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Hodge Jones & Allen

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

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What the team is known for

Displays proficiency in actions against authority, with several key areas of focus including the representation of political protesters, the victims of miscarriages of justice and individuals involved in military or death in custody inquests. Able to draw upon the firm's resources in criminal, public and police law. Acts in failure to investigate claims on behalf of the victims of rape and sexual assault. Highly experienced in judicial review claims and other complaint procedures.

Work highlights

Represented the mother of Saskia Jones, one of the victims of the terrorist attack in November 2019, in the Fishmongers' Hall inquest.

Notable practitioners

Alice Hardy acts for individuals challenging unlawful decisions by public authorities, including police, the Ministry of Justice and local authorities. She has particular expertise bringing Article 2 and 3 ECHR claims.
"Alice Hardy is very thorough, has meticulous attention to detail and is great with clients." "She is very committed and very highly experienced."

Cormac McDonough acts for clients in a range of claims. These include representing bereaved families in inquest proceedings and associated civil claims, as well as recovering damages for those who have had personal information misused by police and other state bodies.
"Cormac manages to appear laid back, but he is absolutely switched on and his mastery of detail is second to none."

Jocelyn Cockburn is renowned for her expertise in bringing claims against the police and military. She is also highly adept at representing bereaved families at inquest.
"Jocelyn Cockburn is a real trailblazer." "She is really good at what she does."

Nancy Collins is highly thought of for her representation of individuals in civil actions and public law challenges against the police and the state. She also has expertise in inquests and public inquiries.
"Nancy Collins is really tactically astute." "She is strategic, collegiate and very clever. She is a really good lawyer working on some of the best inquests around." "She is completely down to earth, empathetic and thoughtful."

Sasha Barton is adept across a broad range of civil liberties cases, particularly when bringing claims against the police, local authorities and government departments. She is also experienced in handling sexual assault cases alleging police failure to protect victims.
"Sasha Barton thought about every detail on the case, including strengths and weaknesses."

Department head Susie Labinjoh is a highly respected civil practitioner. She is often sought out by those challenging actions of the state and the police, including claims of data-related breaches of human rights and misfeasance.
"Susie Labinjoh deals with really complex work. She is meticulous and dedicated to her clients." "She is really straightforward to work with and she comes up with fantastic points that others wouldn't think of." "Susie is a very calm head and is really effective."

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Who we are:

Our leading and well known team is dedicated to fighting on behalf of individuals to protect their fundamental rights.  We work closely with non-profit organizations, charities and campaigning groups in cases seeking to protect rights.  We have a proven track record in holding the state to account for human rights breaches and have a history of bringing innovative and creative challenges. 

Our team has built up niche expertise in areas such as deaths and mistreatment in state detention including in police custody, prison and immigration detention. We bring cases to protect the interests of vulnerable groups from abuse and neglect such as those in psychiatric detention and care homes, and are currently challenging state agencies on failing to bring air pollution levels within lawful limits.

We have a breadth of expertise across our highly regarded civil liberties team and are fearless in pursuing justice on behalf of our clients.

Our areas of expertise:

  • Actions against the police

  • Death in custody inquests and claims against detaining authorities

  • Challenges under the Human Rights Act

  • Judicial Reviews

  • Claims for miscarriages of justice

  • Equality and discrimination claims

Our solicitors have an outstanding track record for bringing ground breaking legal challenges as well as gaining compensation, apologies and admissions of wrongdoings for our clients.

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Hodge Jones & Allen


180 North Gower Street


Greater London



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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Alice Hardy
Band 4
Cormac McDonough
Up and Coming
Jocelyn Cockburn
Band 1
Nancy Collins
Band 2
Sasha Barton
Band 3
Susie Labinjoh
Band 1

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