Graeme Hydari > Hodge Jones & Allen > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hodge Jones & Allen

Work Department

Criminal Defence (Serious Crime and Serious Fraud)


Partner specialising in serious crimes

In particular, Graeme specialises in representing those with disability including Autism and Learning Disability; all sexual offences including Rape and internet Cybor sexual offences; and serious and complex fraud.

He is one of the leading criminal defence solicitors in the country specialising in representing those with mental health and learning disabilities.

Graeme was awarded the Criminal Defence Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award 2017 for his specialist work on behalf of vulnerable Autistic defendants and suspects.

Recent cases include:-
Client tried for a £3million Conspiracy to Defraud involving the sophisticated defrauding of numerous internationally based Film Equipment Companies (Operation Willsbridge).

Representing Compliance Officer in a firm of Solicitors, charged with Conspiracy to defraud the Legal Aid Agency out of £4 million pounds by making false claims. She was acquitted.

Murder cases. Mentally ill man who murdered his mother in violent attack with a weapon and a gang member who with others was involved in the murder of a rival gang member.

Graeme successfully appealed the case of Chez Copeland an autistic man charged with terrorism offences all the way to the Supreme Court, where the Court overruled the trial Judge and stated that his obsessional collecting and experimenting could be a defence to making and possessing explosives and being in possession of material that may be of use to those involved in terrorism.

Graeme has represented high profile criminal offenders including the paedophile and child killer Sidney Cooke and professional clients such as an Accountant in the music business charged with fraud; theft and false accounting involving high profile bands including Suede and Primal Scream.


• Hodge Jones & Allen since 2009 and a Partner since 2015
• Previously Senior / Managing Partner Porters Solicitors Tottenham
• Qualified 1984 so 38 years qualified


The Law Society


• BA (Hons) Law/Politics Degree and Solicitor Final Examinations Northumbria
• University School of Law

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.