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

Hodge Jones & Allen

Work Department

Crime, Financial Crime & Regulatory


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‘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.