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April 19th 2021

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Amanda Stevens leaves Hudgell Solicitors to become a Judge in the High Court

Dr Neil Hudgell

Dr Neil Hudgell

Executive Chairman

Amanda Stevens leaves Hudgell Solicitors to become a Judge in the High Court

Former Managing Director Amanda Stevens has left her role in the business to begin a career in the judiciary having being appointed as a Master in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court – a position Hudgell Solicitors’ owner Neil Hudgell says she ‘was born to do and will relish’.

Former Managing Director Amanda Stevens has left her role in the business to begin a career in the judiciary having being appointed as a Master in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court – a position Hudgell Solicitors’ owner Neil Hudgell says she ‘was born to do and will relish’.

Mrs Stevens, who joined the firm in 2016 and spent three years as Chief Executive before heading up Hudgells’ work in London and the south as Managing Director, was officially appointed to the role by Royal Warrant from The Queen.

In her new role she will oversee procedural aspects of civil claims at first instance in the High Court from issue through to trial, also conducting shorter trials on occasion.

It is a role she has worked towards over the past five years as a Deputy Master, alongside her work at Hudgells.

Having joined the firm in 2016, Mrs Stevens spent three years as Chief Executive overseeing a period of immense change for the business before being focused on development in London and the south as Managing Director for the past year.

In her new judicial role she will take the title of Master Stevens, having become only the third solicitor since the High Court of Justice was established in 1875 to be appointed as a Master – and only the 3rd ever woman appointed to the role.

Masters have the jurisdiction of a High Court judge, subject to certain restrictions set out in procedural rules and guidelines. The work of the Queen’s Bench Division concerns personal injury, negligence, breach of statutory duty, media claims including defamation, breach of contract, breaches of the Human Rights Act and non-payment of a debt.

The work of a Master includes costs budgeting, deciding complex interlocutory issues of jurisdiction, forum, service, limitation, summary disposal, evidence and enforcement as well as foreign process as delegated by the Senior Master. They may also undertake trials, usually those lasting up to three days, including trials of preliminary issues on liability or limitation, assessments of damages and shorter and less complex trials on all issues.

Years at Hudgell Solicitors have been ‘challenging, rewarding and treasured’

Mrs Stevens said: “I have had a tremendous five years at Hudgell Solicitors and I have enjoyed my various roles immensely. Each has had its challenges, but I have had the support of a wonderful group of talented people and it has been so rewarding to achieve what we have.

“I was proud to lead a three-year strategy alongside Neil Hudgell which ultimately ended with the recognition of being named in The Times Best 200 Law Firms list last year after a lot of hard work by everyone across the business. I am also so proud that the southern based team had such a strong year in 2020 and is well placed for the future.

“I also want to thank Neil for his immense support over the years. He has driven and inspired me in so many ways. He has been aware of my intention to move my career in this direction for some time and has been fully supportive of that ambition.

“I leave Hudgell Solicitors with recollections of hard work, many successes, and moments of great humour and kindness that will be my most treasured memories.

“I am honoured to have been offered this role and I am thoroughly excited to embark on a new and challenging part of my career.”

Mr Hudgell said: “Everybody at Hudgell Solicitors wishes Amanda well in her new career in the judiciary and in many ways, a role on the bench is one she was born to do and one she will certainly relish.

“Amanda has spent her entire legal career campaigning for the law to do better for people and to ensure justice is accessible to all. She is an exceptional litigator who cares deeply about the job, and most importantly cares deeply about people and righting wrongs.”

“Those qualities made her a perfect fit for our business when she joined and the perfect person for a role in the High Court now.

“I am certain she’ll be a big success, and a Judge who will be meticulous in her handling of cases to ensure the right outcome.”

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