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Crime duo promoted to partnership at HJA

Posted on: 1st May 2018

London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA) has promoted criminal defence solicitors Leo Martin and Gary Monks to its partnership, bringing the number of partners at the firm to 47.

Leo, who has worked as a criminal litigator for more than a decade, joined HJA in 2009 from Galbraith Branley. He defends clients accused of a variety of offences at all levels of seriousness and specialises in providing pre-charge advice and representation.

Gary qualified in 1999 and joined HJA in 2014 from Mackesys. His practice encompasses all aspects of criminal defence and regulatory work, including violence, murder, firearms, fraud and sexual offences.

Also promoted from Associate to Senior Associate are criminal defence solicitors Perveen Hill and Jennifer Siddorn. The following are also promoted from Solicitor to Associate:

  • Claire Brigham (Civil Liberties)
  • Darrell Ennis-Gayle (Criminal defence)
  • Emma Hall (Personal injury)
  • Caroline Liggins (Crime defence)
  • Edward Sharp (Housing)
  • Nicola Stone (Private client)
  • Emily Welstead (Personal injury)

Vidisha Joshi, Managing Partner of Hodge Jones & Allen, says: “It’s extremely rewarding to be able to promote so many people across the firm and is a testament to the hard work and dedication that each solicitor has shown. I’d like to congratulate each one and thank them for their dedication. It’s hugely reassuring for me as Managing Partner to have such a strong range of talent across our business to allow us to build for the future.”


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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 senior partner is Patrick Allen, recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by Solicitors Journal and managing partner, Vidisha Joshi (recent winner of an Asian Woman of Achievement Award).
  • 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.

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