Zachary Whyte is a trainee solicitor and police station representative at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, currently completing a seat in Dispute Resolution. He is a co-founder and coordinator of Legal Sector Workers United, the legal worker branch of the trade union United Voices of the World.
His previous seats include the Criminal Defence, Housing and Civil Liberties. He has had the privilege of learning from Raj Chada who specialises in protest law, John Hartley who specialises in financial crime, Jayesh Kunwardia who specialises in housing judicial reviews and appeals and Susie Labinjoh specialises in actions against the police. As well as many other high and low profile matters Zachary is proud to have worked on the Stansted 15, EURIBOR legal defences and the Latin Village legal challenge and Extinction Rebellion group action claim.
Before becoming a trainee, Zachary was a paralegal in the Social Housing department. His work predominantly consisted of homelessness cases challenging unlawful decisions made by local authorities. He also dealt with possession cases, disrepair cases and had a particular interest in bringing judicial reviews.
As a fully accredited police station representative Zachary represents people in police interviews and has done so on a variety of different offences.
Zachary studied Public Law at UCL whilst managing his own caseload as a paralegal within the HJA Housing team. During his studies he developed an interest in the radical legal and political philosophy of Jeremy Bentham. He studied under Professor Philip Schofield, and eventually wrote his dissertation on Bentham’s legal theory.
He hopes to develop into a keen litigator, advocate, and politically conscious solicitor.
- University of Cardiff, Police Station Representative Accreditation, 2019
- LLM in Public Law (Merit) – UCL
- Law and Professional Practice LLB & LPC (First Class) – Nottingham Law School
- Trainee Solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen – 2018 to present
- Paralegal at Hodge Jones & Allen – 2016 to 2018
- Legal Clerk at Hodge Jones & Allen – 2014 – 2015
- “I only write to thank you. All this has been thanks to you since you have always supported me and done an incredible job. You have found many things to help me, and I think it is you who has developed the whole case. I wish you all the best and I know you will be an excellent lawyer and a very bright future awaits you.”
- “I was extremely happy with the support Zac gave me at the interview, he has advised me in many ways and he also helped me to overcome my anxiety. He dealt with me with extra time that he asked for from the police officer. The statement he made on behalf of me supported me in the interview because he outlined the important bits. Zac should be praised by his manager. It would be amazing to still work with him.”
- “Seriously I have no words I’m very happy, thankful and satisfied with the help and support given to me by Hodges Jones & Allen. My case was handled by Zacharty Whyte and he has done an excellent job.They are very professional I would strongly recommend this firm to everyone. I had no hope at all that I will win my case. I was homeless and struggling from 5 months and I was in bed and breakfast with my baby. Council has rejected my case and they told me that I have made myself intentionally homeless; even social service did not help me at all and they mentally tortured me. I spoke to so many firms but they told me to wait for council decision but Hodge Jones & Allen took me case and they have changed my life. During my case Zachary Whyte was always in contact with me and was telling what was happening even they told council to accommodate me as I was having challenges from social services and council did accommodate me as normally they don’t do during the review. Finally I’m so happy to say that council has overturn their decision and they will rehouse me soon.Thanks again Zachary Whyte for great service and for everything.”
- “The best law firm in the country. My case was handled by Mr Zachary Whyte who has been a very professional, well spoken and compassionate person in handling my case. I am extremely grateful for his involvement in my housing situation as it has changed not only my life, but the whole family’s, especially my daughter with Autism and medical needs. I would highly recommend this firm.”
- “Mr Zachary Whyte helped me a lot. He kept in touch, answered all my questions, gave me a very good advice and answered my calls or called me back the same day. Thank you very much for your help and good luck.”
- “Housing review: I have been properly supported by my legal team on housing matters and my solicitor who is excellent has listened carefully to all the facts and information provided for my legal challenge against Council’s refusal to recognise their housing duties towards me as a vulnerable and homeless person. Following legal challenge, the outcome of this case was positive clearly a victory as the Council finally overturned their wrong and despicable decision and the Council has officially provided me with a suitable and accessible Council flat where I live now and thanks to the legal representation from Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, I am no longer homeless as my housing rights have been re-instated by the Council. Many thanks to my Solicitor Zachary Whyte and I am very grateful and would not hesitate to recommend this legal firm to my friends.”
- “Zachary Whyte was a real professional and helpful solicitor. Thanks to his help and expertise, he won the case for us. I would definitely recommend him for their high level of law knowledge. I can’t thank them enough for his and colleagues help.”
- “I was referred to Zachary Whyte after the council refused to house me claiming I wasn’t a housing priority. Mr Whyte is professional and compassionate. He kept me informed every step of the way and showed me respect. I found him efficient, effective and friendly, it was nice that I had someone helping me who was genuinely nice and cared for my wellbeing. Thanks to Mr Whyte I won my appeal to the council on their housing decision and will forever be grateful.”
- “I was at risk of immediate homelessness and accused of making myself intentionally homeless when I came to Zachary Whyte for help. Within a month he challenged the Councils unlawful decision and got the council to re-accommodate me and my family. My calls and emails were responded to promptly, I was always updated about the progress of my case and he showed genuine care for me and guided me through a difficult and stressful situation. Wow. I am really grateful.”
- “I would like to say a massive thank you for doing a brilliant job in taking up our case and helping me and my little one. Thanks to you we now have a roof over our heads and couldn’t be more happy!”
- “First and foremost let me say how grateful I am for your help, you have been amazing, helpful, kind and empathetic. I now have somewhere to live – thank you for your assistance, and I can certainly recommend you to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation that I did.”
- Co-founder of Legal Sector Workers United – a group within United Voices of the World dedicated to improving working conditions in the legal sector and fighting for access to justice.
- Co-founder of the Materialist Lawyers’ Group – a group which interrogates the law from a politically materialist, as opposed to liberal perspective.
- Basketball – non-competitively. Brockwell Park on sunny Sundays only.
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers