Centre for Access to Justice


Hodge Jones & Allen Personal Injury Clinic

Applications for this opportunity are now open.

About this project:
To support members of the public who have suffered a personal injury, Hodge Jones & Allen have partnered with UCL to offer free one-off advice sessions through the HJA Personal Injury Clinic. The Clinic will be open to all individuals in England & Wales. 

Hodge Jones & Allen has represented ordinary people caught up in the most extraordinary events for over four decades. The firm was founded in 1977 by Henry Hodge, Peter Jones & Patrick Allen with offices established on Camden High Street, London. To this day Patrick Allen is still at the helm and he remains committed to providing first-class legal help to individuals and organisations alike, based on a strong set of ethical values that permeate throughout the firm. 

How does it work?
Students will be working as volunteers with Daniel Denton and his colleagues to support the delivery of this pro bono clinic run by HJA. Students will be responsible for managing new enquiries as they come in, contacting clients for further information if necessary before preparing a brief case note for HJA solicitors. Once the case note has been reviewed by HJA, student volunteers will be responsible for arranging a meeting between the client and HJA solicitors. Following the meeting, students will be expected to prepare an attendance note and a draft letter of advice.  

We are also recruiting one student who can take a more supervisory role ensuring that enquiries are being dealt with in a timely fashion and meetings are being arranged as necessary. They will liaise with CAJ staff in the first instance if there are any particular issues.

What are we looking for?
Students in Year 2, 3, 4 of the LLB or LLM are eligible to apply. We are looking for students who can demonstrate the following qualities: 

  • Ability to work independently and part of a team  

  • Attention to detail  

  • reliability and commitment, good interpersonal and communication skills, including written and oral; 

  • willingness and ability to be flexible, open minded, and non-judgemental regarding clients and their problems; 

  • Strong administrative and organisational skills

Time Commitment:
All work will be done remotely. We anticipate that the time commitment required from assistants will vary from week to week as you will need to devote more time to the project in periods when you have been allocated an advice session to prepare for. Students are asked to commit to one advice session with HJA solicitors a month plus approximately a half day a week equivalent to manage enquiries, draft case notes, and prepare draft letters of advice.  

Training and Qualification:
Students will be asked to undertake the mandatory comprehensive training covering areas essentials such as safeguarding, GDPR and professional conduct. Selected candidates will also receive additional training from HJA solicitors on personal injury law including how to conduct interviews and how a PI case is run.  

How to apply
To apply, please complete this online form. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm on the 23rd October 2023.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ram Sabaratnam at Ram.sabaratnam.19@ucl.ac.uk.