When I founded Hudgell Solicitors, I set out to create a business where client care was always the priority. That focus remains the same today.

Clients can easily find someone else who knows the law. What they want is someone to care about their case and situation, care about looking after their needs and give them the best possible service. In other words to shoulder the burden for them.

Get to Know Neil

Neil established Hudgell Solicitors in 1997 and has led its growth and expansion, establishing it as a renowned national brand that is one of the 200 Best Law Firms recognised by The Times.

His legal work includes representing victims of the Post Office Horizon scandal, and he has been at the forefront of the fight to secure justice for former sub-postmasters who suffered from what is now recognised as the biggest miscarriage of justice in UK legal history. Neil and his team have helped more than 70 people to clear their names, with more following in the same path to the Court of Appeal.

Campaigning for change is a driving force for Neil and he has supported and represented the widow of Jason Mercer who was killed on one of the UK’s controversial ‘smart motorways’. At his inquest a coroner ruled Mr Mercer was unlawfully killed in an accident and that the operation of the smart motorway system had been a contributing factor.

His widow Claire amplified calls to the government to scrap plans to expand the network and in April 2023 it was announced that smart motorways were to be to be removed from government road-building plans citing a lack of confidence felt by drivers.

Neil also oversees the work of Hudgells’ legal team in representing the families of people killed in the Manchester Arena bombing at the long-running Public Inquiry, with the firm also representing more than 150 injured survivors.

In another high-profile case, which has led to calls for institutional change, Neil represented the families of four young men who were murdered by serial killer Stephen Port, including representing them at an inquest. This identified a string of failings by the Metropolitan Police which a jury found had ‘probably contributed’ to at least three of the deaths.

Career Highlights

I like to get involved in cases where we can make a difference, often involving big institutions as is the case in The Post Office Horizon scandal and the failures of the Met Police.

It’s been a privilege to successfully challenge the wrongful convictions of former sub postmasters. Their reputations were destroyed but they are decent, hard-working people and it is their perseverance in continuing to ask questions which has uncovered, and continues to uncover, shocking failures.

I take a great deal of my inspiration from my clients and one of those is Steven Gallant. He was given a life sentence in 2005, having been convicted of murder. In 2019, on his first day out on licence, he tackled terrorist Usman Khan on London Bridge. Steve was later granted a Royal pardon “in recognition of his exceptionally brave actions”.

I was part of his legal team who successfully petitioned for his early release and I have been hugely impressed with his rehabilitation and desire to have a positive influence on others.

Recognition

Legal 500 – ‘Neil Hudgell is an outstanding lawyer, and recognised as such widely. He regularly appears as a commentator on TV and radio. He is, in every respect, a staunch defender of human rights.’

Chambers and Partners – “He is a force and is incredibly committed to his clients’ interests.”

The Law Society Gazette - Legal Personality of the Year

Lawyer of the Year – Yorkshire Legal Awards

Sports Resolutions – Disciplinary Commission Panel Member

He is a force and is incredibly committed to his clients’ interests. – Chambers and Partners 2023

Neil does an amazing job on the biggest inquests. – Chambers and Partners 2023

Neil Hudgell leads an exceptional team. He holds the trust and confidence of his clients in a way which I’ve rarely seen. He approaches his business and his clients’ claims in a way which strikes an enviable balance between strategic thinking and human empathy. – Legal 500 2023

Neil Hudgell is an outstanding lawyer, and recognised as such widely. He regularly appears as a commentator on TV and radio. He is, in every respect, a staunch defender of human rights.” – Legal 500 2023

Accredited Personal Injury Specialist - Assosciation of Personal Injury Lawyers

Giving More

I am very proud of our firm’s long-established track record of having a positive impact within the communities we serve. We established the Neil Hudgell Trust to help good causes and address social needs, and to date the Trust has donated well over £500,000 to support organisations and individuals.

I’m also proud of the work we have done supporting inspirational people who have set out to help others after suffering serious harm themselves.

I struck up a close relationship with Paul Spence, who suffered a brain injury following an unprovoked attack, supporting his own charity, P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery. It now runs a community support centre which has helped hundreds of people on the road to recovery after brain injury. Paul is an ambassador for our firm, helping our clients, but importantly he is also a friend and inspiration to us all at Hudgells. Together, to support the charity, we have run many marathons around the world.

More recently we have supported another inspirational man in Martin Hibbert, who was left paralysed from the waist down in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing. Martin set out to raise £1m for the Spinal Injuries Association, and I am proud that as a firm, Hudgells committed to raising £100,000 of that target for ‘Martin’s Mountain’, which we did through our staff organising, and taking part in fundraising events.

Away from Hudgells, I have been the owner of Hull Kingston Rovers rugby league club since 2004. The club is part of the fabric of the city and I have been a fan since being a boy, so to be custodian of a club which means so much to so many is a role I am truly honoured to be entrusted with.

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Statement from families of victims of 2023 Nottingham attack on first anniversary

Hudgell Solicitors issues the following statement on behalf of the Coates family, the O’Malley-Kumar family, and the Webber family. On the 13th of June 2023, our lives changed forever. The brutal, calculated and unprovoked attack by Valdo Calocane took the lives of three innocent, decent and kind human beings: Barney Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Ian […]

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Former subpostmistress has named cleared in court after 20 years – and heads straight to Public Inquiry to see Paula Vennells give evidence

Six more former Subpostmasters had long-standing convictions relating to the Post Office Horizon scandal quashed in court this morning – as former chief executive Paula Vennells began giving her long-awaited evidence at the Public Inquiry. Having lived for two decades wrongfully labelled a convicted criminal, former Merseyside Subpostmistress Sushma Blaggan headed straight from the Royal […]

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Paula Vennells must ‘take ownership and accountability for what went on’ when giving evidence to Post Office Inquiry

