Patrick qualified as a solicitor in 1977 when he founded Hodge Jones & Allen in Camden with Henry Hodge and Peter Jones. The ethos of the firm is to help individuals assert and defend their rights and correct miscarriages of justice. HJA now has 230 staff and operates from modern premises close to Euston station.
For over 30 years, Patrick has specialised in complex personal injury and multi-party cases including Gulf War illness claims for UK veterans, MMR and Sheep Dip multi-party actions and played a lead role in the King’s Cross Fire and Marchioness Litigation. Patrick acted for families in the second the New Cross Fire inquest and compensation claims for miscarriage of justice cases against the Home Office including the Bridgewater Four. More recently he has been involved in the Grenfell fire litigation.
He was President of APIL 2003-2004 and APIL Law Society Council Member 2002-2006.
He sat as a Deputy District Judge from 1998 to 2014. He acts as a Deputy for many brain injured clients.
Patrick writes and lectures on personal injury law, costs and management. He is a New Law Journal columnist.
In June 2017 Patrick was awarded the Solicitors Journal 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2018 Patrick founded the Progressive Economy Forum to develop a new macroeconomic programme for the UK. PEF publishes research and policy proposals and runs a wide variety of events. Patrick is the Chair of the Council.
Patrick enjoys playing the piano, windsurfing, growing vegetables and watching Arsenal FC.