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Hodge Jones & Allen boost civil liberties team with double hire

Law firm, Hodge Jones & Allen has grown its civil liberties team with the hire of new partner, Alice Hardy from Bhatt Murphy, and solicitor, Sarah Flanagan from Birnberg Peirce.

Both Alice and Sarah specialise in actions against the police and have expertise representing clients at inquests. Their appointments grow the civil liberties team to 16, including four partners, two associates and six solicitors.

Alice Hardy has over ten years’ experience in civil liberties and specialises in police law as well as cases arising from self-inflicted deaths in prison custody and actions against the prison service. She is recognised as an expert in her field by Chambers and has a particular interest in the treatment of young people with special needs by the criminal justice system. She represents those who have suffered discrimination on the ground of race, disability or gender and is an active member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, most recently giving evidence to the House of Commons Justice Committee on the impact of court fees increases on access to justice.

Sarah Flanagan is experienced in actions against the police, judicial reviews and representation at inquests. Most recently she has been working full time on the Hillsborough inquest as part of a team representing 77 of the families involved.

Hodge Jones & Allen’s award winning civil liberties team has a long track record of holding authorities to account and is one of the UK’s pre-eminent law firms in bringing claims against the police. The team also represents clients in inquests and in actions against the Prison Service, the Ministry of Defence, the Crown Prosecution Service, immigration detention centres and healthcare providers.

Susie Labinjoh, joint head of civil liberties at Hodge Jones & Allen, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alice and Sarah to the team. Alice has a leading reputation in her field and has successfully acted in a number of key cases involving vulnerable young people caught up in the criminal justice system. Her expertise, alongside Sarah’s valuable experience advising on the Hillsborough inquest, will be a significant boost to our team as we continue to take on important cases that challenge the police and other public authorities.”


For further information, please contact:
Louise Eckersley at Black Letter Communications
020 3567 1208

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Hodge Jones and Allen

Hodge Jones and Allen employs over 220 staff, based in Euston NW1. The firm’s team of specialists deal with Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Industrial Disease, Civil Liberties, Criminal Defence, Court of Protection, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family Law, Military Claims, Serious Fraud, Social Housing, Wills & Probate and Property Disputes.

  • Recognised as a Tier 1 firm across a number of disciplines by Chambers UK
  • Named as a leading firm by The Legal 500
  • Listed as number 137 in the Lawyer UK 200
  • Shortlisted for firm/not for profit agency by Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2014
  • Shortlisted for law firm of the year by Halsbury Legal Awards 2014