Hudgell Solicitors > Hull, England > Firm Profile

Hudgell Solicitors
NUMBER 2 @ THE DOCK
46 HUMBER STREET
HULL
HU1 1TU
England

Insurance > Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

Jane Woodcock leads Hudgell Solicitors‘ personal injury practice which focuses on providing high quality rehabilitation support to clients. It handles catastrophic injuries, with experience in neurotrauma, orthopaedic, amputee and chronic pain cases; Rachel Di Clemente and associate Samuel McFadyen are names to note. On the clinical negligence side, Chris Moore and Vince Shore demonstrate ‘excellent leadership’ and are supported by associate Helena Wood, who focuses on surgical errors, delayed cancer diagnoses and obstetric and gynaecological cases. The firm is praised for its ‘professional service delivered with a human heart’.

Practice head(s):

Chris Moore; Vince Shore; Jane Woodcock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hudgell’s are an innovative and forward thinking firm who have put considerable thought into providing the best possible service to their clients.’

‘They are hugely dedicated to their clients and have huge experience in getting successful results across the full spectrum of clinical negligence claims.’

‘Clients’ interests are very clearly listened to and appropriate advice is tendered at all times. Clients seem to have a real connection with those representing them. All in all, a professional service delivered with a human heart.’

‘Felt so at ease and never pressured by anyone, always believed in you and made you feel at ease even through difficult times.’

‘Samuel McFadyen – highly talented solicitor, very effective negotiator and communicator, handles the largest of cases with skill and efficiency.’

‘They have excellent leadership in Chris Moore and Vince Shore, who both have a substantial case load of high value, maximum severity claims.’

‘Helena Wood has all the key characteristics of a great claimant lawyer: she is highly dedicated to her clients, she is personable and patient with them, she works hard, and she is realistic about her cases.’

‘I have been impressed by the diversity of the clinical negligence work done by the solicitors at Hudgells – each case is well managed which is testament to the experience of the partners and the quality of the more junior solicitors.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant in a successful High Court ruling against Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, relating to a child who suffered life-long brain injury.
  • Acted on behalf of a claimant to obtain an on-going package of financial, physical and emotional support following a car accident where he sustained a severe brain injury.
  • Represented a claimant after life-threatening injuries following a head-on car crash, including overseeing a complete support package under The Rehabilitation Code.  

Transport > Travel Tier 3

Hudgell Solicitors represents hundreds of clients across England and Wales, and is recognised for excellent standards of client support, evidenced by their rehabilitation support including medical treatment. The department operates a buddying system, whereby former clients offer support to those with life-changing injuries. The team is led by Paul McClorry, an expert in international law who boasts a 'vast amount of experience' of focusing on complex cross-jurisdictional cases. Extensive international legal contacts support the wide range of work undertaken by the team, with many cases including instructing solicitors in other countries.

Practice head(s):

Paul McClorry

Other key lawyers:

Tracy Stansfield; Stacey Cave

Testimonials

‘Hudgells are an up-coming player in the travel sector who are beginning to make a name for themselves, with an expanding portfolio of cases.’

‘Paul McClorry is an experienced player who has successfully grown his own team at Hudgells with impressive success.’

‘Stacey Cave is very helpful and always prompt to respond to emails or phone calls.’

‘Paul McClorry; a leader by example and trusted. Solidity and skill of the team he leads are second to none. With his personable and approachable nature, fortitude, and trust, Paul’s knowledge and conversance with both the claimant and defendant sides is outstanding.’

Key clients

Cape Verde Group Action

Work highlights

  • Secured a High Court ruling in favour of a client who suffered a life-changing brain injury when involved in an accident at a motorcycling ‘track day’ experience in Spain. Used the firm’s extensive international legal contacts to instruct a Spanish lawyer to advise on liability issues under Spanish law.
  • Acted for the family of a man who died in a ski accident in France, bringing a claim against the English insurer of the other skier.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 4

Hudgell Solicitors fields an ‘excellent, ambitious and motivated‘ group, dedicated to challenging the failings of state bodies and institutions; this regularly includes representing clients in Article 2 inquests. The work of the department is overseen by executive chairman Neil Hudgell, whose approach ‘strikes an enviable balance between strategic thinking and human empathy‘. Civil liberties practice head Vicky Richardson is noted as being ‘smart, incisive and considered in her team leadership‘.

Practice head(s):

Neil Hudgell; Vicky Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Terry Wilcox

Testimonials

‘My experience is that their team routinely provides excellent client care; they are responsive and proactive. They are quick to consider the wider needs of their clients and the bigger picture beyond the case to hand. This is a skill which is reflected in their involvement in some of the most high profile claims and cases in the last 12 – 18 months.’

‘Neil Hudgell leads an exceptional team. He holds the trust and confidence of his clients in a way which I’ve rarely seen. He approaches his business and his clients’ claims in a way which strikes an enviable balance between strategic thinking and human empathy.’

‘Vicky Richardson is smart, incisive and considered in her team leadership. She delivers on the law while being both responsive and approachable.’

