Posted on 27th January 2016
Patrick Allen counts the costs of the Jackson & legal aid reforms It is almost two years since the Jackson...
I qualified as a solicitor in 1977 when I founded Hodge Jones & Allen in Camden with Henry Hodge and Peter Jones. From day one I was the firm’s managing partner and combined this role with the position of senior partner following Henry’s retirement in 1998.
The firm was founded with the particular aim of helping individuals assert and defend their rights and to correct miscarriages of justice. Many of the firm’s first cases were funded by the legal aid scheme and legal aid still funds a substantial proportion of the firm’s criminal defence, care and housing cases.
The firm now has 220 staff and is still situated in Camden , in modern premises close to Euston station. The firm’s principal teams are Housing, Family, Criminal Defence, Civil Liberties, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Wills and Probate, Employment and Dispute Resolution.
For the last 20 years, I have specialised in complex personal injury and multi-party cases. I was the leader of the Hodge Jones & Allen team that managed the Gulf War illness claims for UK veterans and the New Cross Fire inquest. I have also managed the MMR and Sheep Dip multi-party actions and played a lead role in the King’s Cross Fire and Marchioness Litigation on behalf of claimants. I acted in many miscarriage of justice cases with claims for compensation against the Home Office.
I have a long-standing involvement with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). I served on the Executive Committee from 1993 to 2006. I was Vice President of APIL 2001-3, President 2003-2004 and APIL Law Society Council Member 2002-2006.
I sat as a Deputy District Judge from 1998 to 2014.
I am a member of the Law Society Civil Justice Committee. I also act as a Deputy for many brain injured clients.
I am recommended as a ‘Senior Statesman’ in Chambers UK, A Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2016, in which I am described by my peers as “excellent.”
I am also recognised in the Legal 500 for “bringing his enormous experience where necessary.”
I write and lecture on personal injury law, costs and management.
A profile of me is also featured in New Law Journal in November 2014 and can be viewed here.
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