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Leanne Stephenson

Associate, Civil Liberties

Civil Liberties Inquests Serious Injury Fatal Accidents


Leanne has been a qualified solicitor since 2005 however she has worked in the industry since 1998.  She has lead on a broad range of serious and high value injury cases including brain injuries, spinal injuries, pain disorders and amputation claims.  These cases often require her to pursue long term rehabilitation packages on behalf of clients who have suffered life changing injuries. Leanne has also supported families whose loved ones have been involved in fatal accidents.

Leanne has more recently moved to our civil liberties department and now leads a case load including police assault, unlawful arrest, and breaches of a person’s human rights. She also represents families at Inquests, when their loved one has died whilst under the care of the state or when it appears the state either failed to protect or in some cases are even responsible for taking a life.

My View

I support many people whose lives have been forever changed and in situations like this I know it is crucial to develop a good relationship with my clients and to ensure they trust in me to do my very best for them.  I pride myself on making sure that my clients feel supported throughout the process.  My experience has taught me that you need to be exceptionally organised and have fine attention to detail in cases to provide the best possible support and achieve the best results for clients.

I am passionate about helping people who suffer as a result of the actions of others.  That has always motivated me in supporting my clients in what can be a very difficult and distressing time

Significant cases

I was particularly proud to secure £320,000 compensation for a man who suffered a serious injury at work but then faced accusations from the business involved of making up the claim. Our client fell and suffered a ‘massive rotator cuff tear’ of tendons and ligaments in his shoulder, causing a long-term injury which prevented him from continuing his job. It was an appalling approach from the defendants given it was an accident which should have been avoided. This case went to court and the found in our favour. A great example of standing up for people against organisations.

I was also extremely proud to secure a substantial compensation package for a client who suffered life-changing injuries and was left unable to work when his left leg was trapped between two forklift trucks as a result of his employers’ negligence. The successful claim enabled my client to change his accommodation to single storey, which suited his new needs.

A particularly sad case I was instructed on was acting on behalf of a woman whose husband was killed in a car crash not long after they had married. He was the provider for his wife, who was a full-time mother, and their two children. A £262,000 damages settlement was secured. In such cases loved ones can of course never be replaced, but the settlement will be massively helpful for this families future by covering the long-term financial support lost.

I was proud to secure a seven figure sum for a man who suffered life changing injuries whilst at work.  During the claims process I supported my client in ensuring that he had access to rehabilitation and pioneering prosthetics to enable him to live as normal a life as possible.  Part of his settlement was to ensure that he had access to the same level of prosthetics during his lifetime.

I work alongside Neil Hudgell in representing the family of Lewis Skelton who was shot dead by Humberside Police in Hull City Centre.  The inquest into Lewis’s death is ongoing at this time.

I act for the family of a young woman who was sadly murdered by her partner.  The young women had reported to the Police on numerous occasions that she was the victim of domestic violence and no steps were taken by the police to protect her.

I also represent the victim of a historic sexual assault by a Police Inspector.  This assault was reported at the time but no investigation or action was taken in relation to this report.  Many years later it was discovered that there were many more victims and he was using his position of trust to exploit women.

"Leanne at Hudgells ensured the worry and stress of the situation was lessened. I never felt pressured into making decisions but at the same time I was kept updated and everything was carefully and fully explained to me."


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