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Hodge Jones & Allen

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Hodge Jones & Allen‘s crime team, complimented by clients for its ‘fantastic level of service‘ and ‘brilliant range of lawyers‘, is headed by ‘natural advocateRaj Chada, who is experienced in acting for high-profile clients, including MPs. The practice also advises clients on areas including protests, terrorism, sexual offences, and harassment. Mike Schwarz is recommended for human rights, while Kerry Spence is proficient in acting in multi-defendant cases; Graeme Hydari is adept at assisting defendants with autism. Laura O’Brien and Caroline Liggins were promoted to partner in March 2022 and are key names within the team.

Practice head(s):

Raj Chada

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Harris; Laura O’Brien; Kerry Spence; Graeme Hydari; Caroline Liggins; Mike Schwarz


Ruth Harris is a very caring and experienced solicitor.’

Hodge Jones & Allen are possibly the best firm of criminal solicitors conducting publicly funded work, and also offer an excellent service to privately funded clients. They have a large team that has continually prospered through recruiting excellent trainees and investing in people.

Laura O’Brien is fiercely committed to her clients and extremely diligent in ensuring that every case she has conduct of is carefully managed. She seems to be able to create almost infinite time to meet her clients’ needs and expectations, and never drops the ball.

A brilliant range of lawyers – from superlative financial crime experts to the best youth crime practitioners in the country to specialist sex lawyers and protester law work. All the lawyers are completely committed to every client and provide a fantastic level of service.’

Laura O’Brien is one of the best solicitors I have ever had the privilege to be instructed by. She is a tour de force.’

A group with a real sense of purpose and mission.

Raj Chada is the standout expert for protest law in the country. He is a consummate all-rounder: utterly fantastic with clients, a real team player, a brilliant strategist and a persuasive advocate on his feet. He doesn’t shy away from tricky arguments or issues, and gives every case his all. Simply the best in the field. Nobody can touch him for expertise and experience. The best of the best.’

Raj Chada is a brilliant out of the box thinker. He is clever, charming and committed to representing individuals. He has a great instinct and is a natural advocate. He has been a mentor and supervisor of many junior lawyers who owe their skills to Raj’s tuition.

Work highlights

  • Represented the Colston 4 in a case that attracted international attention and involved the toppling of the “Colston Statue” in Bristol during a Black Lives Matter march, in which the defendants were acquitted and the matter referred by the Attorney General to the Court of Appeal.
  • Appealed the conviction of Claudia Webbe MP in relation to allegations of harassment, which had a large amount of media interest, particularly as to whether she would be “recalled”, forcing a by election.
  • Represented Nicholas and Justin Elliot in a multi defendant murder trial, with complex analysis of voluminous evidence.

Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 1

Hodge Jones & Allen has an established reputation regarding the public and administrative law elements of social housing matters. The ‘formidable‘ housing and property team, led by Jayesh Kunwardia, has developed a standalone discrimination practice, handling an increasing number of judicial reviews challenging the suitability of accommodation, as well as advising on possession, illegal eviction, and anti-social behaviour injunctions. The ‘brilliant’ and ‘fearless’ Sophie Bell acts for vulnerable tenants, handling homeless reviews and appeals, and possession and eviction matters. Farzana Chowdhury focuses on defending possession cases involving nuisance and anti-social behaviour, tenancy fraud, subletting, and succession, and led a successful Court of Appeal case concerning succession to a secure tenancy. Disrepair is a growing area for the group and a strong focus for Daniel Fitzpatrick, and he was also one of the lead housing solicitors on the Grenfell inquiry. A niche area of development for the team includes advising victims of violence and trafficking, with an increasing number of instructions from women’s charities. Bahareh Amani was promoted to partner in May 2022 and is taking an increasingly leading role within the team.

Practice head(s):

Jayesh Kunwardia

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Fitzpatrick; Sophie Bell, Bahareh Amani; Edward Sharp; Sioned Wyn Roberts; Suzanne Bird; Farzana Chowdhury; Aneela Samrai


‘The housing team at Hodge Jones & Allen has evolved into the leader in tenants rights and social housing. The team is highly diverse and dedicated to securing the very best outcome for people subject to possession proceedings, advancing enforcement of housing conditions and standards and the effective representation of homeless persons.’

‘Jayesh Kunwardia is the head of the team and a true giant in the field. He has appeared in may cases in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and has created a body of transformative law for tenants of social housing.’

‘Suzanne Bird is the go-to person for homelessness cases in the High Court. She is one step ahead in litigation and completely on top of the law. She is a confident and strong lawyer and loved by clients and understands their needs.’

