Kerry Spence > Hodge Jones & Allen > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Hodge Jones & Allen Offices
180 NORTH GOWER STREET
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Criminal Litigation, Financial Crime, Serious Organised Crime.
Kerry is a Partner and a Deputy Head of the Criminal Litigation department. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992, originally dealing with all aspects of high street practice but soon discovered a passion for criminal defence work which to date has not diminished. Her work often involves serious organised crime, which by its very nature is often complex and needs a through and forensic approach. She is held in high regard by her peers and clients.
Whilst she dealt with all aspects of criminal defence work, from attending police stations, advocacy in the Magistrate’s Court and preparation of summary and Crown Court trials, she has specialised in the more serious and complex cases over the last 30 years. Often those have included multi-defendant cases, such as conspiracies to murder, to defraud, to money launder, to commit armed robberies and to rob. She also represents clients facing serious sexual assault allegations, including historic sexual offences, some of which have been multi-defendant cases, rape, incitement to sexual activity and possession of indecent images. Kerry has dealt with numerous single defendant cases, including murder, large scale frauds, kidnap, drugs cases and robbery. Many of these cases by their nature have been lengthy and complex at trial and, as a result of undertaking this work over the years, she became accredited as a VHCC Supervisor, authorised by the Legal Aid Agency to undertake and supervise complex cases.
Kerry has established a faithful client base over many years who frequently refer new clients to her. This is due to her skill as a criminal lawyer, friendly, approachable and professional manner and she always strives to ensure the best outcomes for all her clients, whether privately or publicly funded.
Kerry was shortlisted for the Legal Aid Criminal Defence Lawyer of the Year 2019.
- 2015 – present Hodge Jones & Allen – Partner and Deputy Head of Crime Team
- 2014 – 2015 Brady Eastwood Pierce & Stewart – Assistant Solicitor, VHCC supervisor
- 2010 – 2014 Mackesys – Assistant Solicitor & Supervisor, VHCC supervisor
- 1990 – 2010 J B Wheatley – Training contract, assistant solicitor and Equity Partner
LCCSA (The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association)
- 1989 – 1990 Chancery Lane College of Law
- 1985 -1988 North London Polytechnic LLB (Hon)
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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights
- Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant
- Insurance > Personal injury: claimant
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Private client > Court of protection
- Employment > Employees/unions
- Private client > Family
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)