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Statement from Jocelyn Cockburn to mark the 25th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s death

Jocelyn Cockburn is a partner and joint head of the civil liberties team at London law firm, Hodge Jones & Allen. She has been Mr. Lawrence’s solicitor since April 2004, when he instructed the firm to challenge the decision made by the Crown Prosecution Service that nobody would face prosecution for the murder of Stephen. This decision was later reversed and two of the suspects, Gary Dobson and David Norris, were convicted of his murder on 3 January, 2012 at the Old Bailey.

Jocelyn says: “This is a momentous milestone for my client, Neville Lawrence, and I am humbled by his message of forgiveness to mark the anniversary of his son’s death.

“Neville can feel proud of what he has achieved in the intervening years and I will continue to support him through the Undercover Policing Inquiry and any issues that come out of the investigation into Stephen’s death. My thoughts are with him at this sad time.”


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Hodge Jones and Allen

  • Hodge Jones and Allen is one of the UK’s most progressive law firms, renowned for doing things differently and fighting injustice. Its managing partner is Patrick Allen, recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by Solicitors Journal.
  • For 40 years’ the firm has been at the centre of many of the UK’s landmark legal cases that have changed the lives and rights of many people.
  • The firm’s team of specialists have been operating across: 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.
  • In 2016, the firm launched Hearing their voices – a campaign to raise awareness and build conversations around the issues and the injustices we might all face.