‘Daniel Fitzpatrick is an excellent solicitor who is hard-working and secures the best outcome for his clients. Daniel heads the firm’s work at the interface of housing and the equality act with a portfolio of successful claims.’

‘Farzana Chowdhury is a tenacious lawyer and highly effective in securing repairs to dwellings of tenants and fighting for tenants rights. She has an extraordinary ability to connect with clients, to see the legal issues from the outset of the case and to clearly direct litigation in a way that achieves the very best possible outcome. Her knowledge of the law is second-to-none and she is a trusted pair of hands for large, complex housing cases.’

‘Edward Sharp is renowned in the sector for being able to take on complex disputes that involve property law issues. He works tirelessly for his clients. Aneela Samrai is very sharp and pleasant to work with. Sioned Wyn Roberts is very capable and extremely pleasant.’

‘HJA are clear leaders in the field of real estate, social housing. The entire team know their housing law inside out, they are excellent to work with, and they leave no stone unturned. They are very much client focused and always keen to go the extra mile. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Hodge Jones & Allen is one of the leading firms for social housing representing tenants. I have worked with them off and on over many years. They cover the whole range of social housing law areas. This is a formidable team with a depth of experience, commitment to the area and skill.’

Key clients

Housing Law Practitioners Association

Core Participants of Grenfell Public Inquiry

Work highlights

  • Represented approximately 50 core participants who were victims of the Grenfell fire at the public inquiry, which covered a range of modules where their legal team made the bereaved and survivors’ view of the systemic failures, that lead to 72 deaths, plain to see.
  • Instructed by the Housing Law Practitioners Association on a pro bono basis to make an application to intervene in the Court of Appeal case Khan v Mehmood, successfully challenging the uplift in damages awarded to tenants in disrepair cases as per Simmons v Castle.
  • Advised clients in two cases concerning appeals under the Housing Act 1996 involving the refusal of housing assistants to survivors of domestic abuse with pre-settled status.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

The ‘excellent’ clinical negligence team at Hodge Jones & Allen goes ‘above and beyond for distressed families’, carrying out a range of work with a particular focus on that which has social importance, including claims involving stillbirths, fatalities, and psychiatric injuries. Working closely with the firm’s civil liberties team, the group is able to take on claims concerning prisons and care homes. The team is led by Agata Usewicz, who has a special interest in obstetric claims. Alongside its caseload, the team supports campaigns for progress in the medical field; recent highlights in this space include assisting a family group fighting for a statutory inquiry into failings within Essex Mental Health Services, spearheaded by senior associate Priya Singh and Nina AliAndrew Harrison, Dawn Treloar, and Emma Wray are likewise recommended.

Practice head(s):

Agata Usewicz

Other key lawyers:


‘The team are excellent – very knowledgeable and very committed to using the law to achieve meaningful redress for negligent failings, not only for compensation for clients but also to improve working practices and the lives of those affected by them in the future. They have gone above and beyond for distressed families time and time again.’

‘Dawn Treloar is personable, hardworking and very experienced in clinical negligence. A very safe pair of hands.’

‘Agata Usewicz is very experienced, unflappable and extremely good with clients.’

‘Geoffrey Simpson-Scott is a walking textbook on litigation procedure and tactics which he uses to maximum advantage for his clients. He is incredibly experienced and thorough, and his cases are meticulously prepared. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to friends or family should they ever need a medical negligence solicitor. He is also a delight to work with.’

‘Nina Ali never knows when she’s beaten – because she never is.’

‘A very solid, skilled and diligent clinical negligence team that achieves great results for their clients.’

‘Andrew Harrison provides a first-class service to his clients, and pursues cases with skill and great determination. Dawn Treloar has an eagle eye for detail and is extremely good with clients.’

‘Emma Wray is superb at people management, empathetic, and has excellent judgment.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for the families of approximately 80 individuals who died or were severely mistreated whilst in the care of mental health services in Essex, to support them in their campaign to covert the current non-statutory inquiry into a statutory public inquiry.
  • Represented a family at inquest where the coroner reached a standalone conclusion of neglect further to poor treatment of the deceased in a care home.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

The offering at Hodge Jones & Allen is jointly led by ‘exceptional‘ head of personal injury Leticia Williams, who specialises in repetitive strain injury claims, complex road traffic accident claims and employment matters, and Isobel Lovett, head of the asbestos team, who will ‘pull out all the stops‘ for her clients. The team’s personal injury offering has experience in cross-jurisdictional catastrophic injury claims, along multiparty actions; recent highlights include work on the Pandemrix vaccine group action. ‘First class litigatorRiffat Yaqub is working with a number of clients in the Grenfell Fire public inquiry, including actively working on the ADR process, and assisting international clients involved. The asbestos team, in which Joanne Candlish plays a key part, has extensive expertise in claims involving mesothelioma arising from exposure to asbestos dust within talcum power and make-up products.