‘They are very client-centric and have an excellent and professional relationship with their clients. They are attentive to advice and always strive to achieve the tasks that we have agreed. An excellent, ambitious and motivated team.’

‘Terry Wilcox is a standout solicitor. He runs a tight ship, supports his team of solicitors, trainees and caseworkers and gets the best out of them. He is excellent with clients.’

‘Hudgell Solicitors have the ability to truly understand what a client wants, and to communicate with them in a sensible, sensitive manner. They do not seek to pursue cases as causes where the client does not want this. They are able to manage a client’s expectations suitably and always be on hand to guide a client through a delicate case.’

‘Vicky Richardson is a star among the civil liberties field. She is able to manage the civil liberties team with extreme diligence and has successfully taken it from strength to strength.’

‘Neil Hudgell is an outstanding lawyer, and recognised as such widely. He regularly appears as a commentator on TV and radio. He is, in every respect, a staunch defender of human rights.’

Key clients

Various (Post Office Horizon conviction appeals)

Families at the Manchester Arena Inquiry

Injured victims of the Manchester Arena bombing

Clients in claims against Randox Testing Services

Work highlights

  • Representing former subpostmasters across England and Wales who were victims of the Post Office Horizon Scandal.
  • Representing families who lost loved ones in the Manchester Arena bombing at a public inquiry.
  • Represented the families of four young gay men murdered by serial killer Stephen Port at an inquest into their deaths.

Hudgell solicitors has established itself as one of the most progressive and ambitious law firms in the North of England and is now recognised as one of the Top 200 law firms in the UK.

The firm’s respected brand is characterised by its dedication to client care, to righting wrongs, fighting for justice and delivering the best possible outcome for every client.

About the firm: Established in 1997, Hudgell Solicitors has expanded through strategic growth and acquisitions in recent years. It now represents thousands of clients in claims for clinical negligence, personal and criminal injury, civil liberties and serious injury and illness abroad.

It is also one of only a small number of firms to have a legal aid franchise for representing families in traumatic cases when a child suffers a neurological injury up to eight weeks from birth.

Led by Executive Chairman Neil Hudgell and CEO Rachel Di Clemente, it has continually reacted and anticipated changes in the industry to grow as others have exited the market.

In the summer of 2018, an office was opened in Manchester and the firm is now building on three years of success in the north-west by increasing its team and office space in Manchester. This follows continued growth in client numbers in the civil liberties and travel litigation departments. The firm’s serious injury and clinical negligence departments will also now operate from the Manchester office as well as the firm’s head office in Hull.

The strategic plan of the firm now centres around its two main operational hubs in the north.  The expansion in the north-west is to complement the excellent, long established team in Hull, providing seriously injured people with first rate legal support and access to the best rehabilitation.

In 2020, the firm also appointed Eve Carter to head up a Court of Protection team from Manchester and offering further specialist support to the growing serious injury team.

The expanding Manchester-based Civil Liberties team, led by experienced inquests and inquiries specialist solicitor Terry Wilcox, has represented the families of victims at the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Joint Head of Clinical Negligence Vince Shorevs@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk0808 231 3616
Joint Head of Clinical Negligence Chris Moorecjm@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk0808 231 3616
Head of Travel Litigation Paul McClorrypmc@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk0808 231 3616
Associate - Criminal Injuries Nicola Bailey-Gibbsnbg@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk0808 231 3616
Head of Civil Liberties Vicky Richardsonvr@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk0808 231 3616
Head of Personal Injury Jane Woodcockjw@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk0808 231 3616
CEO Rachel Di Clementerdc@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk0808 231 3616
Head of Court of Protection Eve Carterexc@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk0808 231 3616
Serious Injury Manager Sarah Pattensjp@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk0808 231 3616
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Becci Ashfield photoMrs Becci AshfieldAll areas of personal injury. I deal with all areas of personal…
Hayley Collinson photoMrs Hayley CollinsonSolicitorHayley has risen through the ranks at Hudgell Solicitors to the role…
Lauren Dale photoMs Lauren DaleSolicitor
Rachel Di Clemente photo Rachel Di ClementeCEO Rachel joined Hudgell Solicitors as Chief Executive in May 2020. She…
Neil Hudgell photoDr Neil HudgellNeil established the firm in 1997 and has led its continued growth…
Sarah Kidd photoMrs Sarah KiddSolicitor.Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and joined Hudgell Solicitors in…
Elizabeth Maliakal photo Elizabeth MaliakalAssociate (Clinical Negligence)
Chris Moore photoMr Chris MooreSenior Solicitor and Joint Head of Clinical Negligence Chris is recognised as…
Caroline Murgatroyd photo Caroline MurgatroydAssociate (Clinical Negligence)
Vicky Richardson photoMrs Vicky RichardsonHead of Civil Liberties and CICA DepartmentVicky joined Hudgell Solicitors in 1998…
Vince Shore photoMr Vince ShoreSenior Solicitor and Joint Head of Clinical Negligence.
Leanne Stephenson photoMrs Leanne StephensonAssociate (Civil Liberties) Leanne has been a qualified solicitor since 2005. She leads…
Michelle Tebbutt photoMs Michelle TebbuttMichelle Tebbutt | Hudgell Solicitors Medical Negligence, dental negligence, delayed diagnosis, orthopaedic…
Helena Wood photoMrs Helena WoodAssociate (Clinical Negligence)
Jane Woodcock photoMrs Jane WoodcockSenior Legal Executive Jane has been with the firm for over 18…
Number of UK partners : 1
Number of other UK fee-earners : 90+

