovery.’

‘Riffat Yaqub possesses a wealth of experience and individual excellence. It is astonishing that these qualities are demonstrated whilst maintaining an empathetic approach with clients that are going through a personally challenging phase in their life.’

‘In my experience, Leticia Williams is one of the best solicitors in the field. She is incredibly thorough, her instincts are always spot on, she is sensible and tactically astute. Her manner and client care skills are second to none.’

‘Hodge Jones & Allen is a well known and popular claimant law firm, with a reputation for taking on complex cases that require excellent legal knowledge and courage.’

Work highlights

  • Acting on a multi-party product liability claim regarding the swine flu vaccine under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979 on behalf 88 claimants.
  • Acted for a living mesothelioma client who successfully pursued a claim against the Ford Motor Company and settled for a significant sum plus an order that future private medical treatment costs will be met by the insurers.
  • Acted for a deceased mesothelioma client more than 4 years after the limitation date had expired; the claim settled for £143,341.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

Hodge Jones & Allen has a proven track record acting in challenging cases against the Independent Office of Police Complaints, the Ministry of Defence, the Crown Prosecution Service and immigration detention centres. The firm is also rapidly becoming known as a go-to representative for those wrongly arrested and mistreated by the police whilst exercising their right to protest. The team is noted as being ‘of excellent quality, from the most junior member of the team up to the most senior of partners‘; at leadership level, practice head Susie Labinjoh is supported by seasoned practitioner Jocelyn Cockburn, who ‘has a brilliant record in bringing important public interest cases‘.

Practice head(s):

Susie Labinjoh

Other key lawyers:

Jocelyn Cockburn; Alice Hardy; Nancy Collins; Gimhani Eriyagolla; Sasha Barton; Sarah Flanagan


‘Jocelyn Cockburn is a leading solicitor in public and police law, who has a brilliant record in bringing important public interest cases, who has meticulous preparation.’

‘The team at Hodge Jones and Allen is of excellent quality, from the most junior member of the team up to the most senior of partners. They work exceptionally well as a team and have been involved in some of the most prominent and high profile cases of recent times.’

‘Susie Labinjoh is an excellent and highly experienced litigator, who cares deeply about her clients and their interests.’

‘Alice Hardy is particularly strong in cases involving women’s rights. She is passionate about achieving the best outcome for her clients.’

‘Sarah Flanagan is extremely hard-working and effective in all of her cases. She works tirelessly to achieve justice for her clients, whom she truly cares about.’

‘Gimhani Eriyagolla is a highly committed solicitor, with a diverse practice. She is able to turn her hand to civil claims involving lots of different issues and consistently gets very good results.’

‘The Hodge Jones & Allen civil liveries and human rights practice is amazing, communication was excellent. I received full explanations of what my case would involve from the start and they made legal jargon easier for me understand.’

‘Sasha Barton – compassionate, supportive, extremely professional and knowledgable. Sarah Flanagan – extremely professional and knowledgeable. Supportive with compassion, kindness and understanding to mental health needs of clients. The confidence that both Sasha and Sarah gave to me to I will never forget and I will always be greatful for.’

Key clients

Core Participants to the Grenfell Tower inquiry

Extinction Rebellion

Undercover Policing Inquiry – International Solidarity Movement & Others

GMI & Ors

Kings College Students

Work highlights

  • Representing the family of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah in a case which uses the European Convention on Human Rights to shine a light on the impact of UK Government failures to protect life in relation to air pollution.
  • Representing over 40 core participants at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Representing over 100 core participants at the Undercover Policing Inquiry and in associated criminal and civil cases.

Employment > Employees/unions Tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen is a popular choice for employees at the senior levels of management, who regularly turn to the practice for assistance with harassment and discrimination cases, whistleblowing claims and misconduct allegations. In addition to its notable strength in complex litigation and cases involving senor female and ethnic minority employees, the group is especially sought after to advise on settlement negotiations and severance terms. Another core area of the practice is criminal and disciplinary investigations, where it works in close collaboration with the firm’s financial crime and regulatory team. Former group head Susie Al-Qassab has now left the firm.


‘The firm provides a first rate service for both employers and employees tailoring their services to the clients business and needs.’