Practice head(s):

Leticia Williams; Isobel Lovett

Other key lawyers:

Riffat Yaqub; Ken Brough; Anne Sanders; Lorna Webster; Louise Jukes; Joanne Candlish


‘Isobel Lovett is very experienced and fights hard for her clients.’

‘Riffat Yaqub is a first class litigator, capable of handling the highest value and most complicated litigation with flair.’

‘The firm has an experienced asbestos disease team led by Isobel Lovett. The team undertakes work on a nationwide basis and is the equal of other national firms undertaking this work.’

‘Isobel Lovett has been conducting asbestos litigation for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience. Her grasp of the applicable legal principles is exceptional. However, equally important in this area of work is her relationship with her clients: they rightly have every confidence that Isobel will “pull out all the stops” on their behalf. She is a first-class asbestos litigator. Working with Isobel is a pleasure.’

‘Lorna Webster is a very experienced solicitor who runs a hard-working team. She is very good with clients.’

‘A very experienced asbestos disease team, headed by Isobel Lovett who has huge experience and assisted by Lorna Webster and Joanne Candlish who are both very able and with great experience – so there is strength in depth.’

‘Leticia Williams is exceptional – she is one of the best solicitors practising in this field that I have come across. Her client care is exceptional, and she always manages to strike an appropriate balance between tenaciously fighting for the best possible settlement, yet also knowing when to settle a claim at the point when its settlement value is the highest.’

‘Ken Brough is a fantastic lawyer. The thing that stands out most about him is that he is immensely practical, and also not afraid to take on risky cases, which I think is very important from an access to justice point of view.’

Work highlights

  • Acted on a living mesothelioma case based on 5 days’ alleged light exposure.
  • Acted on a pleural thickening and asbestosis case.
  • Acted on a long-running fatal mesothelioma case against the MoD, involving conflict of English and Singaporean laws.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

Hodge Jones & Allen has established itself as a leader in the field of protest law, regularly representing those wrongfully arrested and mistreated by police whilst exercising their Article 11 rights; the team's 'expertise and passion in this field are truly outstanding'. Practice head Susie Labinjoh is a key figure in this regard, handling a multitude of civil actions against the police and prison services every year. She is strongly supported by Jocelyn Cockburn, whose specialist knowledge relating to deaths in custody means she regularly represents bereaved families during inquests.

Practice head(s):

Susie Labinjoh

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Hodge Jones & Allen’s expertise and passion in this field are truly outstanding. Their comprehensive approach, combined with their deep understanding of the legal complexities involved, allows them to deliver impactful representation.’

‘The team at Hodge Jones & Allen, led by standout partners and associates, consistently demonstrates professionalism, compassion, and an unwavering dedication to pursuing justice.’

‘Susie Labinjoh is an exceptional solicitor known for her relentless dedication to protecting individual rights. With sharp legal acumen and a deep understanding of the social context, she empowers clients and challenges the status quo.’

‘An amazing civil liberties and human rights team, from the most junior team members up to the most senior of partners.’

‘Susie Labinjoh is one of the most highly respected civil liberties and human rights solicitors. She really fights for her clients and achieves some excellent results.

‘Nancy Collins and her team empowered me to be able to pursue my case. They are sensitive, validating, patient, and have always made me feel understood and considered.’

‘HJA combines one of the strongest reputations for civil liberties work of any UK firm with an outstanding client service in every single case. It has achieved an impressive size without any sacrifice in quality by its growth, which is testament to its in-house training and rigorous recruitment standard.’

‘Alice Hardy is very knowledgeable in civil actions arising from events that have related inquests or investigations involving state authorities and police services. She can provide accurate and expert advice on the procedural, tactical and legal field and the best steps to take in advancing a claim and obtains excellent results in both negotiation and litigation.’

Key clients

Ella Adoo Kissi Debrah

Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Extinction Rebellion

Michelle Jones

Undercover Policing Inquiry – International Solidarity Movement & Others

GMI & Ors

Hillsborough families

Clive Price and Ors

Kings College Students


Jessica Branch and Caspar Hughes

Kitanna Traylor

Work highlights

  • Representing over 40 core participants at the Grenfell Tower inquiry.
  • Representing over 100 core participants at the UCPI and in associated criminal and civil cases.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

The versatile team at Hodge Jones & Allen specialises in property and affairs deputyships. It has considerable expertise in acting for clients with large damages awards for injury claims. Practice head, Christine Dyson, oversees the firm’s 40 professional deputyship and 40 professional personal injury trusts. Patrick Allen frequently acts as a deputy and trustee for many severely brain injured children who have received substantial damages.