CLIENT: Jo Hamilton
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: I have been represented by Hudgell Solicitors in what has been described as “The biggest miscarriage of justice in British legal history” The Post Office/Horizon scandal. Despite the enormous task they had, their professionalism and utter dedication to their clients is second to none. Every step has been explained and every question answered. I know I am in the safest of hands for the rest of my battle and I can’t recommend Hudgell Solicitors more highly. They are quite simply the best and I thank Neil Hudgell and his amazing team for everything they have done for me.


CLIENT: Carol Pendlebury
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TESTIMONIAL: My husband was let down by the NHS and ended up with an amputation of part of his foot. I contacted Hudgells for advice, and they agreed to take my husband’s case on. I can’t praise Shauna enough as she has been so professional and helpful with everything concerning my case. I’ve felt at ease and had every confidence in her. She took me through the case step by step and went the extra mile to ensure I was ok with the way it was all being handled. Thank you all so much for working so hard on the case on our behalf and winning the case.


CLIENT: Katy Wilson
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TESTIMONIAL: My experience with Michelle Nurse, the solicitor who handled my case at Hudgell Solicitors, was so professional and helpful from start to finish. I am greatly appreciative for their very high standard of client care, which was maintained throughout my case, and communication was always well explained and prompt. I am happy with the result of my case. I would recommend this excellent law firm to anyone as this is the second time using them and both of these times I felt cared for as an individual. Thank you again, Michelle, for all your efforts.


CLIENT: Simon Cambridge
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TESTIMONIAL: I was assigned a lovely lady called Mobeena and from the outset she was brilliant. I found the whole procedure from start to finish extremely smooth. Mobeena was friendly, approachable, professional and courteous throughout, and nothing was ever too much trouble. She always kept me informed of updates to my claim, and even when she was on annual leave, other staff members kept me informed of any updates too. I am extremely happy with the outcome and I would definitely recommend Hudgell Solicitors to others. Thank you Mobeena and everyone in the team at Hudgell Solicitors.


CLIENT: Peter Taylor
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TESTIMONIAL: The service received was well structured and clear. Information was provided which allowed informed decisions to be made. Overall, I would rate the service highly both the way it was conducted, and the outcome achieved. The solicitor acting for me, Tracy Stansfield was clearly experienced and knowledgeable about both personal injury claims and the intricacies of dealing with a foreign organisation. Tracy’s advice and strategy during the final negotiations resulted in an excellent outcome with my settlement well in excess of that expected. This was particularly commendable given the intransigent and uncommunicative approach adopted by the defendant. Tracy used this to my advantage to increase the final payment.


CLIENT: Gail Ward
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TESTIMONIAL: I would highly recommend Hudgell Solicitors as a solicitor to anyone who is needing legal advice. All the staff that I have dealt with are totally professional. I have been kept informed with everything that is happening every step of the way throughout my claim. There is always someone willing to explain anything that you don’t quite understand, and they will answer any questions you have. You are treated at all times as a friend, not an unknown client. Whoever is dealing with your case really takes the time to get to know you.


Hudgell Solicitors are committed to promoting diversity and avoiding discrimination in all of its dealings with personnel, clients and third parties. We are also committed to promoting diversity in all of our professional activities. In particular, as a business we:

  • Promote equality and diversity in our policies, practices and procedures and in all areas of our work in which it has influence;
  • We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

Our leadership team take pride in their commitment to creating an environment where our staff are respected as individuals and everyone is treated fairly, equally and with respect. We recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce and during our recruitment process, anyone who applies for a position with the company is treated equally and fairly. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments for those with disabilities in relation to job opportunities, promotion and training. These same principles apply to our dealings with clients, suppliers and third parties.

Our equality and diversity statement and our latest SRA diversity survey key statistics are available on our website here.

We have also just relaunched our new community/CSR strategy which now includes a commitment to being ‘locally loyal’ and a programme of community support including:

  • Local partnerships and investment;
  • Benevolent fund and pro bono advice
  • Annual charity of choice; and
  • Departmental charity support.

We are also actively considering our Early Careers Programme and how an apprenticeship programme may help us recruit staff from more diverse backgrounds.

The legal profession is often seen as elitist and we are therefore proud to say that 63.6% of our staff who completed the 2021 SRA diversity survey at the firm attended a non-selective state run or funded school and a further 29.5% attended a selective state run or funded school.

It is of course a core regulatory principle that we act in a way that encourages equality, diversity and inclusion, however at Hudgell Solicitors we want our commitment to diversity to go beyond this and be an inherent strength of the business.