Lauren Dale

Director of Risk & Compliance

Service Area



I fully understand how difficult it can be to take legal action after a traumatic experience, particularly when people have been badly let down by a healthcare professional.

It’s why I’m committed to giving my clients the highest level of support, guiding them through the complex claims process to help secure justice for them and their family.

Get to Know Lauren

Lauren is a senior clinical negligence claims specialist who deals with a variety of cases including hospital negligence, delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical errors, misdiagnosis, birth negligence and GP negligence, she also supports families at Inquest.

Lauren has handled a significant number of high-profile cases including matters relating to the neglect and abuse of elderly care home residents, claims arising from breaches of the Human Rights Act including unlawful killing and the death of a prisoner. She takes an active role at Hudgell Solicitors in leading our campaigns for improved standards in care homes.

Lauren joined the firm in 2010 after working in personal injury and family law.  She qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and is now part of the firm’s senior management team overseeing legal compliance and regulatory requirements, she also undertakes the role of Data Protection Officer.

Career Highlights

Securing an unlawful killing verdict following the inquest into the death of Jack Barnes was a huge achievement for his family.

Jack was restrained by security guards in Manchester and suffered a cardiac arrest during and later died.

We secured compensation to assist his family and we continue to press the Crown Prosecution Service to review the case.

I also represented the husband of a woman with dementia who was sexually abused in her care home by another resident who was a convicted rapist.

The home’s owners admitted failing to safeguard her from abuse and improper treatment. At court a judge fined the care company £128,000 and it also highlighted failings by the company and the local council.

I have also campaigned on national television for CCTV to be made compulsory in care homes after the family of another of our clients secretly filmed care home staff abusing their elderly relative.

Giving More

I am a volunteer at LawCare, a wellbeing charity for legal professionals who are struggling and I also support a local charity House of Light, which supports new parents. I’m also a season ticket holder for Hull KR!

My advice and articles

Pregnancy scan at hospital

How many more families have had lives devastated by failings at NHS Trust accused of causing 45 baby deaths – and ‘covering up’ scale of problems?

The findings are truly shocking, and perhaps worryingly, may only tell a tiny part of the overall story. An investigation into maternity care services at East Kent NHS Hospitals Trust today said that up to 45 babies may have survived had they received better treatment at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and the Queen […]

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Husband of dementia sufferer sexually abused by convicted rapist in care home says ‘unforgivable errors’ left her ‘easy prey for a monster’

The husband of an elderly dementia sufferer who was sexually abused by a convicted rapist living in the same care home says he will never forgive those who made his beloved wife ‘easy prey for a monster’. Despite having offences dating back to 1968 on his record, and having served a lengthy prison sentence for […]

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Have failings highlighted in Shrewsbury and Telford maternity deaths scandal been repeated at other Trusts due to NHS targets over ‘natural births’?

The failures in maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust which have been laid bare by the findings of a five-year inquiry today are simply horrifying. Significant or major concerns over the maternity care provided were found in 201 deaths – 131 stillbirths and 70 neonatal deaths and 84 brain damage cases between 2000 […]

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Charcot foot

Failure to diagnose Charcot foot leaves patient with deformity and risk of amputation

Failures in the care provided to a patient who developed Charcot foot have highlighted the importance of diagnosing the condition as early as possible in order to increase the chances of successful treatment. A delay in diagnosing the patient with Charcot foot – a condition that causes the bones to become weakened that is common […]

Joanne at seaside

Woman left unable to bear sunlight after laser surgery error

A woman has been awarded damages after laser surgery on her eye was mistakenly carried out too low, leaving her with a ‘large open hole’ and unable to bear sunlight. Joanne Hartley has been left so sensitive to light in her right eye that she now has to wear wraparound sunglasses when watching television or […]


CPS review into ‘unlawful killing’ of Jack Barnes will now ‘include all options including manslaughter’

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) review into the death of man who died after being restrained by staff at Manchester Victoria Station has been extended to include the option of bringing a charge for manslaughter. Jack Barnes, a 29-year-old father from Hull, died after being chased and restrained by staff working at the station in […]

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House of Light

Non-judgmental and specialist local support is available for parents feeling guilt, denial and anger after the loss of a baby

As part of Hudgell Solicitors’ support of Baby Loss Awareness Week, Jo Irvin, Clinical Lead at the House of Light charity, outlines its help to bereaved parents Baby loss is obviously a very traumatic event in life which happens in lots of different ways and affects women and their families in differing ways also. At […]

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Hayley and Maddy with spy camera clock

Family hope highlighting neglect and abuse of elderly mum has ‘left a legacy’ of improved care and awareness

The family of an elderly woman who made national headlines when neglectful and abusive treatment of her in a residential home was exposed today said they hoped her ‘legacy’ would ensure others are now afforded better care. Dementia sufferer Freda Jobson, 87,  died over the Easter weekend with her family and loved ones around her, […]

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One in Three Care Homes in England Failing on Safety

More than one third of care homes in England are failing safety inspections, with falls, drug errors and lack of staff leaving vulnerable elderly people at risk. The shocking findings come as part of a review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which oversees safety standards across England’s 4,000 care and residential homes. In 2014, […]

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care home campaign

We pledge to continue campaigning for better protection of the vulnerable and elderly after Government says it ‘does not object’ to use of CCTV in care homes

Hudgell Solicitors has welcomed recognition from the Government of the role cameras have played in exposing poor and neglectful treatment of the elderly and vulnerable in care homes. It came in an official response from The Department of Health to a petition calling for CCTV in all UK care homes. The Government said it ‘does […]

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Family of Freda Jobson thank public for support after thousands back campaign for CCTV in UK care homes

Images and video footage showing the appalling treatment of dementia sufferer Freda Jobson whilst in care made national television and newspaper headlines, shocking families across the country earlier this month. Her carers at Keldgate Manor Residential Care Home in Beverley, East Yorkshire, were sentenced in court having being caught on camera mocking and taunting her […]

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Hope Rooms

Mother of teenage cancer patient urges parents to ‘follow instincts’ as part of Child Cancer Awareness Month

The mother of an inspirational East Yorkshire teenager who has won awards and recognition for her bravery and courage after being diagnosed with cancer has urged other parents to follow their instincts and demand thorough investigation should their child display worrying health symptoms. Hope Rooms was aged just 12 when she was diagnosed with cancer, […]

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