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Race is ‘significant contributory factor’ to deaths in police custody, according to independent review

3rd November 2017 - The Justice Gap

The long awaited independent review into deaths in custody has found ethnicity to be a ‘significant contributory factor’ in relation to fatalities. The wide-ranging report calls for reform of the police watchdog the Independent Police Complains Commission including the ‘phasing out’ of ex-police officers leading investigations; an end to the conferring between officers before they make statements; and legal aid for families whose relatives have died in custody. Sarah Foss reports

Clair Hilder, a senior associate in the Civil Liberties department comments…

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Sister of young Londoner who died after psychotic breakdown attacks lack of mental health resources

13th October 2017 - Evening Standard

The sister of a young Londoner who suffered a psychotic breakdown and died after a mental health bed could not be found today warned further tragedies were “inevitable”.

Louise Phuong, 29, said the way her brother Joseph was treated by the NHS and the Met police highlighted the lack of support available.

An inquest last week heard that Mr Phuong, a 32-year-old “computer whizz” with a 10-year history of paranoid schizophrenia, died on June 5, 2015, after being restrained on numerous occasions, secluded and tranquillised.

Nancy Collins, a partner in civil liberties department, represented Mr Phuong’s family at the inquest.

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Hodge Jones & Allen duo shortlisted for Society of Asian Lawyers awards 2017

11th October 2017 - Society of Asian Lawyers

We are delighted to announce that our Managing Partner Vidisha Joshi and Raj Chada, a partner in the criminal defence team have been shortlisted for Society of Asian Lawyers awards 2017.

Vidisha has been nominated in two categories, in the Rising Star category and Civil/Commercial Lawyer of the Year, and Raj as a Criminal Lawyer of the Year.

The Awards ceremony, where winners will be announced, is taking place at The Lancaster Hotel, Nine Kings Suite, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY on Saturday 28th October 2017.

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Annual JFK/HJA Football Challenge Cup

26th September 2017 - JFK

On Saturday 23rd September teams once again stepped up for the challenge of the JFK/HJA 5 a-side Football Challenge Cup! The tournament has run every year since 2012 and was again well supported with solicitors firms, barristers chambers and other organisations entering a total of 21 teams.

HJA’s team sheet included Michael Ackah, Joseph Hume and James Berry.

The other teams taking part come from: 2 KBW, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Dechert, Garden Court Chambers, Osbornes, 9 Bedford Row, 25 Bedford Row, Farringdon Chambers, Furnival Chambers, Garth Coates Solicitors, London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, Kings Cross and Brunswick Neighbourhood Association, Wilsons LLP, Carmelite, Paye, Lamb Building Chambers and 187 Fleet Street.

Just For Kids Law (JFK) provides support and advices for young people in difficulty. Established in 2006, JFK also offers advocacy assistance and practical support to children and young people between the ages of 10 to 21 who need help with housing, mental health, education/training, school exclusion and various other issues.

The relationship of the two organisations has been grown over the years with Hodge Jones and Allen providing a home for the charity at their offices for over 5 years.

The tournament raised funds for the children and young people who access support from Just for Kids Law. HJA are yet to win the trophy but love the camaraderie and fun of the day. There is always next year!

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