Elizabeth Maliakal

Principal Solicitor for Training & Business Development 

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Bringing a medical negligence claim can be an emotional experience for my clients. Working hard on their behalf and helping them navigate their way through, what can seem like a complex case and reaching a successful outcome, is always my objective.

Get to Know Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a medical negligence solicitor with more than 20 years’ experience who joined the team at Hudgells in 2020.  She runs high value cases and represent clients who have suffered serious injuries arising from medical accidents.

Elizabeth helps her clients and their families understand what went wrong as well as obtaining the maximum compensation awards they rightly deserve.  Her cases are often complex and she ensures detailed and thorough investigations are carried out to ensure her clients understand what has happened to them and why.

Elizabeth’s aim is also to ensure measures are put in place to prevent those medical accidents from happening again. Previously, Elizabeth represented doctors in medical claims so has valuable insight into how and why claims are defended, which is an advantage when representing her clients.

Career Highlights

I represented a client who suffered a catastrophic stroke and cardiac arrest after an operation, leaving him severely disabled. Two Yorkshire hospital Trusts were jointly responsible for the treatment of my 74-year-old client.

We alleged the operation had been carried out without the patient or his family being fully informed of the risks involved, and without being informed that the benefits of surgery were small. Eventually a six-figure-sum for damages was agreed and the compensation will cover the cost of future care and nursing home fees.

When representing a family in Inquest proceedings, I succeeded in an application for Judicial Review against the Coroner. The coroner had made an unlawful decision regarding the conduct of a medical experts discussion which would have put the family at a disadvantage at the Inquest. I successfully challenged the coroner’s decision in the High Court resulting in an outcome which was fair to the family.

In another case I was able to secure a six figure damages award for my client who lost her vision due to a GP’s failure to refer her to hospital for timely treatment. I represent a number of clients who have suffered injuries at birth and clients who have had unnecessary amputations.


In the world’s leading legal directory, ‘The Legal 500’, Elizabeth is listed as “a highly experienced and respected clinical negligence solicitor.”  

“An expert in complex and high-value cases who represents people who have sustained serious injuries as a result of clinical negligence. Elizabeth also holds experience in representing families at Inquest following the loss of a loved one.”  

Elizabeth is an APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers ) accredited Senior Litigator.

Accredited Personal Injury Specialist - Assosciation of Personal Injury Lawyers

Giving More

I volunteer on a helpline for the national patient safety charity, AvMA, providing free legal advice to callers; it is a chance to put my skills as a medical negligence lawyer to good use and to help others.

I’m a trustee at the charity Hull Women’s Aid, which helps women and children experiencing domestic abuse. I am also a trustee at a school in Hull and sit on the education, nominations, and governance committees. I am passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and sit on Hudgell Solicitors’ EDI committee.

I also train and mentor junior colleagues and help with Hudgell’s work experience programme.

My advice and articles

Speakers at the 2023 Hudgell Solicitors Clinical Negligence Conference

Conference will provide ‘essential industry-leading insights’ into ever-changing role of clinical negligence lawyers

A legal conference being staged by Hudgell Solicitors will provide ‘essential industry leading medical and legal insights’ into ‘the ever-changing role and requirements of medical negligence lawyers.’ Having staged our first conference last year solely for our own members of staff, we are opening up our 2023 Clinical Negligence Conference to delegates from other law […]

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Patient suffered catastrophic stroke and cardiac arrest after operation which left him severely disabled

Two Yorkshire Hospital Trusts have compensated a patient who suffered a catastrophic stoke and cardiac arrest after an operation, leaving him severely disabled. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were jointly responsible for the treatment of the 74-year-old patient who suffered a minor stroke in January 2016. Having […]

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