‘Susie-Al Qassib is a formidable employment lawyer who provides pragmatic advice to her clients based on detailed knowledge of employment law. If you are a respondent employer or a claimant employee with a complicated case, she’s the person you want in your corner.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a NHS whistle-blower in internal disciplinary proceedings, defending the employee against allegations of gross misconduct.
  • Alongside the firm’s financial crime and regulatory team, assisted a senior employee of a major international financial services firm with an investigation for potential insider-dealing and disciplinary proceedings for misconduct.
  • Advised a senior manager of a major pharmaceuticals company on a number of issues with their employer such as consistent attempts to unilaterally change their role and responsibilities and failure to deliver on promised incentives and benefits.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Christine Dyson joined Hodge Jones & Allen from Barr Ellison LLP and now leads the practice following the departure of Philippa Barton; the team helps clients with severe brain injury, learning disability and mental illness and is experienced in dealing with safeguarding issues for clients who are at risk of financial exploitation and in making best interests decisions.

Practice head(s):

Christine Dyson


‘The practice has a strong reputation. The partner dealing with our case was not only sympathetic to our situation, but also was very pro-active in making sure all administrative tasks required to deal with the Court of Protection were completed in a timely manner’.  

‘HJA CoP team is responsive and knowledgeable. They hold the best interests of the clients at the centre of all the decisions they make. They are compassionate, whilst taking a strong approach with the clients as required due to the lack of capacity’.

‘Christine Dyson is very willing to undertake difficult conversations in a calm and constructive way. Works brilliantly as part of a team for the client’s overall care’.

‘This is the best firm that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Very much collaborative working, always kept up to date with information. Each member of staff has always been very helpful and very approachable. I feel that the solicitors really put the client and their best interests first’.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen is well known for its expertise in actions against the police, inquests and miscarriages of justice. Within medical law, the team has niche expertise in public law challenges against medical institutions such as the NHS. Susie Labinjoh is highly regarded for her expertise in seeking compensation for the victims of miscarriages of justice; recent highlights include acting on behalf of Extinction Rebellion protestors and Kings College London students. Jocelyn Cockburn is frequently involved in inquests relating to deaths in police custody. Sasha Barton specialises in challenges against state bodies, including representing vulnerable victims of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence.

Practice head(s):

Susie Labinjoh


‘Excellent in all areas.’

‘All of the team were professional in their approach to our case. They all worked with respect and compassion for the family.’

‘Their team has the best gender diversity of all the firms I’ve worked with.’

‘Alice Hardy and Sasha Barton stand out for their incredible attention to detail. Susie Labinjoh stands out for her strategic insight and calm approach.’

‘Jocelyn Cockburn is a leading solicitor in public and police law, who has a brilliant record in bringing important public interest cases, and who has meticulous preparation.’

‘The team has an excellent reputation in administrative and public law and assists clients to bring a wide range of challenges. There is good crossover between their public law and civil liberties work, which enables the team to provide a full, high quality service to their clients.’

Key clients

Core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Extinction Rebellion

Kings College London


Undercover Policing Inquiry – International Solidarity Movement and Others

Neville Lawrence

Work highlights

  • Representing the family of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah in a case which uses the European Convention on Human Rights to shine a light on the impact of UK Government failures to protect life in relation to air pollution.
  • Representing over 40 core participants at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Private client > Family Tier 4

Hodge Jones & Allen acts for a variety of clients from professionals and entrepreneurs to celebrities and homemakers. It covers the full range of matters from cohabitation and nuptial agreements through to adoption and surrogacy. Under the leadership of Jacqueline Major ( who is a qualified mediator) other key areas of focus include advising on divorce, separation and child arrangement disputes as well as domestic abuse of all kinds. Bharti Shah is a collaborative lawyer who also represents a wide range of clients.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Major


‘Sarah Harding is excellent and Jacqueline Major has a great eye for detail and great ‘bedside manner’ with clients.’

‘The firm has a thoroughly good strong family practice with up and coming family lawyers. They are not only clever and technically able but also take on board the needs and the dynamics of the family. Although based outside central London they offer outstanding quality and can match any central London firm’.

‘Vanessa Friend – an excellent negotiator with good judgement. Really solid and good to have on the “other side”. Sarah Harding – considerate and careful; thinks ahead’.

