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New boss, same vision

Founded to fight injustice, Hodge Jones & Allen has new leadership, but the firm’s values remain the same

30 January 2017

When newly qualified Vidisha Joshi was turned down for a vacancy at Hodge Jones & Allen she could hardly have imagined that some 15 years later she would be appointed managing partner of the firm, making her one of the youngest lawyers in the country to run a major legal services business. If there is a downside to her meteoric rise to the top of the Camden-based firm, it is that her elevation comes at a time of significant uncertainty in the legal marketplace. Not that Joshi is too worried about her firm’s future, however.

The story began in 2002, when HJA advertised for a one-to-two years’ PQE clinical negligence solicitor. Joshi, who is the daughter of Kenyan immigrants, had graduated from Leicester University in 1999 before completing her legal training at West End firm Portner and Jaskel. Seeing a vacancy at a firm she had a burning desire to work at, the young personal injury lawyer took a c...

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