Rachel Di Clemente

Chief Executive Officer


Everyone should have access to justice, especially when they need it the most.

For lawyers, the monetary value of a claim shouldn’t be the most important thing, rather the life changing potential a successful claim can have on a client’s life.

Get to Know Rachel

Rachel joined Hudgell Solicitors as Chief Executive in 2020 and has successfully overseen the expansion of the firm’s legal teams in both the Hull and Manchester city centre offices, enhancing her established record of business development and executing transformational growth.

During her time with the firm its clinical negligence, personal injury and serious injury teams have been strengthened in both depth of expertise and with an increased number of associates. The firm has also been listed in The Times 200 Best Law Firms for consecutive years.

Rachel has also cemented the firm’s national reputation for awarding winning customer experience and continues to support and prioritise client services through a period of fixed-costs reforms and implementing and developing a change-strategy.

Previously at Minster Law, Rachel ran the firm’s serious injury teams across offices in London, Wakefield and York as Head of Serious Injury and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018. Rachel started her career at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds.

For the majority of her fee-earning career Rachel specialised in catastrophic and industrial accident work, running and supervising neurotrauma and serious orthopaedic/amputee cases, with her own cases settling for damages reaching £10 million.

Career Highlights

Hudgell Solicitors represents more than 150 injured survivors of the 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing, people who were left with serious, life-long physical and psychological injuries.

Many struggled to access long-term NHS treatment and we recognised they were going to be left without vital assistance, so it was a huge privilege to lead a team to find solutions.

We approached a number of specialists in rehabilitation and finance – urging them to come together to ensure our clients received the support they required. Partnerships were established with rehab specialists Proclaim Care and independent financial advisors Frenkel Topping, agreeing a way to jointly fund and provide access to urgent rehabilitation treatment and financial matters.

We were determined not to leave our clients in limbo for years and I’m immensely proud to have found a way of providing help and support. We also pledged to offer legal support at zero cost to all we represent, pledging not to take any deductions from clients’ eventual compensation settlements.

Our response, I believe, established us as a dynamic firm with outstanding customer service which is fiercely committed to doing the right thing and standing up for the vulnerable.

I’m also a firm believer in a firm creating opportunities to let talented colleagues grow and contribute to how it evolves, and it has been an enormous pleasure to watch our trainee solicitors develop.

We established a new scheme at Hudgells enabling them to earn and learn as I’m passionate advocate of finding ways to make qualification more affordable and meaningful. Juggling studying alongside a need to continue earning and raising a family is something I have had first-hand experience of; it’s now my job to ensure that others get this opportunity.

Perhaps the most memorable case in my career was acting for a young girl who had suffered an injury at school that developed into chronic pain, rendering her unable to walk and suffering from seizures.

It was an extremely complicated case and I remain in contact with her family almost 20 years later. What it taught me was, never give up and to back yourself no matter what obstacles arise, focusing on the one important person whose life depends on the outcome, your client.


Legal 500 – “Rachel as an established reputation for developing and improving customer experience and enhancing employee satisfaction and engagement within firms.”

Solicitors Regulation Authority – Approved Compliance Officer

Managing Partner of the Year, Modern Claims Award 2021 – Highly Commended

Managing Partner of the Year, Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023 – Finalist

Giving More

Manchester Arena bombing survivor Martin Hibbert has been inspirational with the challenge he set himself to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It was a pleasure to climb Mount Snowden to help raise the £100,000 which Hudgell Solicitors pledged to his ‘Martin’s Mountain’ appeal, which will support the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA).

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Hudgell Solicitors promotes five colleagues to executive management team

Hudgell Solicitors’ chief executive Rachel Di Clemente says the appointment of five new members of the executive management team is a reflection of the firm’s growth and will help to ensure the continued success of the business following its recent transition to employee ownership. The move comes just five months after Hudgells became one of […]

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Hudgell Solicitors appoints its first ever Senior Associates

Eight solicitors have been promoted to senior associate roles at Hudgell Solicitors and a further two to associate roles; the career progressions follow on from the firm’s move to employee ownership. The promotions, across its core services of medical negligence, serious injury, civil liberties and group actions, follow a record-breaking year in business growth and […]

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NHS Whistleblowers group will not be granted core participant status – but may still be able to provide evidence to Thirlwall Inquiry

A group of hundreds of consultants, doctors, midwives, nurses and other healthcare professionals will not be granted Core Participant status at an Inquiry surrounding the case of Lucy Letby. However, NHSWB (NHS Whistleblowers) – a dedicated support group for current and former health professionals – says it is ‘greatly reassured’ that chair Lady Justice Thirlwall […]

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Hundreds of health professionals apply to be part of The Thirlwall Inquiry aiming to highlight ‘NHS culture detrimental to patient safety’

A group of hundreds of consultants, doctors, midwives, nurses and other healthcare professionals from across the UK have applied to be involved in the Thirlwall Inquiry. The Inquiry is to examine events at the Countess of Chester Hospital and their implications, following the trial, and subsequent convictions, of former neonatal nurse Lucy Letby. NHSWB (NHS […]

