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In pursuit of social reform

Even after four decades of practice, Patrick Allen still believes the law is an instrument for social justice, writes John van der Luit-Drummond

20 January 2015

The average lawyer will experience many ups and downs throughout their time in the profession. While the soaring highs will hopefully outnumber the extreme lows,
it is the latter that will often remain more vividly etched in the memories of those that practise law. Occasionally, some traumas will leave deeper scars and Patrick Allen, who many have described as a titan among personal injury practitioners, knows that better than most.

In a glittering career that has spanned four decades and been acclaimed by many, Allen’s worst moment in practice came fairly recently.
In March 2013 he happened to read an article in
The Times newspaper criticising an advertisement from his law firm which offered help and advice to claimants of the Magdalene Laundries scandal.

The Times had reported on a statement made
by the Irish government, which suggested that well-known firm Hodg...

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