James Camidge

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What I love most about this department are the moments when clients thank you for the support you have offered. The clients I work with have often been through an unimaginably difficult time and to be in a position where you can provide even the most minimal relief to this burden is a privilege.

Get to Know James

After joining in 2020, James secured a training contract with the firm qualified as a solicitor in May 2023. The majority of his work has involved representing clients at inquests and major public inquiries. James has also been representing a number of clients affected by the Manchester Arena attack in applying for compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Career Highlights

Being able to represent some of the families who lost loved ones following the Manchester Arena bombing was one of the greatest privileges of my career to date. Clients never expect or wish to participate in a public inquiry; it can be a daunting and emotionally testing experience. The hard work undertaken helped uncover a catalogue of missed opportunities, which laid the foundation to explore possible avenues of compensation.

As you would expect in an inquiry of this kind, there were some incredibly difficult days. But being able to support our clients was incredibly moving and this is an experience I know will stay with me forever. Some cases have a lifelong impact on you, and this is certainly one of them.

I was also part of the team that represented the families of the victims of Stephen Port. After several weeks of difficult evidence, the jury concluded that there were significant failings in the police investigations and highlighted the issue of police homophobia.

I am currently working on the Post Office Horizon IT inquiry. The Post Office scandal is regarded as the most widespread miscarriage of justice in U.K. history. I am very proud to be part of the team on this case and working as hard as possible to ensure that our clients are provided with the much-needed answers into how this travesty occurred.

Recognition

Trainee Solicitor of the YearYorkshire Legal Awards 2022

Giving More

Given the privileged position we are in to work in this industry, it is important to give something back. I am proud to work for a firm that recognises this and regularly supports pro bono and volunteering opportunities.

Recently I volunteered for TDAS, a charity offering free services to victims of domestic violence. The firm supported my volunteering throughout, which I and TDAS were very thankful for.

At Hudgells there are always opportunities to get involved in fundraising. I was very proud to raise over 2 thousand pounds for the Spinal Injuries Association in support of Martin Hibbert’s Kilimanjaro climb. As part of the “Mount Chilimanjaro” challenge, I ate 19 incredibly spicy chicken wings. It was a very fun afternoon and despite the pain, it was a great feeling to contribute to such a worthy cause.

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James Camidge named Trainee of the Year at 2022 Yorkshire Legal Awards

Hudgell Solicitors’ James Camidge has been named Trainee Solicitor of the Year at the 2022 Yorkshire Legal Awards, recognising his ‘exceptional legal work’ and ‘astounding’ feedback from his clients. It follows a year in which he has worked on some of the highest-profile legal cases in the country, supporting his colleagues and the families he […]

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