‘The whole team is extremely professional in its approach. All the members of the team that have dealt with my case a various stages have always been up to speed with all the salient points. Explains  aspects of the work in lay man’s terms’.

‘Sarah Harding is simply amazing. She works tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for her client.  She brings calm level headed approach to the most highly emotional discussions. There are no surprises with Sarah. She explains her approach in a crystal clear way and sticks to it’.


Work highlights

  • Acting for a client, D.N, based in the Middle East in respect of a variation of maintenance. The team supported the client through a remote Arbitration to achieve a great result.
  • Acting for the 4th respondent, L.M, in a complicated set of proceedings for enforcement with assets excess of £40,000,000 and trusts in the BVI. There have been 20 hearings and the case will now be heard in the Court of Appeal.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

Hodge Jones & Allen represents clients in complex fraud trials, with notable capabilities in handling cases involving multiple defendants, as well as issues such as asset seizures, confiscations, and regulatory matters. The team acts for domestic and cross-border clients, including business directors and  high net-worth individuals as well as providing representation to legal aid applicants. The practice collaborates closely with the firm’s general crime team, bolstering its capabilities in litigation, and is led by ‘meticulous‘ financial crime specialist Ruth Harris, who represents clients in complex proceedings across jurisdictions, and has secured acquittals for individuals facing SFO, FCA, and HMRC charges. General crime head Raj Chada is noted for his expertise in bribery cases.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Harris

Other key lawyers:


‘Top to bottom they have a great white collar presence and are able to compete with the very best.’

‘Ruth Harris is a dream to work with.’

‘Hodge Jones and Allen are well respected by in the industry. They are a firm known for quality throughout the team. They are professional, knowledgeable and I wouldn’t hesitate to refer any clients (for example if conflict arose) to them.’

‘I have in the past (and would do so again) referred work to head of financial crime Ruth Harris. She has an ability to communicate complex legal matters to clients in a straightforward and understandable way. Ruth is professional.’

‘The HJA crime team is extremely well run and efficient. All members are helpful and know the law inside out.’

‘They have a background in serious and general crime that they can use to good effect in white collar crime matters being enthusiastic and helpful.’

‘Ruth Harris is very pleasant, knowledgeable, down to earth and realistic in her work.’

‘Ruth Harris – impressive grasp of detail. Provides clear instructions and is clearly respected by barristers.’

Founded in 1977, Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA) care about righting wrongs for their clients and providing first-class personal legal services. One of the UK’s most progressive law firms, with four service areas and one ethos to fight for what’s right.

  • Help – Hodge Jones & Allen’s’ frontline legal support for people in distress
  • Private – Hodge Jones & Allen’s collection of legal services tailored to help clients navigate complex and often emotionally difficult time in their private lives
  • Justice – When injustice reigns, HJA’s human rights, civil liberties and criminal defence legal teams will step forward
  • Ethical – Services specifically designed for businesses focusing on balancing purpose with profit

Managing and Senior Partner, Patrick Allen is a founding member of the firm and a former president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) leads experienced, top-tier teams of solicitors providing legal advice and support in an extensive range of practice areas.


Personal Injury: Well-known, large specialist team of personal injury lawyers acting only for those negligently injured. A successful record of helping claimants affected by serious/complex injuries, including brain, spinal, amputations and fatalities. Other specialist teams help claimants who have suffered accidents at work, in public places and abroad and all types of Road Traffic Accidents. The team are active supporters of the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT), Brake road safety charity and Headway.

Medical Negligence: Highly experienced team of medical negligence practitioners with a strong reputation for representing claimants with complex matters including birth, brain spinal injuries, sepsis, mental health and helping bereaved families with Inquests. Known for their broad medical knowledge and commitment to first-class client care. The team includes former medical practitioners and nurses.

Criminal Defence: Cutting-edge criminal practice regularly representing clients involved in high profile cases, including allegations of murder, terrorism, drugs trafficking and sexual crimes. A team of highly experienced partners –all recognised as leading experts in their particular fields of criminal and protest law.

Family law: Specialist family law team who passionately believe in taking a holistic approach, dealing with private family matters with sensitivity, realism and rigour. They advise high net worth individuals on all areas of family law, including divorce, financial arrangements, civil partnerships, mediation and child arrangements.

