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Fisher Meredith Solicitors’ expertise acquired by Hudgell Solicitors

Andrew Arthur | Police Complaints Solicitor and Head of Civil Liberties Department London


Hudgell Solicitors is delighted to have further expanded its Human Rights Breaches department by appointing a leading civil liberties expert from Fisher Meredith Solicitors London.

Andrew Arthur, the Head of Fisher Meredith LLP’s Police Law and Civil Liberties department has joined Hudgell Solicitors to oversee its rapidly growing department in the capital.

Highly experienced in this specialised area of legal work, Mr Arthur’s current caseload covers all areas of police and prison law – including County Court and High Court trials, and Judicial Reviews.

He has extensive expertise in supporting victims of false imprisonment arising from wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution, miscarriages of justice, unlawful stop and searches or assault by police or prison officers. He has also led many cases involving Human Rights Act and Data Protection Act issues, discrimination on grounds of race, gender or other characteristics.

Fisher Meredith Solicitor has proven track record of winning cases leading to new legal guidelines

In his role at Fisher Meredith London, Mr Arthur regularly provided advice on a range of prison law matters – including assaults on inmates, lifer panels, parole hearings, visiting rights, home detention curfew, categorisation and adjudications.

Having developed into a specialist in claims against the Prison Service, brought under the Human Rights Act 1998, he has acted in a number of claims relating to disabled prisoners’ rights.

His notable police law cases include helping secure a client £25,200 damages in the High Court after a jury found that a police officer had fabricated his evidence leading to a wrongful conviction.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner appealed the decision, but ultimately lost the appeal, with the Court of Appeal finding in his client’s favour. The case established and confirmed important legal principles for all malicious prosecution claims.

He also won another case in the Court of Appeal which highlighted the duty of the Crown Prosecution Service to act quickly upon receipt of new evidence that might exonerate those held in custody on remand.

His notable prison law cases include a case in which he succeeded in the High Court on behalf of his client, where it was found that the decision to handcuff him during medical treatment amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment.

More recently, he helped to secure £45,000 damages from the Metropolitan Police for an autistic man who was bitten by an out-of-control police dog which was not on lead and had been ‘trained to bite’. The victim had been talking to the dog handler when it suddenly attacked without warning.

Having qualified as a solicitor in May 1999 and joined Fisher Meredith in June 2001, Mr Arthur is a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group and the Association of Prison Lawyers and was shortlisted for “Human Rights Lawyer of the Year” award in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2016.

Whilst he is obviously excited at the prospect of joining the Hudgell team, Mr Arthur will still oversee all aspects of the strong civil liberties caseload he built up during his time at Fisher Meredith LLP.

He said: “Fisher Meredith London has been very successful in our work in recent years and recognised across the industry for our expertise. We are bringing a strong caseload and a proven track record to Hudgell Solicitors.

“I am sure this move will be very positive for both Hudgell Solicitors and for myself as we have very similar goals as to how we want to represent people and what we want to achieve.”

Neil Hudgell, managing director of Hudgell Solicitors, believes the deal indicates why his firm is becoming the first choice for those seeking advice relating to police misconduct and breaches of human rights.

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15/08/2017 No Comments

Hudgell Solicitors acquires all ongoing personal injury cases from established specialists Hinchliffes Solicitors

Neil Hudgell


Hudgell Solicitors have completed the acquisition of all case files from personal injury specialists Hinchliffes Solicitors, the firm has today confirmed.

It comes as Steven Hinchliffe, who has been a qualified solicitor since 1978 and established the Worcestershire-based firm in 1999, was keen to ensure the smooth transfer of all ongoing cases into new hands having taken the decision to retire.

With a track-record of successfully integrating large case files into its operations, Hudgell Solicitors is now approaching its 50th completed deal since establishing its www.webuyanyfiles offer in 2011 for firms looking to exit the personal injury market.

Track record of Hudgell Solicitors in taking over caseloads was key in deal

And Steven Hinchliffe, owner and sole principal of the firm, says it was this track record which was key in approaching Hudgell Solicitors when he decided to close the firm.

“Hudgell Solicitors have an excellent track record not only in personal injury and RTA claims, but also importantly in taking over case files from other firms in recent years and ensuring a smooth and successful transition,” he said.

“It was obviously of paramount importance to us that we found a firm to take on the cases which we knew would provide a first-class service to our clients. We have informed all of our clients of the impending transfer to Hudgells, and they are all happy with it. This reflects on the excellent reputation and track record of that firm.”

The case files transferring over include all kinds of personal injury, but around half are related to injuries to truck drivers, either as part of a road traffic accident or under accident at work claims, as many injuries are suffered when loading and unloading trucks and at their employers’ premises.

“Hudgells’ experience and knowledge of the employer liability sector was also a major influence in me talking to them about our cases. They have the right expertise to ensure our clients have the best possible representation going forward,” added Mr Hinchliffe.

Hudgell Solicitors will adapt a mix of electronic and paper-based files into their ongoing work, something it is prepared for with its highly-efficient processes when taking over files from other firms.

The firm is committed to personally contacting its new clients within 48 hours of their case being transferred, with the situation fully explained to them, and a solicitor will begin work progressing their case within a couple of weeks.

Acquisition of Hinchliffes’ personal injury cases continues Hudgell Solicitors’ growth

Managing director Neil Hudgell said: “The acquisition of this ongoing caseload from Hinchliffes Solicitors sits very well with our work in personal injury and in particular our growing representation of those injured in road traffic accidents and when at work.

“We are delighted that Steven saw us as a ‘go to firm’ when considering the best place to transfer his clients to, knowing our track record of ensuring a seamless process for both selling firm and its clients.

“Our dedication to ensuring the complete satisfaction of new clients in situations like this, alongside the many we are already representing, is core to the success of the business as we continue to grow in our long-standing areas of expertise such as personal injury and medical negligence, and in new niche areas of work.”

Mr Hinchliffe added: “It is the right time now for me to step away from what has been a very enjoyable career representing those who have been injured and helping them towards recovery.”

“The firm has been successful and profitable, but given the changes ahead in the industry it becomes ever more difficult to manage personal injury caseloads, but this is something Hudgell Solicitors, given their national coverage and size, can do well.”

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14/08/2017 No Comments

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