Patrick Allen is the Chair and Founder of PEF. He is the Senior Partner of Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, a firm he started when he qualified as a solicitor in 1977. The firm aimed to use the law to help people assert and defend their rights and to correct miscarriages of justice, and this remains its ethos. Hodge Jones & Allen now have 230 staff and operate from modern premises in Euston.
Patrick specialises in complex personal injury and multi-party cases and was involved in actions such as Gulf War illness, the New Cross Fire inquest, MMR, Sheep Dip and the Marchioness litigation, and more recently the Grenfell Tower claims. He was the President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a member of the Law Society Council. He sat as a Deputy District Judge from 1998 to 2014.
Patrick has a long standing interest in macroeconomics. Having seen the damage done to our society by 8 years of austerity, Patrick decided to form the Progressive Economy Forum to create alternative Keynesian inspired policies and help to explain economics to all.