Caroline Liggins > Hodge Jones & Allen > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hodge Jones & Allen

Work Department

Youth Crime & Criminal Defence


Caroline Liggins is a Partner in the Criminal Defence team and Head of the Youth Team at Hodge Jones & Allen.

Caroline understands the importance of building a relationship of trust and the need for continuity when representing young and vulnerable clients. She works with a wide range of other professionals in order to ensure that her clients are empowered to effectively participate in their defence and navigate their way through the criminal justice system as simply as possible.

Caroline is seen as a leader in her field within youth justice. She conducts and is regularly instructed in Crown Court cases involving allegations of the most serious crime. She has acted in cases concerning sexual offences, murder, assault, fraud, conspiracies, the possession or use of firearms and drug supply. In the course of her career Caroline’s expertise has seen her regularly called upon to discreetly represent children and young adults of high profile individuals.

Caroline was asked to speak to the House of Commons, as a part of the Justice Select Committee opposing the introduction of Knife Crime Prevention Orders and she currently sits on the committee for Youth Justice Specialist Panel and enhanced fees and Quality of Advocacy working group with the Ministry of Justice. She is often asked to talk at conferences on aspects of Youth Justice. She also provided the impetus for the formation of the Youth Practitioner’s Association (YPA) which aspires to promote and ensure proper representation for young people within the criminal justice system.

Clients rely on Caroline’s practical, no nonsense but empathetic approach and sound judgement in making difficult decisions. Her willingness to support clients to achieve the right results justify her enviable track record.


  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Young Fraud Lawyers
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Standing Committee for Youth Justice
  • The Traveller Movement
  • Hybrid Orders Working Party Group

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

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.