Civil Liberties & Human Rights:Renowned for its devotion to helping clients fight for justice, the civil liberties solicitors regularly act in many high-profile cases and claims against the state. Respected for handling inquests and miscarriages of justice Hodge Jones & Allen is known publicly for representing Neville Lawrence (father of Stephen Lawrence), Grenfell Tower residents, Fiona Pilkington’s family and the mother of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah (landmark inquest ruling on air pollution).

Property and Social Housing: The experienced housing and property practice regularly act for tenants facing evictions, disrepair issues, housing discrimination and homelessness, whilst also advising landlords and home-owners in boundary disputes, leasehold disputes and matters involving restrictive covenants. The specialist team know how to challenge authority decisions via judicial review, most recently challenging the legality of HS2 tunnel approach into Euston.

Private client: Experienced and diligent team provide a full range of private client services, including will writing, estate administration, tax advice and lasting powers of attorney. They specialise in handling complex intestate estates, often acting for high net-worth individuals and those with overseas assets.

Environmental Justice: Specialist lawyers providing advice on cases where human rights and environmental law overlap. The team are dedicated to taking on environmental challenges concerning air pollution and climate change. The team acted in a case involving a ground-breaking global first, when air pollution was listed as a cause of death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah.

Dispute Resolution: Specialists acting in claims for professional negligence, contentious probate, debt recovery, contract disputes and breach of fiduciary duty. The team have a proven track-record of using their experience and tenacity to secure a favourable outcome for their clients, whether businesses or individuals.

Financial Crime & Regulatory: The team advise individuals and companies facing the most serious allegations, dealing with a wide range of white-collar criminal and regulatory investigations. They have successfully acted in many complex, high profile cases, including FCA insider dealing, SFO EURIBOR manipulation and bribery allegations and multi-jurisdictional fraud conspiracies. Regulatory matters include FCA action against bankers and MHRA action against healthcare companies.

Industrial disease: A dedicated, highly experienced team of specialist solicitors dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by exposure to asbestos. APIL-accredited solicitors, known for taking an empathetic approach to their work and a hugely successful track-record in securing compensation. They often act in complex cases, including those where the claimant has passed away or their former employer is no longer trading.

Court of Protection: A highly specialist team acting for clients who lack the mental capacity to manage their own finances. They act as professional deputy and trustee for many vulnerable clients and assist other with personal injury trusts and statutory wills. The team of experienced solicitors provide a personal, compassionate service and pragmatic advice.

Hodge Jones & Allen aims to provide employees with the best working support and environment possible. Previous Lex100 Winners recognised for job satisfaction, quality of work and client contact and signatory to the Race at Work Charter. Each year up to ten candidates are selected to enter the firm’s highly regarded trainee programme.

Senior partner: Patrick Allen
Number of partners: 50
Number of associates: 15
Number of solicitors: 36
Number of other fee-earners: 63
Total: 164
Total staff: 257

Medical Megligence: Agata Usewicz
Criminal Defence: Raj Chada
Family and Children: Jacqueline Major
Industrial Disease: Isobel Lovett
Housing Litigation: Jayesh Kunwardia
Multi-Party (PI/Med Neg): Leticia Williams
Personal Injury: Leticia Williams
Dispute Resolution: Chun Wong
Financial Crime & Regulatory: Ruth Harris, Raj Chada
Civil Liberties & Human Rights: Susie Labinjoh
Wills, Trusts & Probate: Nicola Waldman
Deputyship Services: Patrick Allen
Protest law: Raj Chada, Mike Schwarz
Environmental law and human rights: Jocelyn Cockburn