Practice head(s):

Christine Dyson

Other key lawyers:


‘The team are strong, organised, consistent and fair’.

‘Christine Dyson is a fantastic to have as any part of the team. She is pragmatic and strong. Her decisions are always in the client’s best interests and she holds firm despite the behaviours of the difficult clients that we share’.

‘HJA have an excellent legal team in the private client department’.

‘Christine Dyson goes above and beyond for her clients. She is efficient, responsive and is very knowledgeable. She has a good team around her’.

‘Excellent communication Friendly Supportive’.


Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Hodge Jones & Allen fields a team of expert lawyers with years of experience in cases relating to miscarriages of justice, inquests, and actions against the police. Practice head Susie Labinjoh regularly handles civil actions against the police and prison services, as well as leading on political protest cases. Jocelyn Cockburn focuses on environmental justice, while Sasha Barton has extensive experience representing vulnerable victims of violence where the police have failed to protect and investigate. The practice has also established a solid reputation for judicial review work, covering challenges against a range of public entities including the CPS, Independent Office for Police Conduct, and the UK Government.

Practice head(s):

Susie Labinjoh

Other key lawyers:


‘Throughout my professional engagements with their firm, I have witnessed their unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of administrative and public law.’

‘Hodge Jones & Allen’s team of dedicated lawyers consistently demonstrate a deep understanding of the complexities involved in this field. Their comprehensive approach, combined with their exceptional legal skills, allows them to effectively navigate intricate administrative and public law matters.’

‘A go-to firm for administrative and public law. They benefit from cross-disciplinary knowledge amongst the teams.’

‘HJA has a stand-out reputation for its public law work and in my experience has provided an outstanding client service in every single case I have worked with the firm on over many years. Be it inquest, inquiry, civil action against the state or its wide breadth of Administrative Court work and judicial reviews for campaigners and individuals, it provides genuine specialist excellence.’

‘Extremely attentive and sensitive to clients’ needs.’

Key clients

The family of Michelle Jones

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Extinction Rebellion

Ahmed Mohammad Ali Adan

Kings College London Students

Family of Michael McDonagh (Deceased)

Undercover Policing Inquiry – International Solidarity Movement & Others

Jessica Branch, Caspar Hughes and others

The family of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

The Family of Alex Tostevin

Kristina O’Connor

Neville Lawrence

Work highlights

  • Acting for over 50 core participants in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.
  • Representing over 75 protestors who were arrested after participating in various demonstrations.

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

The Hodge Jones & Allen financial crime and regulatory practice has a ‘really broad range of expertise’, acting on behalf of company directors and high-net-worth individuals in complex fraud, money laundering, and corruption cases. The team is unique - accepting both privately and publicly funded claims - and drawing upon its strong criminal expertise to provide a quality service in defending financial crime matters. The ‘thorough, diligent, and capable’ Ruth Harris leads the department, specialising in asset seizure and lawfulness of search warrant matters, while Raj Chada handles complex and financial crime proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Harris

Other key lawyers:

Raj Chada; Kiran Mehta


‘A really broad range of expertise across the team with a real sense of a common purpose.’

‘The firm really does believe in access to justice. They are well known for high-profile cases, but it is the lesser known, sometimes more complicated cases that should be celebrated. The team works tirelessly for all their clients.’

‘Ruth Harris is an extremely talented lawyer. She is able to advise clients carefully and with accuracy. She is approachable, but commands respect. She also practices law with compassion.’

‘Kiran Mehta is the standout solicitor. He gives every case his all, which is considerable, given that he is frighteningly clever and one of the best lawyers in the field.’

‘Possibly the best firm of criminal solicitors conducting publicly funded work, and also offer an excellent service to privately funded clients. They have a large team that has continually prospered through recruiting excellent trainees and investing in people. It is notable that many of the leading individuals at high profile firms specialising in private client work built their practices and reputations at HJA.’

‘Ruth Harris leads the financial crime team and works extremely hard on complex cases, ensuring that material is considered and processed efficiently and all necessary preparation is conducted in a timely and effective manner. She is great with clients, offering genuine compassion and a willingness to go the extra mile.’

