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Patrick Allen | Senior Partner 020 7874 8468

Legal 500 2016 recommended lawyerRanked In Chambers UK 2017I 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 “a legend.”

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.


  • College of Law – Law Society Finals 1977
  • Articles – Offenbach & Co 1974 – 1976
  • St. Catherine’s College Oxford 1969 – 1972 BA (Hons)


  • Senior Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen – 1998 to date
  • Managing Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen – 1977 to date
  • Founder Hodge Jones & Allen – 1977

Notable Cases

  • Instructed by families committee in the second New Cross Fire Inquest, February 2004
  • Gulf War Illness and Kerrin Point group claims 1998 – 2004
  • Member of Steering Committee in the Kings Cross Fire and Marchioness litigation
  • Sheep Dip litigation 1998 – 2000
  • Hatfield train crash – compensation for a senior member of the train catering staff
  • Head of generic team MMR litigation 1998 – 1999
  • Magdalene Laundries 2003 to 2005 – acted for a number of the women that were incarcerated as slave labour workers in the so called Magdalene laundries who have now been awarded compensation by the Irish government
  • Irish Industrial School claims – assisted with all aspects of these claims, acting for over 520 clients in the Irish Redress scheme 2002 – 2008
  • Multi-party claims
  • Miscarriage of justice claims to Home Office including acting for the Bridgewater Four

Membership & Appointments

  • President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) 2003 – 2004
  • Senior Fellow APIL
  • Member of the Law Society Council 2002 – 2006
  • Law Society Civil Justice Committee 2002 – 2006, 2008 to date
  • Forum of Claimant Injury Solicitors (FoCIS)
  • Deputy District Judge 1998-2014
  • Law Society nominated director of Portalco 2014 to 2015
  • Society of Labour Lawyers

Personal Interests

Piano, windsurfing, growing vegetables, Arsenal FC.