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Hodge Jones & Allen Appoints Partners To Asbestos And Family Team

Lyndsey Gordon-Webb has joined HJA as a partner in the Asbestos team, and Vanessa Friend is re-joining the firm as a partner and Head of Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the Family Law team.

Lyndsey Gordon-Webb & Vanessa Friend

Lyndsey brings a wealth of experience dealing with complex disease cases as she has represented hundreds of claimants pursuing compensation in unitary and complex multi-party actions in the UK and internationally. In her previous role, Lyndsey was Head of Disease Litigation at Watkins and Gunn, where her team represented clients across the UK who suffered from a wide range of complaints, including mesothelioma and other asbestos-related complications.

In addition to representing claimants in traditional disease litigation cases, Lyndsey also represents members of the Armed Forces for a variety of health complaints including hearing loss, PTSD and non-freezing cold injury. This is a particular area of law that she is passionate about as several members of her family have served in the British Army.

Vanessa’s experience encompasses all areas of family law with a particular focus on the financial issues arising from relationship breakdown, pre-marital agreements, and leave-to-remove children’s cases. Vanessa is listed in the Legal 500 (2023) and is regarded as an “excellent negotiator”. Vanessa is also a Resolution trained mediator, which is increasingly important in family law.

Isobel Lovett, Head of the Asbestos team at Hodge Jones & Allen said: “Lyndsey’s experience will be invaluable to our team as we continue our work to ensure those impacted by asbestos can get the help they need. Her passion for justice and placing her clients at the heart of her work will serve her well at Hodge Jones & Allen.”

Lyndsey Gordon-Webb, Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the team at Hodge Jones & Allen and sharing my experience. Hodge Jones & Allen have a track record of fighting the injustices faced by those who have had their lives turned upside down by industrial diseases, helping them to secure justice and compensation for treatment and to make up for lost earnings.”

Jacqueline Major, Head of the Family Law team at Hodge Jones & Allen said: “We are so pleased to welcome Vanessa back to Hodge Jones & Allen. She will be a fantastic addition to our team, as we continue to provide the highest quality service to clients with the focus being on negotiation and settlement.”

Vanessa Friend, Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen said: “I am delighted to be re-joining Hodge Jones & Allen as a Partner in the Family Law team. The team has a great reputation for their dedication to supporting clients and I look forward to being a part of a team with strong values at the core of their work.”