Mrs Vicky Richardson > Hudgell Solicitors > Hull, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Civil Liberties

Position

Head of Civil Liberties and CICA Department
Vicky joined Hudgell Solicitors in 1998 and has more than 20 years’ experience in securing compensation for those who have suffered physically, psychologically and financially through no fault of their own.

Her caseload includes work relating to beaches of civil liberties, police assault, unlawful arrest, breaches of Data Protection laws and human rights.

She has represented clients at inquest, including families of the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, in which 22 people lost their lives.

Vicky has previously specialised in personal injury and has worked for two other law firms before joining Hudgell Solicitors

Career

SIGNIFICANT CASES

Vicky has worked alongside Neil Hudgell in representing 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. Hudgells were successful with a judicial review of the Welsh Government’s decision to exclude the family from participating effectively in the independent inquiry into how Mr Sargeant was sacked by the (now former) First Minister Carwyn Jones. Vicky was also part of the team which 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.’

Vicky continues to represent June Tron, mother of Philip, who was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017. He was one of 22 people killed when Salman Abedi detonated a home-made device in the arena foyer as around 14,000 people left the building. Inquests have been opened and adjourned, with a retired High Court Judge, Sir John Saunders, selected to be Coroner when the inquests are eventually held in 2020. 

She successfully secured compensation for two minors who were the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a relative.The police force involved failed to investigate concerns that had been raised at their home address, which could have resulted in the perpetrator being arrested several months sooner than they were.

Vicky also successfully secured compensation for an elderly lady who felt harassed as officers of a police force repeatedly attended at her home, looking for a relative who did not, nor had ever lived with her. On at least two occasions when officers attended her home, the relative was on remand at Armley Prison.

Another significant case she has led at Hudgell Solicitors has involved investigations into how a London Metropolitan Police Force list of suspected gangs came to be shared over social media – leading to innocent people being left in fear of attack.