Managing Director, London and South
Amanda has enjoyed a legal career spanning more than 25 years in which she has been a partner and head of department leading clinical negligence and personal injury departments at 2 other leading law firms before joining Hudgell Solicitors in 2016. She became their first CEO in 2017 and during that role the firm twice won “highly commended “in the category of “law firm of the year” at national legal awards. In 2020 she took on the role of Managing Director, with responsibility for London, expansion in the South and national strategic relationships.
Amanda is a specialist in complex, severe or long-lasting injury cases, such as acquired brain and spinal cord injury for both adults and children (including many cerebral palsy cases), fatalities, missed diagnosis claims and diabetic amputees.
She is recognised across the claims sector for going above and beyond for her clients, having spent much time seeking law reform to ensure access to justice for injured people.
She is recognised as a tenacious litigator and was named Catastrophic Personal Injury Claims Lawyer of the year in 2019 but her dual focus on rehabilitation also brought an ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement Award’ at the 2016 Rehabilitation First Awards.
The leading Legal 500 legal guide has described Amanda as ‘in a class of her own’ and in 2019 said she is ‘exceptional, bright, knowledgeable, energetic and sympathetic with a wide list of contacts and the ability to mentor other practitioners to strive for the best client care.’ She has been referred to in High Court judgment as ‘being particularly impressive and experienced’. Amanda holds many memberships and appointments with industry bodies, such as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, of which she is a past President.
I have always wanted to help people who have suffered injury and disability and to push the boundaries for better standards of care. Initially I worked and qualified as a hospital manager with responsibility for patient complaints, medical records and litigation. That experience has served me well in my subsequent career as an injury lawyer.
I am grateful for the recognition I have received as a result of my determination and willingness to go the extra mile, and arising from my long track record of leading on campaigns for law reform. That has seen me regularly engage with press, politicians and the judiciary in debate on the law reform agenda. I am told by those who have worked alongside me that it is my ability to bring resolution to complex matters through innovative thinking, and my record in bringing together diverse teams of people to achieve the best results which are two of my key characteristics.
A career highlight for me was being chosen to act for a retired Court of Appeal judge in his claim for damages for a significant injury following a road traffic accident.
Most of my recent court cases and settlements have been covered by anonymity orders but those which have been through the courts without reporting restrictions include:-
In the case of Micklewright v Surrey County Council in 2011, I acted for the claimant in a Fatal Accidents Act claim where death was caused by a falling tree branch overhanging a public parking space.
In the case of Raggett v Society of Jesus Trust 1929 for Roman Catholic Purposes and Anor in 2010, I was successful in the Court of Appeal when seeking to uphold a judgment for a claimant who had suffered child sexual abuse at school, even though the defendant raised arguments that the claim was out of time.
I also acted for a claimant in an employers’ liability case (Denton Hall Legal Services and Ors v Fifield) in 2006, helping the claimant secure damages from her employer in respect of the upper limb symptoms she suffered due to her working conditions. The judgment was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
Career, qualifications and memberships
- Past President and Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
- Member and assessor for APIL’s specialist brain injury accreditation schemes.
- Law Society Accredited clinical negligence panel member.
- Law Society Accredited personal injury panel member.
- Chair of the Civil Procedure Rule sub-committee (CPRC) tasked with drafting court rules for fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence cases (and past member CPRC 2009-2015).
- Chair of the Project Steering Group overseeing the publication of the much revised 2015 Rehabilitation Code.
- Member of the Civil Justice Council clinical negligence working group on fixed recoverable costs in lower value claims
- Member of the IUA /ABI working group on rehabilitation
- Member of the Serious Injury Guide Steering Group
- Member Advisory Council of Trust Mediation (not for profit dispute resolution service).
- Institute of Health Service Management Diploma
- Freeman of the City of London
- Liveryman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company
- Member City of London Law Society
- Deputy Master of the High Court Queens Bench Division