Lucie joined Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors in June 2018, and commenced her training contract in September 2019. Her first seat was with the Personal Injury team, where she assisted partner Peter Todd with his diverse personal injury, product liability and public law practice. This included two major multi-party product liability claims relating to, respectively, the Pandemrix® H1N1 swine flu vaccine, wherein 90 claimants developed narcolepsy after receiving the vaccination, and defective intraocular lenses, wherein replacement lenses inserted into the claimants’ eyes calcified due to contamination in the manufacturing process. She also assisted Peter on a number of judicial reviews of decisions by NHS England to refuse funding for treatment of rare diseases including Cystic Fibrosis and Phenylketonuria, as well as a judicial review of the decision of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to appraise the drug Kuvan, a treatment for Phenylketonuria, through its Standard Technology Appraisal programme rather than the Highly Specialised Technology Appraisal programme.
In March 2020, Lucie commenced her second training seat, in Hodge Jones & Allen’s Social Housing department, assisting partner Jayesh Kunwardia with his housing and public law practice.
Prior to her current role, Lucie worked as a paralegal in Hodge Jones & Allen’s Civil Liberties department, assisting Jocelyn Cockburn and Claire Brigham with their varied caseload, including representing the families of individuals who have died in police or prison custody in inquest proceedings and in a number of civil claims against state authorities. Lucie has extensive experience in this area, having worked for almost two years in the Public Law and Human Rights department of another leading law firm prior to joining Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors. Whilst there, she focused primarily on actions against the police and inquests into deaths in state detention but also gained experience in Court of Protection health and welfare cases, community care, education and public law.
Lucie has developed a pro bono practice alongside her training representing disabled individuals, particularly those with rare conditions, at the Social Security and Child Support Appeals Tribunal challenging refusal by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to award Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
Lucie is motivated by a fervent belief in the importance of upholding human rights and enabling meaningful access to justice. She is a co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL), which campaigns for a sustainable legal aid system which provides good quality legal help to those who could not otherwise afford to pay for it.
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