I am joint Head of the Civil Liberties Team at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP. I started as a trainee solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen in 1997, was admitted as a solicitor in 1999, became an associate in 2002, a partner in 2005 and a member in 2009.
I specialise in civil actions against the police and prison service and related human rights claims; and compensation claims for victims of miscarriage of justice and public law challenges related to these areas.
I am one of the leading lawyers dealing with compensation claims for miscarriage of justice under s133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 having dealt with high profile cases including the M25 Three and the Bridgewater Four.
I have been exceptionally committed to political protest cases and represent a number of protestors. I am currently representing Claimants arrested at:
Critical Mass on the opening day of the Olympics (July 2012)
Protest held outside Colnbrook immigration removal centre. Protestors were subsequently prosecuted, in claims for assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution as well as Articles 3, 8, 10 &11 ECHR (February 2012)
Anti- G20 demonstrations
TUC Day of Action (November 2011)
The Royal Wedding (April 2011 )
Since 2005, I have been on the advisory board of the Miscarriage of Justice Support Service, a division of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau, which was set up to provide free advice and assistance for victims of miscarriage of justice.
I am ranked as a ‘leading individual’ in Chambers UK Guide 2018 and a ‘recommended lawyer’ by the Legal 500 2017.
Chambers UK 2017 ”She is totally committed to clients and fights to get more for them.”
Chambers UK 2018 “Her attention to detail is second to none, she has fantastic client service.”
Legal 500 2016 “Fights to the end for her clients and gets great results”.
I was also ranked as a “Super Lawyer” in the London Super Lawyers magazine 2013.
College of Law – 1996-1997 Legal Practice Course
University of Westminster, 1994 – 1996 Graduate Diploma in Law
University of Hull, 1986 – 1989 Bsc (Hons)
Member, Hodge Jones & Allen LLP – 2009
Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen – 2005
Associate, Hodge Jones & Allen – 2002
Admitted as solicitor – 1999
Training Contract at Hodge Jones & Allen 1997 – 1999
The New Cross Fire 2nd Inquest representing 11 of the 13 families
Compensation claims to the Home Office on behalf of the victims of the Carl Bridgewater miscarriage of justice
The victims of the M25 Three miscarriage of justice
R (Hickey&Ors) v Independent Assessor, a case challenging the assessment of damages under the statutory scheme
R (Niazi&Ors) v SSHD, a case challenging the abolition of the discretionary scheme
Roach & Ors v Home Office. an important decision on the recoverability of inquest costs in subsequent civil proceedings
R (Ali & Ors) v SSJ a case which will determine the eligibility for compensation for miscarriage of justice
Amin & Mubarek v Imran Khan & Partners a professional negligence case.
“Very happy with the experience I had with this firm. Although it was a very long, drawn out case, they kept us informed periodically of the progress and it reached a successful ending.”