Hudgell Solicitors appoints its first ever Senior Associates


Rachel Di Clemente

Chief Executive Officer

6 min read time
19 Apr 2024

Eight solicitors have been promoted to senior associate roles at Hudgell Solicitors and a further two to associate roles; the career progressions follow on from the firm’s move to employee ownership.

The promotions, across its core services of medical negligence, serious injury, civil liberties and group actions, follow a record-breaking year in business growth and recognise the contributions made by the ten individuals.

Hudgell Solicitors’ chief executive Rachel Di Clemente says the criteria for a successful senior associate position “cuts through” traditional conventions of length of service and seniority and rewards business initiative whether it be growth, training and development, financial performance or excellence in client care.

We believe that our employees should be recognised and progress if they are contributing to the growth of our business and their colleagues.

We are incredibly proud of the part they have played in our success.

These promotions include colleagues who have been with us for over 15 years, alongside colleagues who have joined us within the last few years.

It is also an important step in upward mobility as we recognise that not everyone has had the same career and education opportunities, and we are committed to ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

As a firm based in the North of England, we very much support social mobility and want to remove the hurdles of career progression.”

The promotions are equally split between Hudgells’ main offices in Hull and Manchester.

Those senior associates are: Caroline Murgatroyd, Michelle Tebbutt, Hayley Collinson, Terry Wilcox, Leanne Windass, Sam McFadyen, Matthew Gascoyne and Tracy Stansfield. Samantha Gardner and Abigail Frudd become associates.

Meet our Senior Associates


Terry Wilcox

Terry specialises in Public Inquiries and Inquests and is currently instructed in the Manchester Arena Bombing, Post Office IT Horizon and UK Covid-19 Inquiries. He is regularly interviewed on TV and radio, most recently concerning the Post Office and the Inquest into the death of Nicola Bulley. Terry has built strong relationships with both clients and counsel and developed a blueprint for how the firm approaches Inquiry work; he also provides a mentoring role for colleagues.


Caroline Murgatroyd

Caroline specialises in medical negligence claims and also manages a team of lawyers in our Manchester office which she helped set up. She is cited by Legal 500 as one of the city’s key solicitors and is consistently interviewed on radio and TV with regard to her legal cases, most recently regarding Great Ormond Street Hospital.  Her key areas of interest are birth injury and stillbirthbrain injury, delayed cancer diagnosis and spinal injuries.


Samuel McFadyen 

Sam is a highly experienced catastrophic personal injury solicitor with a demonstrated history of running cases of maximum severity. He has been an APIL Senior Litigator since 2017 and stands out for the number of outstanding client reviews in appreciation of their successful case outcomes; he is also a recommended solicitor in Legal 500.

Michelle Tebbutt 

Michelle specialises in medical negligence claims and qualified as a solicitor in 2014 before progressing to Associate Solicitor in 2021.  Externally she has taken up local roles in Headway and the Law Society’s Hull branch of which she will become president in 2024.  Michelle is “an associate to watch” according to Chamber & Partners and her cases are often covered by news media.

Hayley Collinson 

Hayley is a Senior Solicitor specialising in medical negligence cases and joined Hudgells in 2009. In that time, she has risen through the firm and is listed in the Legal 500; she is responsible for a team of lawyers and mentors trainee solicitors. Hayley has also been responsible for a business strategy that ensures clients have access to justice following the planned introduction of fixed costs. She has recorded podcasts for prospective clients and her cases are often covered by news outlets.


Leanne Windass 

Leanne joined Hudgells in 2010 and has been committed to the firm’s development. As Manager of Actions Against Police (AAP), Inquests and Group Actions in our Civil Liberties Department, Leanne oversees some of the most complex legal cases within the business, including the Post Office Malicious Prosecution claims, as well as overseeing the professional development of junior colleagues.

Tracy Stansfield 

Tracy joined Hudgell Solicitors in 2019 as a solicitor in our travel law department and most recently has also been part of our team helping those affected by the Post Office Horizon Scandal. She is listed as a key lawyer in Legal 500 and has a history of strong client reviews and testimonials for her client care. Tracy also mentors within the travel team and has contributed to our advice podcasts.

Matthew Gascoyne 

Matthew is a medical negligence solicitor who joined Hudgells in 2022. His work focuses on clients who have suffered severe and serious injuries and often result in high-value settlements. Recently Matthew became an APIL Senior Litigator and Clinical Negligence Accredited Lawyer and moved to our Manchester office as part of the firm’s expansion.  His cases regularly feature in the news media and he is often interviewed for radio and TV.


Meet our new associates:

Samantha Gardner 

Samantha is a senior medical negligence solicitor who joined the firm more than 16 years ago and has a particular interest in birth injuries. Recently she has been involved in building a relationship with a local charity, HER Breast Friends, and has done pro bono work at Inquests. Several of Samantha’s successful cases have been covered by news media and she has delivered training in her specialised area and supports trainees.


Abigail Frudd 

Abigail is a senior solicitor working in medical negligence; she rejoined Hudgells in 2022 after working for the firm previously. Since then, she has been committed to business development as well as training and mentoring colleagues and is an APIL Senior Litigator. Abigail is a keen contributor to her departmental strategy.

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