I am a solicitor at HJA who qualified in 2009 as a non-practising Barrister and converted to be a solicitor in 2012.
I have experience representing clients from the initial Police Station interview through to the Youth and Magistrates Court; from first appearance to trials. I also prepare cases for the Crown Court, liaising closely with Counsel and expert witnesses.
I am regularly instructed on high value frauds and serious general crime.
I have built a substantial client following and have been described by my peers as pragmatic, hardworking and attentive – demonstrating maturity beyond my years.
I regularly appear on radio discussing criminal matters.
“The UK’s Top Rated Solicitors” List – The Times, 11 October 2014
- Duty Solicitor Accreditation, 2013
- Qualified Legal Transfer Test, College of law, 2012
- Police Accreditation Course, 2009
- Bar Vocational Course, London College of Law, 2008 – 2009
- LLB (Hons) Law, 2004 – 2007
- Hodge Jones & Allen – solicitor, 2015 to date
- Brady Eastwood Pierce & Stewart – solicitor, 2014 – 2015
- Mackesys Solicitors – cross qualification to become a solicitor and assistant solicitor, 2009 – 2014
- “My case was very sensitive and emotional. Caroline was very caring and understanding. She was very patient, strong and firm. Not most solicitors have this in them. It was like she was part of a family. I was very comfortable with her and just want to give her a big thank you for her support.”
- “Caroline was attentive, informative and went above & beyond to make sure as a vulnerable adult in a wheelchair that all my needs were met.”
- “Would really like to thank Caroline Liggins for all help with our case. Within minutes she had seen through the lies and could understand where we were coming from instantly. She was very understanding regarding my partners disability and made every effort to ensure she was looked after. We would highly recommend Caroline to our friends & family.”
- “I would like to thank you for the professional and compassionate way that HJA has looked after me. I really can’t find fault in the service I received, extremely happy and the result was fantastic! My case was a very close thing and I really wasn’t sure how it wasn’t going to go. But with the help, support and expertise of Caroline Liggins I won my case. My family and me will be forever grateful.”
- “Caroline’s hard work, professional and caring nature has helped me not just through a difficult situation, but she has also helped me to turn my life around. She went above and beyond her call of duty to keep me calm and helping me to fully understand what was happening, as I have a learning difficulty she took this in to consideration and helped me through the proceedings without me feeling silly, giving me the trust and confidence needed to get the best results for my case. In a word, I think she is “amazing” but that doesn’t really express just how hard she has worked on my case and the fantastic results we got.”
- “I just wanted to say a huge thank you. You are an excellent advocate and your professionalism and ability to articulate my position with only 2 minutes with me in the cells was superb. (Champers on the way soon).”
- “I cannot express my thanks and admiration for Caroline, who worked so hard in representing my son to such a high standard.”
- “After speaking to numerous solicitors I felt immediately at ease with Caroline due to her positive and calming approach to the case.”
- “Caroline was with us every step of the way, caring and thoughtful, always there and extremely professional.”
- R v H – Blackfriars Crown Court – acted for defendant involved with oyster card fraud
- R v C – Southwark Crown Court – represented a defendant charged with child neglect, terrorism and fire arm offence. After pressure put on the Crown terrorism and fire arm offence discontinued. Defendant pleaded to low level child neglect and received a very lenient sentence.
- R v M – Inner London Crown Court – acted for a defendant who was charged with aggravated burglary with a guns, client acquitted after trial.
- R v M – Croydon Crown Court – represented a defendant charged with benefit fraud in excess of £200,000, client acquitted after trial.
- R v R – Woolwich Crown Court – represented 2 defendants charged with DWP (benefit) fraud in excess of £150,000, both defendants were acquitted after trial.
- R v J – Woolwich Crown Court – represented defendant for attempted murder. Defendant had mental health issues. The Crown agreed on a basis and the defendant was sentenced to an order under the Mental Health Act.
- R v R – Blackfriars Crown Court – defendant acquitted after trial of a serious GBH with intent.
- R v K – Woolwich Crown Court – acted for a defendant allegedly involved with a gang rape, client acquitted after trial.
Articles and Publications
Membership & Appointments
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers
- Young Fraud Lawyers
- The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
- Standing Committee for Youth Justice
- The Traveller Movement
I enjoy going to the theatre and the gym, cooking and gin tasting.