Rachel Di Clemente > Hudgell Solicitors > Hull, England > Lawyer Profile

Hudgell Solicitors

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Chief Executive Officer



Rachel joined Hudgell Solicitors as Chief Executive in May 2020. She was previously Legal Services Director at Minster Law.

She joins with a track record of business development in the serious injury market and experience in developing and executing transformational growth and change strategy in the legal services sector.

Rachel also has an established reputation for developing and improving customer experience and enhancing employee satisfaction and engagement within firms.


Having joined Minster Law to lead its Catastrophic Injury Team in York, Rachel went on to run the firm’s serious injury teams across offices in London, Wakefield and York as Head of Serious Injury prior to her appointment to the Board of Directors in 2018.

Rachel started her career at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds in 1998, initially working in the motor claims team, overseeing a volume caseload of road traffic accident cases up to a value of £150,000.

Initially commencing her legal training whilst working via the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Rachel decided to pursue qualification as a Solicitor, returning to college whilst working full time.  She undertook a part-time study training contract alongside her work and was the first ever member of Irwin Mitchell to be appointed to the role of Associate whilst still a trainee.

Rachel went on to specialise in catastrophic and industrial accident work for the majority of her fee-earning career, running and supervising neuro trauma and serious orthopaedic/amputee cases of the utmost severity, with her own cases settling for damages reaching £10million.

During this time she also developed an expertise in chronic pain cases. Heading up the workplace accident team in Newcastle, Rachel developed an expertise in supporting migrant workers who had sustained catastrophic injuries during the course of their employment.

During her career, which has also included time at Alexanders Solicitors in Wetherby, Rachel has also undertaken a mix of clinical negligence, industrial accident, child abuse and broader civil litigation work.

She has undertaken a number of business wide leadership roles alongside her fee earning work to develop new areas of business for her firms. She has hosted and spoken at a number of internal and external seminars and been a guest speaker and panel member for the Insurance Post and Modern Claims.

During her last year at Minster Law she also held the position of Compliance Officer for Legal Practice, a position she has also taken on at Hudgell Solicitors.


  • SRA approved Compliance Officer
  • FCA approved Manager
  • Retired Magistrate
  • Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership (CMI)
  • Exiting Board Member/ Legal Services Director at Minster Law

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > 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’.