John Cuss

Head of Corporate Services & Strategic Partnerships

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I’m passionate about ensuring our teams have the best insights and knowledge to deliver the highest service to our clients, partners and other stakeholders.  

I’m also a firm believer in creating a culture which enables my colleagues to be the best they can be, where development is a central focus.

Get to Know John

John is part of Hudgell Solicitors’ Senior Management team with responsibility for key business areas including partnerships, qualitative delivery of legal services, knowledge management, horizon scanning and insights. The firm’s work experience, early careers and pro bono policies and strategies are also overseen by John.

In addition to the above roles, John is also Head of Personal Injury and oversees the Hull based personal injury team at Hudgell Solicitors as well as providing technical and strategic support to the firm’s other legal departments.

John works closely with our Chief Executive Rachel Di Clemente to own or support on a range of corporate and legal work streams whilst utilising strategic insights. He is also the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) registered Training Principal for the firm and is a member of the firm’s internal regulatory oversight group.

John has worked in the legal industry since 2009 in a variety of roles, qualifying as a solicitor in 2017.  As a solicitor, John has particular experience of personal injury, serious injury and general civil litigation including group actions and has also worked in corporate, compliance and regulatory teams.

John initially joined Hudgells in 2020 in a newly created role aimed at ensuring the firm remains ‘ahead of the game’ in an ever-changing legal landscape. Outside of Hudgells, John also occupies a number of other roles in the legal industry:

He was appointed by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice to the Civil Justice council as a solicitor member in January 2024 for a term of three years.

John is also a Senior Advisor to the Association of Consumer Support Organisations (ACSO) to which Hudgell Solicitors are a member firm.

He is Vice Chair of the Law Society’s national Dispute Resolution Section Committee, helping to promote best practice and procedure for the estimated 25,000 solicitors working in civil litigation and dispute resolution.

John uses the above roles to share his passion for improving the civil justice arena, promoting access to justice and obtaining and sharing knowledge.

Career Highlights

Being appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Civil Justice Council in January 2024 has been my main career highlight to date. Joining the Hudgell Solicitors senior management team in 2022 was also a proud moment for me.


Solicitor Member of the Civil Justice Council (CJC)

Senior Advisor to The Association of Consumer Support Organisations

Vice-Chair of the Law Society’s Dispute Resolution Section Committee

Member of the Law Society’s Remote Hearings Working Group

Winner – ‘Mentor of the Year Award’ – Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards (PIBA) 2023

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Three new apprenticeships for aspiring solicitors as Hudgells continues to provide diverse opportunities for new legal careers

As a sign of continued investment in developing its own in-house legal talent, Hudgell Solicitors has announced the appointment of three new trainee solicitors commencing apprenticeships in September 2023. The appointments are a measure of the firm’s success in diversifying its access routes into supported qualification roles beyond traditional training contracts and its continued investment in […]

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Pro Bono Week

Hudgell Solicitors enhances pro bono scheme to help those most in need of free legal services and sets ambition for all its lawyers to commit to a minimum number of hours

To mark the 20th annual Pro Bono Week, Hudgell Solicitors has formally relaunched its own in-house scheme to offer free legal advice and representation to individuals most in need. As part of the company’s ethos of ‘Righting Wrongs’, Hudgells has previously carried out pro bono work on an ad-hoc basis to individuals on numerous matters, […]

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