I’ve always been passionate about helping people who suffer hurt and loss as a result of the actions of others and this motivates my support for my clients, whether they’ve suffered personal injury, are victims of violent crimes or have had their human rights breached by police forces and state bodies.
Get to Know Nicola
Nicola has been with Hudgell Solicitors since 2010 and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. She has led on a broad range of serious and high value injury cases, including fatal accidents, class actions and has represented families at inquests.
Now, as a manager in our Civil Liberties Department, Nicola runs a case load including police assaults, unlawful arrests and breaches of human rights. She also represents families at inquests, when loved ones have died whilst under the care of the state, or when it appears the state either failed to protect or in some cases were responsible for a life being lost.
Nicola has also been part of a team working on compensation cases for malicious prosecution on behalf of former subpostmasters affected by the Post Office Horizon IT Scandal.
She also supervises our Criminal Injuries compensation team and has extensive experience in dealing with claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), representing victims of sexual and domestic abuse as well as those involved in serious assaults leaving them with life changing injuries.
As part of this work Nicola represents injured survivors of the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack, some of whom had initial claims rejected and have required representation at appeal hearings.
I have done a great deal work highlighting the failures of police forces to properly investigate allegations of sexual assaults, helping to bring the media spotlight onto an important issue.
This included a case against Greater Manchester Police for their failures to investigate allegations that a homeless woman was sexually assaulted by a stranger as she slept in her tent at night. Despite reporting the incident to police, the case was closed shortly afterwards without officers having taken a formal statement from the woman or a witness.
In another case, against the same force, I secured damages for a mother who was told ‘nothing would come of it’ when she told police she feared she had been drugged and raped on a night out. Both of these cases brought were covered in regional and national media.
A particularly sad case I was instructed on, and one I will not forget, was acting on behalf of a father at the inquest into the death of his three-year-old daughter, who died when her mother took her own life on a railway track whilst holding her.
The three-year-old had been allowed back into her mother’s care just weeks before, after a mental health assessment. Social workers had closed the case, without a follow-up assessment being undertaken despite reports the mother had been displaying psychotic symptoms.
I also represented a large number of clients in their claims against a drug testing company after forensic data was manipulated, resulting in them being convicted of drug driving – which had a huge impact on the lives of so many – using unsafe evidence.
At Hudgell Solicitors we long called for change in law which had prevented survivors of abuse by those they lived with from pursuing damages claims. The law was eventually changed and I was able to secure a £19,600 settlement for a man who was subjected to years of abuse by his father as a child.
At Hudgell Solicitors we are dedicated to giving back and that has seen me run a 10k to support Hull Women’s Aid.