Senior Partner Patrick Allenpallen@hja.net0808 231 3139
Civil Liberties & Human Rights Susie Labinjohslabinjoh@hja.net0808 231 3139
Environmental Law & Human Rights Jocelyn Cockburnjcockburn@hja.net0808 231 3139
Medical Negligence Agata Usewiczausewicz@hja.net0808 231 3139
Criminal Defence, Protest Law Raj Chadarchada@hja.net0808 231 3139
Criminal Defence, Protest Law Mike Schwarzmschwarz@hja.net0808 231 3139
Family & Children Jacqueline Majorjmajor@hja.net0808 231 3139
Housing & Property Jayesh Kunwardiajkunwardia@hja.net0808 231 3139
Housing Litigation Daniel Fitzpatrickdfitzpatrick@hja.net0808 231 3139
Multi-party (PI/Medical Negligence/Product Liability) Leticia Williamslwilliams@hja.net0808 231 3139
Deputyship Patrick Allenpallen@hja.net0808 231 3139
Dispute Resolution Chun Wongcwong@hja.net0808 231 3139
Wills & Probate Nicola Waldmannwaldman@hja.net0808 231 3139
Industrial Disease Isobel Lovettilovett@hja.net0808 231 3139
Financial Crime & Regulatory Ruth Harrisrharris@hja.net0808 231 3139
Nina Ali photo Nina AliNina, formerly a qualified cardiology nurse, is now a senior partner with…
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Sean Caulfield photo Sean CaulfieldSean is a partner in the crime department at Hodge Jones &…
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Nancy Collins photo Nancy CollinsNancy is a partner in the Civil Liberties & Human Rights team…
Jessica Davis photo Jessica DavisJessica joined the firm in December 2010 as a qualified solicitor and…
Christine Dyson photo Christine DysonChristine is a partner and Head of the Court of Protection team…
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Sarah Harding photo Sarah HardingSarah Harding is a Partner in the family department. Sarah’s practice encompasses…
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Andrew Harrison photo Andrew HarrisonAndrew is a Partner in the Medical Negligence team. He has a…
Chloe Hartnell photo Chloe HartnellChloe is a partner in the Criminal Department at Hodge Jones &…
Graeme Hydari photo Graeme HydariPartner specialising in serious crimes In particular, Graeme specialises in representing those…
Louise Jukes photo Louise JukesLouise is a Partner and integral member of the personal injury team.…
Jayesh Kunwardia photo Jayesh KunwardiaJayesh Kunwardia is the Head of Housing & Property Litigation at Hodge…
Karolina  Kupczyk  photo Karolina Kupczyk Karolina is an experienced litigator in managing large groups and individual matters.…
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Caroline  Liggins photo Caroline LigginsCaroline Liggins is a Partner in the Criminal Defence team and Head…
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Cormac McDonough photo Cormac McDonoughCormac is a partner in the civil liberties team. He represents victims…
Laura O'Brien photo Laura O'BrienLaura is a Partner and prominent member of HJA’s Protest Team and…
Anne Sanders photo Anne SandersAnne has over 20 years’ experience and has been a member of…
Mike Schwarz photo Mike SchwarzMike Schwarz is a pre-eminent Criminal Defence, civil liberties, protest, fraud and…
Geoffrey Simpson-Scott photo Geoffrey Simpson-ScottGeoffrey is a Partner and clinical negligence litigator having specialized in this…
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Dawn Treloar photo Dawn TreloarDawn is a partner with a wide-ranging clinical negligence practice. She has…
Agata Usewicz photo Agata UsewiczAgata Usewicz is the Head of the Medical Negligence team at Hodge…
Nicola Waldman photo Nicola WaldmanNicola deals with complex wills, all aspects of trust and estate administration…
Lorna Webster photo Lorna WebsterLorna, a Partner within the Industrial Disease Team has, for over 20…
Leticia Williams photoMs Leticia WilliamsShe has more than 14 years of experience dealing with all areas…
Chun Wong photo Chun WongChun is a partner in the dispute resolution team at HJA and…
Emma Wray photo Emma WrayEmma is a partner in the medical negligence department. Her practice encompasses…
Riffat Yaqub photo Riffat YaqubRiffat Yaqub is a Partner in the Personal Injury team, specialising in…
Number of UK partners : 50
Number of other UK fee-earners : 114
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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.


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.


A leading team of criminal defence solicitors skilled at representing all, including the vulnerable, the young and high-net worth individuals. Our specialist teams handle youth crime, extradition, protest law, sexual offences, financial crime and regulatory.

A team led by the “phenomenal” Raj Chada who knows how to fight for what’s right. The team also includes other high profiles and successful partners including Mike Schwarz, Kerry Spence, Caroline Liggins, Ruth Harris. Laura O’Brien, another partner, recently won the Legal Aid Lawyers Awards (LALY) 2022.

A team always available day and night to defend individuals’ rights.