Laura O'Brien > Hodge Jones & Allen > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hodge Jones & Allen


Laura is a Partner and prominent member of HJA’s Protest Team and Youth Team.

Laura represented two of the four defendants acquitted of criminal damage after the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol.

Laura regularly represents Extinction Rebellion, Animal Rebellion, Just Stop Oil and Insulate Britain protestors as advocate and litigator in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and High Court.

Laura acts for individuals facing the most serious allegations from sexual offences, drug supply, terrorism and murder.


  • SAHCA – Society of Higher Rights Advocates
  • Youth Practioners’ Association (Secretary)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

(Rising stars)

Laura O’BrienHodge Jones & Allen

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.