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Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen | Senior Partner 020 7874 8468

Legal 500 2017 recommended lawyerLeading Individual -Ranked in Chambers and Partners 2018I qualified as a solicitor in 1977 when I founded Hodge Jones & Allen in Camden with Henry Hodge and Peter Jones. From the start, I was the managing partner and combined this with the position of senior partner following Henry’s retirement in 1998.

The principle aim of the firm was helping individuals assert and defend their rights and correct miscarriages of justice. Many of the firm’s first cases were funded by the legal aid scheme and legal aid still backs a substantial proportion of the firm’s criminal defence, care and housing cases.

The firm now has 230 staff and is still situated in Camden, in modern premises close to Euston station. Our main 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 HJA 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 claims for compensation for miscarriage of justice cases 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 2001-2003, President 2003-2004 and APIL Law Society Council Member 2002-2006.

I sat as a Deputy District Judge from 1998 to 2014.

I was a member of the Law Society Civil Justice Committee 2004 – 2017

I act as a Deputy for many brain injured clients and am recommended as a ‘Senior Statesman’ in Chambers UK, A Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2017 – “He is fantastic. He has a lovely way with clients, is very nuanced in his approach and brings a lot of calm and authority to his cases.”

I am also recognised in the Legal 500.

I write and lecture on personal injury law, costs and management.

My profile in the New Law Journal , November 2014 can be viewed here.

In June 2017 I was awarded the Solicitors Journal 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

I sat as a Deputy District Judge from 1998 to 2014.


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


  • 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 the 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 – 2017
  • Forum of Claimant Injury Solicitors (FoCIS)
  • Deputy District Judge 1998-2014
  • Law Society director of Portalco 2014 -2015
  • Society of Labour Lawyers

Personal Interests

Piano, windsurfing, growing vegetables, Arsenal FC.

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