Neil as led the business through continued expansion, ensuring is commitment to client care remains first class. He has ensured Hudgell Solicitors is a firm which takes a holistic approach to all clients and offers much more than legal solutions, with a network of partners established able to give high quality rehabilitation support to clients. Neil is passionate about ensuring the firm’s lawyers care about each case and situation, and are completely dedicated to looking after their client’s specfic needs.

SIGNIFICANT CASES

My role for some years has been mainly in strategy and development but in 2017 I returned to personally representing in cases when the firm was instructed by the four families of the victims of murderer Stephen Port. We have supported them through an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation into possible failings by the Met Police, and will continue to do so as inquests are held in 2020.

I have also jointly led the representation of the family of former Welsh Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant, who was found dead days after being sacked from the Labour party. Carl committed suicide in November 2017 after being sacked from his cabinet post as Secretary for Communities and Children. Allegations had been made against him, but he was never told what they were, and his impending removal from government was leaked to the media before he knew. I represented the family at inquest, when the coroner recorded a conclusion of ‘suicide’ and said he believed there was ‘a real risk that future deaths will occur in the event of political sackings unless action is taken by the Welsh Government.’

I was also proud of my role in securing a Court of Appeal ruling (Budana) in which it was ruled that ‘no win no fee’ agreements could be validly transferred from one firm to another. It was ruling which will ensure potentially thousands of people who suffer a personal injury will be able to secure the legal representation they need, especially as many firms have been leaving the market.
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