Law Society appointments feature Hodge Jones & Allen duo
Posted on: 1st September 2017
Daniel Fitzpatrick, housing partner, has been elected to the Law Society Council. At the same time, the firm’s managing partner, Vidisha Joshi, has been appointed to the Society’s Civil Justice Committee. Both appointments are effective 1 September.
Daniel Fitzpatrick is elected to the Society’s Council as its housing representative. He is also a long-standing member of the Society’s Housing Committee, since 2013.
The Law Society Council has 100 seats, comprising 61 geographical constituencies and 39 special interest groups and areas of practice. The Council agrees the strategic direction of the Society’s work, including the annual business plan and budget and changes to the Society’s policy and rules.
Daniel says: “I’m delighted to be joining the Law Society Council and see it as natural extension of my work on the Housing Committee. It’s crucial that solicitors lead the way in lobbying government on the development of law reform and legal practice, and I am very much looking forward to representing my peers on wide-range of housing issues.”
Vidisha Joshi became managing partner of Hodge Jones & Allen at the beginning of the year and also heads the firm’s award-winning personal injury team. Vidisha joins the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee (CJC).
The role of the CJC is to keep under review and promote improvements in civil litigation and provide guidance to the profession. The CJC is chaired by David Marshall and until recently, Patrick Allen, the firm’s senior partner was a co-opted member.
Vidisha Joshi says: “Following Lord Justice Jackson’s review into fixed recoverable costs, this is a critical time for wide swathes of the profession. As a result, I will be looking to engender more engagement with claimant and defendant members to ensure their voices are heard at a policy making level.
“I’d also like to congratulate Daniel on his election. He is one of the UK’s leading housing lawyers and will no doubt do a tremendous job representing his peers on the Council.”
Notes for Editors
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.
- 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.