I joined Hodge Jones & Allen in 2011 as a trainee solicitor. I have experience in Civil Liberties, Personal Injury and Family Law and I qualified into the Housing Law team in September 2013.
I have experience in a number of areas of Housing and Public Law, including homelessness reviews and appeals, judicial reviews, possession proceedings and disrepair claims.
I also lead the Housing Team’s partnership with the nearby Pathway Homeless Healthcare Team at University College Hospital, in which we provide urgent legal advice to vulnerable patients facing the risk of homelessness.
Legal Practice Course (Distinction), College of Law York
Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), College of Law York
History BA (Hons) (First class), University of York
Associate at Hodge Jones & Allen, May 2017
Admitted as a solicitor, September 2013
Trainee solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen, 2011-2013
Visit to Legal Aid projects in East Africa, Summer 2011
Legal advisor at Simpson Millar LLP, 2010 – 2011
Client et al comments
“A passionate, empathetic, energetic, client-friendly, un-pompous solicitor with a sharp mind, an easy manner and real professional muscle. Good at what Ernest Hemingway called ‘grace under pressure”. His Honour Judge David Turner QC
“Had such a stressful time with my local Council. The local authority literally did not want to take up responsibility but with the help of Edward Veale and the team we managed to get the local authority take responsibility howbeit with court order. Excellent professional help, they stuck with me till the end. Really recommend them.”
“Edward Veale was kind, considerate, and very helpful at what was an extremely stressful time in our lives. He managed to win us a swift, large settlement in our housing and disrepair lawsuit. My wife and I highly recommend this firm and Mr. Veale.”
“From start to finish I had an extremely pleasurable experience, given it was my first real experience of having to employ the services of a solicitor. An exceptionally high level of professionalism and the communication channels were fantastic at all times. I really felt that my solicitor was on my side at all times and strived to get the best possible outcome for me. At no time did I feel as though I was being a nuisance and when there were times where clarification was required it was given promptly.”
“Mr Veale was very helpful, being calm and polite even when I was stressed out and tearful.”
“I would like to thank you once again for helping me through this crucial time in my life. I am much thankful for your dedicated and sincere advice to my case.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for acting on my behalf and making what was a very difficult, stressful and emotionally tiring time a lot easier. I am grateful to you that you took all the stress and restored everything out for me. Your faith, knowledge and determination were something that solves my worries. Once again, many thanks for your generous support. I am exceedingly grateful.”
“Thank you for your excellent work and advice.”
“I cannot express how grateful I am to you for helping to overturn the Council’s decision. I am over the moon about having a secure accommodation to call home.”
“I appreciate and acknowledge your hard work and dedication to my case.”
The Guardian recently reported that government figures reveal an estimated 338,000 properties rented by under-35s were ‘hazardous and likely to cause harm.’ These figures suggest that over half a million people are starting their adult lives in such conditions. Some of the worst conditions occur where ‘slum landlords’ attempt to squeeze a high number of tenants into sub-standard housing which is designed to accommodate far fewer people.
Jeremy Corbyn’s keynote speech at the Labour Conference in Brighton last week placed housing at the heart of his proposed reforms. This is encouraging indeed, but so too was the emphasis on the utter necessity of listening before doing; Mr Corbyn stated, “Thousands are living in homes that are unfit for human habitation. That’s why, along with our shadow housing minister John Healey…we are launching a review of social housing policy – its planning, building, regulation and management. We will listen to tenants across the country and propose a radical programme of action and bring it back to next year’s conference.”
A few days after the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, a colleague and I were at the site, looking at the moving tributes, messages and flowers in memory of those who lost their lives. As we lingered there that evening, the protest march that started at Kensington Town Hall walked – calmly but determinedly – towards Latimer Road. The chant which echoed around those streets was passionate, simple and clear: ‘What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.’ Again and again this plea for justice – for failings to be acknowledged, for wrongs to be righted – can be stripped down to a lack of trust.