Solicitor Neil Hudgell says Subpostmasters want former Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells to keep to her promise to ensure they ‘get the answers they deserve’ when she gives evidence at the Public Inquiry this week. Hudgell Solicitors represents 75 former Subpostmasters who have had their wrongful convictions overturned at the ongoing Post Office Horizon […]

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New legislation to quash Post Office Horizon convictions welcomed as exoneration ‘cannot come soon enough’ for victims

Solicitor Neil Hudgell has welcomed news of a new law being introduced by the Government to automatically quash convictions relating to the Horizon Scandal. However, he says there are still ‘too many hurdles in place to full, fair and speedy compensation’ and says ‘renewed effort and focus is needed’ to ensure that challenge is met. […]

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Solicitor Neil Hudgell tells parliamentary committee of ‘painful’ compensation process – and fears many subpostmasters have accepted offers ‘nowhere near’ true value

Solicitor Neil Hudgell today told a parliamentary committee that ‘creative thinking’ is needed from the Government to prevent the process of fairly compensating former subpostmasters taking up to another two years. Appearing before the Business and Trade Select Committee to discuss the Horizon scandal, Mr Hudgell outlined the continuing frustrations in seeking redress for hundreds […]

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Q&A with Neil Hudgell on the Post Office Horizon Scandal

Following the broadcast of the TV drama ‘Mr Bates vs The Post Office’, the case has become a high priority for Government and been the focus of news bulletins across the world. Here, solicitor Neil Hudgell reflects on the impact and answers some of the key questions. Hudgell Solicitors is currently representing and advising more than 500 […]

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Q&A with Neil Hudgell on the Horizon Scandal since the ITV drama

New cases, overturning convictions, compensation and ‘pre-horizon pilot’ problems Hudgell Solicitors is currently representing and advising more than 500 people concerning the Post Office Horizon IT Scandal, including people wrongfully convicted, those who were forced to repay alleged ‘shortfalls’ and lost their livelihoods, and relatives of sub-postmasters who have since died. Since the turn of […]

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Judge prevents claim that ‘Manchester bombing didn’t happen’ from being used as a defence against survivors’ harassment case for damages

A High Court Judge today blocked a man from claiming the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing didn’t happen as part of his defence to a legal claim brought against him – labelling his conspiracy theories as ‘preposterous’, ‘absurd’ and ‘fantastical’. Hudgell Solicitors represent survivor Martin Hibbert in a civil claim for harassment, misuse of private information […]

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‘I went bankrupt because of Post Office Horizon scandal – now I’m 65 and looking for a part-time job after selling my home, and receivers want to take most of my compensation’

At the age of 65, having recently sold his house for some much-needed funds, former sub-postmaster Stefan Fountain is currently on the lookout for a part-time job. Twenty-two years after taking over a Post Office in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire – a job he thought would be ‘for life’ – he is thinking about how he […]

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Three more former sub-postmasters have long-standing convictions quashed

Three more former sub-postmasters who were victims of the Post Office Horizon scandal today had long-standing convictions quashed. Each had been prosecuted by the Post Office for unexplained shortfalls in their accounts. One, now aged 39, was sentenced in 2008 over a shortfall of just less than £3,500 and was sentenced to 150 hours community […]

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Public Inquiry into Post Office Horizon scandal to resume as more than 100 people seek legal advice following TV drama

Lawyers representing subpostmasters wrongfully convicted as part of the Post Office Horizon scandal expect evidence given to the ongoing Public Inquiry to come under ‘increased media and public scrutiny’ when it resumes later this week. The Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry will enter its third year when it resumes in London on Thursday morning. However, […]

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Lawyer who helped dozens have convictions quashed hopes ‘Mr Bates v The Post Office’ drama leads to more former subpostmasters seeking justice

Neil Hudgell who has helped 73 former subpostmasters to have convictions related to the Post Office Horizon Scandal quashed says he hopes an ITV drama seen by millions will bring more forward to clear their names. ‘Mr Bates v The Post Office’ tells the story of how the Post Office, over two decades, held hundreds […]

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Post Office scandal victim Jo Hamilton: ‘I hope our story encourages others to come forward, clear their names and get compensation. We’ve proved it can be done’

A former sub-postmistress whose story is told in the new ITV drama about the Post Office Horizon scandal says she hopes the series and subsequent documentary will encourage others to ‘find the courage’ to come forward and clear their names. Jo Hamilton, 66, was one of more than 700 sub-postmasters prosecuted between 2000 and 2014, […]

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Lawyer who helped quash convictions of former sub-postmasters hopes TV drama ‘Mr Bates vs The Post Office’ leads to more seeking justice

Starting on New Year’s Day, a new four-part ITV drama, ‘Mr Bates vs The Post Office’, is set to tell the incredible story of how 736 former sub-postmasters were wrongfully convicted – some sent to prison – for crimes they hadn’t committed. The Post Office used evidence from its Horizon accounting system to prosecute over […]

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Neil Hudgell awarded prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution’ honour at Hull Live Business Awards

Executive chairman Neil Hudgell has been awarded the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award at the 2023 Hull Live Business Awards. The honour is only bestowed on those who are considered to have made ‘an immense sustained contribution to business, society and the community across a number of years’. Judges said it is recognition for him ‘making […]

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Five more former sub-postmasters have convictions quashed – but cases reaching court now ‘a trickle’ as hundreds still to come forward

Five more former sub-postmasters today had longstanding convictions overturned as cases relating to wrongful Post Office prosecutions continue to be brought before the courts. Almost three years after the first cases were quashed in December 2020, the number of convictions overturned today reached 91. The prosecutions of Therese Gooding, Andrew Gilbertson, Elaine Hood and Amer […]

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