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Hodge Jones & Allen appoints new managing partner

Posted on: 16th December 2016

Pioneering London law firm, Hodge Jones & Allen has appointed 38-year-old Vidisha Joshi to be its new managing partner, making her one of the youngest lawyers in the country to run a major firm.

Senior partner Patrick Allen, will hand over the role on 3 January 2017, having been in the job for the last 40 years since opening the firm. He will retain his role as senior partner and chair of the firm’s management board.

Since its creation in 1977, Hodge Jones & Allen has been at the forefront of some of the UK’s most renowned legal cases particularly in multiparty actions, medical negligence, housing, civil liberties, family, human rights and criminal law. Today it employs over 230 people and is one of the largest ‘personal law’ providers with ten departments and an annual turnover of £16m.

It has been a meteoric rise for personal injury solicitor Vidisha Joshi. She joined the firm in 2012 to implement a new case management system across the firm, which she delivered in just six months, a year ahead of schedule.

A year later she was promoted to associate and after a further 12 months later to partner. In 2015, she was promoted a third time to head the firm’s largest department – personal injury – also joining the firm’s board as an equity partner.

Vidisha will carry on leading the firm’s PI team and acting for clients, particularly in relation to accidents in public places. Current cases include acting on behalf of the husband of a woman who was killed in Knightsbridge by a falling tree during Hurricane Gonzalo.

Vidisha Joshi says: “It’s been a real journey in a short space of time. I joined Hodge Jones & Allen because I fully believed in the firm’s ethos. We have a rich heritage of fighting for justice and I am passionate about becoming one of the guardians of that legacy. I am excited about steering our brilliant people through the firm’s next evolution.

“Undoubtedly, the firm’s partnership will continue to face challenges but we have successfully adapted to survive fundamental changes over the last two decades including the loss of most legal aid and the LASPO reforms. We have coped with intensifying competition and regulatory and funding changes and are stronger for it. Our highly analytical approach gives us insight into how our business runs and with it comes the ability to make well-informed decisions, while ensuring we remain relevant to the people whose rights we are fighting for.”

Vidisha has been instrumental in the firm’s Continuous Innovation Programme, which is ensuring the firm can continue to deliver on its founding values of ‘doing things differently’ and ‘fighting injustice’.

The programme was introduced four years ago in the face of significant legislative reform including the Jackson reforms, slashing of legal aid and the introduction of fixed costs. It involved looking closely at the firm’s management, type of work undertaken, fee recovery processes and resource requirements.

Patrick Allen, says: “I am immensely proud of what the firm has achieved since I set it up with Henry Hodge and Peter Jones in 1977. It has been incredible to be part of creating legal history with many groundbreaking cases which have helped people to overcome adversity. We have attracted amazing lawyers to the firm and trained many more.

“As senior partner, I will continue to play a key role in the business and its future strategy. I am confident that with Vidisha the firm has a great leader with the drive and determination to take it forward and continue the fight for justice for our clients by using the law to improve their lives.”

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Notes for Editors

  • Vidisha worked previously with Prolegal and qualified with West End firm Portners.
  • Hodge Jones and Allen is one of the UK’s most progressive law firms, renowned for doing things differently and fighting injustice. For almost 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.
  • Co-founder Patrick Allen is still at the helm of the firm he co-founded in 1977.
  • Staff statistics: 67% female; 33% male; 47% – White British; 19% – Asian; 15% – Other European; 6% – Black; 1% – Chinese
  • 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.