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Caroline Liggins

Caroline Liggins | Solicitor

cliggins@hja.net 020 7874 8386

I am an accredited Duty 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 Department of Work and Pensions (Benefits) frauds and serious Child neglect cases.

I have built a substantial client following and have been described by my peers as pragmatic, hardworking and attentive – demonstrating maturity beyond my years.

“The UK’s Top Rated Solicitors” List – The Times, 11 October 2014

Education

  • 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

Career

  • 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

Clients Comments

  • “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.”

Notable Cases

  • 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 involved with a gang rape, client acquitted after trial.

Membership & Appointments

  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • LCCSA
  • Young Fraud Lawyers.

Personal Interests

I enjoy going to the theatre and the gym, cooking and gin tasting.