Hudgell Solicitors are hoping it proves a case of ‘third time lucky’ at the Yorkshire Legal Awards as the firm has been shortlisted for a major prize once again.
Having been finalists in ‘Law Firm’ categories in both 2015 and 2007 only to narrowly miss out on winning, the firm’s work has once again seen a panel of expert judges identify it as one of the best performing in the region.
The firm has been shortlisted in the ‘Medium Sized Law Firm of the Year’ category for 2018, reflecting a year in which teams in Hull and Leeds have had a major impact on the continuing growth of the business.
Chief executive Amanda Stevens says she is delighted that the success of the specialist teams in the two Yorkshire offices has been recognised.
She said: “This is further recognition of the hugely positive impact our teams in Hull and Leeds have on the success of the business, and on the lives of our clients.
“We are developing key areas of work across the business and this has been no more apparent than in Leeds and Hull where new specialist areas of litigation have been driven and grown over the past 12 months.”
New specialist travel claims team developed from Leeds base
A key appointment in Leeds in the past 12 months has been the addition of experienced litigator Paul McClorry, who has a national and international reputation in travel litigation and is a Chambers and Partners ranked specialist.
He is heading up a department which already has significant volumes of cases and is going from strength to strength.
“Paul’s team handles personal injury claims across the world, with Paul specialising in complex and high-value cases and representing people who have sustained spinal and brain injuries, and families who have lost relatives as a result of incidents abroad,” added Mrs Stevens.
“Our Leeds team is also doing some fantastic work with regards to rehabilitation for our clients and solicitor Samuel McFadyen has already won industry recognition this year for his work in helping numerous victims of life-changing injury.
“We’ve also developed a very strong reputation for supporting victims of abuse, with Victoria Neale securing compensation for 11 people who were sexually abused as children at the hands of a former GP who died before anybody made allegations. These are difficult and sensitive cases but Victoria has been highly praised by clients for her support.
“This has complimented our extensive Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) work in Leeds, an area in which we have led the way in supporting innocent victims of crime through the legal process of claiming compensation.”
Hull headquarters has grown civil liberties department running national cases
In Hull, at the firm’s headquarters, a successful and growing national civil liberties and human rights team continues to be managed and led alongside the continued success of large personal injury and medical negligence departments.
It now has many cases of national significance, including the representation of survivors, residents and bereaved family members and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
In Hull, managing director Neil Hudgell has returned to active representation on cases, including representing the family of former Welsh Government Minster Carl Sargeant, who took his own life days after being sacked from his role.
Mr Hudgell is also working alongside lawyer Andrew Petherbridge in representing the families of four men killed by murderer Stephen Port, in cases which focus on alleged failings by the Metropolitan Police.
Hudgell Solicitors has also continued to give back to the community across Yorkshire through the Neil Hudgell Trust, supporting charities Simon on the Streets in Leeds and The Hull Homeless Community Project.
The firm also continues to provide support to the Paul 4 Brain Recovery community support centre in Hull, The Tommy Coyle Boxing Academy, which offers free memberships to all under-17s, and The Electric Eeels Powerchair Football Team.
Awards highlight ‘outstanding’ legal talent
The Yorkshire Legal Awards were launched in 2000 to recognise ‘outstanding talent’. The ceremony will be held at New Dock Hall, in Leeds, in October.
Mrs Stevens added: “We’re keeping our fingers crossed that it is third time lucky given our previous short-listings. The past 12 months has seen great success not only for our business and clients, but also in some of our achievements which have had an industry wide impact, such as the ruling on the transfer of Conditional Fee Agreements between firms.
“Whatever the result though, this is a reflection that we have consistently been one of the top achieving law firms across Yorkshire for a number of years, and that is a real reason to celebrate.”