‘A very well-respected firm. They have a reputation that they prepare cases fully and properly. I have co-defended with the firm and if I have a conflict of interest they are always one of the firms that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to a client.’

‘Ruth Harris is an excellent solicitor. Ruth is thorough, diligent and capable of digesting large amounts of material quickly. She also has a friendly and approachable manner that I can see puts her clients at ease.’

Key clients

Yoshiki Ohmura

Work highlights

  • Acted for Yoshiki Ohmura in proceedings before Southwark Crown Court regarding a prosecution by the National Crime Agency and the Serious Economic Organised Crime and International Directorate of the CPS.

Private client > Family Tier 5

Led by the ‘exceptional’ Jacqueline Major, the nimble team at Hodge Jones & Allen covers a broad range of issues and it has particular strength in complex family law cases involving financial matters, children matters, and international work. In addition, it often works on adoption and surrogacy matters. In team news, Kevin Bristow joined the firm from Slater and Gordon in November 2022. Vanessa Friend joined Stowe Family Law LLP in October 2022, Sarah Harding joined Simons Muirhead Burton in June 2023, and Bharti Shah is now an operational police lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Major

Other key lawyers:


‘The family team at HJA is unique in London. The team has strength in depth across all areas of family law. Jacqueline Major has hand picked a team of lawyers who work cohesively. Together the team at HJA is a force to be reckoned with.’

‘Unlike many firms, HJA still deals with publicly funded cases and covers the whole range of family work.’

‘Jacqueline Major is in the top tier of family law solicitors. If I was getting divorced, I would want her on my team! She knows all the tricks and has the knack of knowing when to stand firm and when to negotiate. Clients love and respect her judgment and she is a fearsome opponent.’

‘Jacqueline Major is exceptional. Clients love her.’

‘The team was professional and got my trust straight after the first meeting.’

‘Jacqueline is brilliant and she really knows her job. Her work cannot be done without a deep involvement and understanding from the client’s side. I always felt that she had my best interest at heart and that I could trust her.’

‘ I feel there is good leadership in the person of Jacqueline Major and I feel well supported. Above all I feel that the team is attentive to me as a person rather than just another client.’

‘Jacqueline Major has been both an incredible professional and an excellent lawyer, but also very human and attentive when necessary.’

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Patrick Allen pallen@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Civil Liberties & Human Rights Susie Labinjoh slabinjoh@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Environmental Law & Human Rights Jocelyn Cockburn jcockburn@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Medical Negligence Agata Usewicz ausewicz@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Criminal Defence, Protest Law Raj Chada rchada@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Criminal Defence, Protest Law Mike Schwarz mschwarz@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Family & Children Jacqueline Major jmajor@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Housing & Property Jayesh Kunwardia jkunwardia@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Multi-party (PI/Medical Negligence/Product Liability) Leticia Williams lwilliams@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Deputyship Patrick Allen pallen@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Dispute Resolution Chun Wong cwong@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Wills & Probate Nicola Waldman nwaldman@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Industrial Disease Isobel Lovett ilovett@hja.net 033 0828 5949
Financial Crime & Regulatory Ruth Harris rharris@hja.net 033 0828 5949
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Sioned Wyn Roberts photo Sioned Wyn Roberts Sioned has specialised in social housing law for over 13 years and…
Anne Sanders photo Anne Sanders Anne has over 25 years’ experience and has been a member of…
Mike Schwarz photo Mike Schwarz Mike Schwarz is a pre-eminent Criminal Defence, civil liberties, protest, fraud and…
Geoffrey Simpson-Scott photo Geoffrey Simpson-Scott Geoffrey is a Partner and clinical negligence litigator having specialized in this…
Kerry Spence photo Kerry Spence Kerry is a Partner and a Deputy Head of the Criminal Litigation…
Dawn Treloar photo Dawn Treloar Dawn is a partner with a wide-ranging clinical negligence practice. She has…
Agata Usewicz photo Agata Usewicz Agata Usewicz is the Head of the Medical Negligence team at Hodge…
Nicola Waldman photo Nicola Waldman Nicola deals with complex wills, all aspects of trust and estate administration…
Lorna Webster photo Lorna Webster Lorna, a Partner within the Asbestos Team has, for over 20 years,…
Leticia Williams photo Ms Leticia Williams She has more than 15 years of experience dealing with all areas…
Chun Wong photo Chun Wong Chun Wong is the Head of the Dispute Resolution team at Hodge…
Emma Wray photo Emma Wray Emma, a partner in the Medical Negligence team, combines a sharp intellect…
Riffat Yaqub photo Riffat Yaqub Riffat 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.