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Hodge Jones & Allen

Work Department

Crime, Financial Crime & Regulatory


Raj is the Head of the Criminal Defence, Financial Crime and Regulatory Department. He is one of the country’s leading criminal lawyers with expertise in serious and complex crime, public order and financial crime.

He is the winner of the Criminal Lawyer of Year Award in 2012, (LALY), awarded by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group. As a Higher Rights Advocate, he has been shortlisted on 3 occasions as “Advocate of the Year” by the Law Society Excellence Awards, being commended in 2017. He has been shortlisted as “Criminal Lawyer of the Year” by the Society of Asian Lawyers in 2017 and 2018.

He has a significant niche expertise in bribery/corruption, having represented several executives and is the author of the Bribery Handbook. He acted in the “Stansted 15” trial which was labelled by the New Statesman magazine as “the most important political trial of our times”. He is one of a handful of specialist human rights specialists who can take on cases with political dimensions, he is s a regular commentator for BBC, Channel 4, Sky News, the Guardian and the Time Newspapers.


Admitted as Solicitor 1998; Gordon Doctors Walton 1998-99;
Hodge Jones & Allen 1999 to present; Partner 2002; Member 2010


Basic Punjabi


  • LCCSA (The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association)
  • SAHCA (Society of Higher Rights Advocates (committee member))
  • Liberty
  • Amnesty International


Rainey Endowed Grammar School, Magherfaelt, Co Derry, Northern Ireland; Jesus College, Cambridge University (BA Hons Law); College of Law (Chester).



Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

(Leading individuals)

Raj ChadaHodge Jones & Allen

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.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

The Hodge Jones & Allen financial crime and regulatory practice has a ‘really broad range of expertise’, acting on behalf of company directors and high-net-worth individuals in complex fraud, money laundering, and corruption cases. The team is unique – accepting both privately and publicly funded claims – and drawing upon its strong criminal expertise to provide a quality service in defending financial crime matters. The ‘thorough, diligent, and capable’ Ruth Harris leads the department, specialising in asset seizure and lawfulness of search warrant matters, while Raj Chada handles complex and financial crime proceedings.