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Specialist accreditations for experienced solicitors further underlines industry-leading ability of clinical negligence team

Two of Hudgell Solicitors’ experienced clinical negligence team have been recognised for their industry-leading expertise with ‘specialist’ accreditations granted by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Elizabeth Maliakal and Matthew Gascoyne each already had APIL Senior Litigator status, recognising their competence and ability to identify liability, assess and self-manage clinical negligence cases through all […]

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Legal 500 2024 rankings: Hudgells’ client care ‘second to none’ and a ‘go to firm for complex inquests and inquiries’

Hudgell Solicitors’ legal teams have once again been hailed for putting clients ‘at the heart of everything they do’ in the latest publication of a leading legal directory. The 2024 Legal 500 Guide describes Hudgells as ‘very much a national firm’ – hailing the ‘maximum severity’ of claims handled by our experienced clinical negligence team […]

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Key senior appointment as Hudgells invests in ability to continue fighting injustice for all despite fixed costs squeeze

Hudgell Solicitors has appointed a new Head of Operations and revealed a new ‘vision, mission and purpose’ as part of a three-year strategy to ensure it ‘continues challenging injustice in a world of increased fixed legal costs.’ It has seen Jennifer Dougal, a solicitor with a proven track-record of leading teams within the personal injury […]

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Two newly qualified solicitors see Hudgells’ Civil Liberties team go from strength to strength

Hudgell Solicitors’ growing Civil Liberties team is boosted as two trainee solicitors qualify. Alexandra Eldon and James Camidge have both worked on national, high-profile cases over the last two years, winning praise from both their in-house managers and the wider legal profession. The pair were admitted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on 1st May […]

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Hudgell Solicitors wins Customer Focus Award at LexisNexis Legal Awards

Dedication to client care sees Hudgell Solicitors claim national award for excellent ‘Customer Focus’

Hudgell Solicitors’ dedication and commitment to providing the very best service and support to clients has been recognised at a national legal awards event. The firm was announced as the winner of the Customer Focus Award at the LexisNexis Awards in London last night, an annual event celebrating and recognising excellence and innovation across the […]

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Huge dedication to clients, ‘outstanding’ lawyers and innovative and forward thinking highlighted in 2023 Legal 500 Guide

The world’s leading legal directory has hailed Hudgell Solicitors for providing ‘professional service with a human heart’ in its latest publication – highlighting how lawyers across departments develop a ‘real connection with clients. The Legal 500 Guide hails Hudgells as an ‘innovative and forward thinking firm’ which has put ‘considerable thought into providing the best […]

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Three new promotions as Management team extended within expanding Civil Liberties department

Hudgell Solicitors has promoted three of its most experienced lawyers to managerial roles within its growing Civil Liberties team. Chief executive Rachel Di Clemente says the new roles have been introduced as the department has extended its Civil Liberties work into several specialisms, each offering ‘significant opportunity for future growth’ and requiring direct management. It […]

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Two internal promotions at Hudgell Solicitors will ensure law firm ‘delivers on strategic goals’

Hudgell Solicitors’ Chief Executive Rachel Di Clemente says she is delighted to announce the promotion of two current members of staff who will join the firm’s management team. Corporate Services Solicitor John Cuss becomes the Head of Corporate Services and Strategic Partnerships, while Lauren Dale an Associate Solicitor in Clinical Negligence is promoted to Head […]

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Princess Royal attends Martin’s Mountain event to offer support as Spinal Injuries Association Patron

Hudgell Solicitors were delighted to join the Princess Royal in supporting our inspirational client Martin Hibbert as he updated supporters of his charity on his aim to raise £1m for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA). Martin was one of the closest people to the terrorist blast at the Ariana Grande concert in May 2017 to […]

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Hudgell Solicitors makes commitment to being ‘locally loyal’ as it launches its new corporate social responsibility strategy

Hudgell Solicitors has launched a new community programme in which it says a focus will be placed on being ‘locally loyal’ by partnering with neighbouring businesses and organisations. Chief Executive Rachel Di Clemente says the aim is to ensure that, wherever possible, the firm invests back into the community in the locality of its two […]

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Kilimanjaro is my Marcus Rashford moment to start a revolution for spinal injuries’

Manchester Arena bombing survivor Martin Hibbert says he is taking inspiration from Marcus Rashford to raise awareness for the plight of those who suffer a spinal injury. The Manchester United and England forward’s campaign to lobby for free school meals brought the issue of starving children to the attention of the whole country. And now […]

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Kilimanjaro is my Marcus Rashford moment to start a revolution for spinal injuries’

Manchester Arena bombing survivor Martin Hibbert says he is taking inspiration from Marcus Rashford to raise awareness for the plight of those who suffer a spinal injury. The Manchester United and England forward’s campaign to lobby for free school meals brought the issue of starving children to the attention of the whole country. And now […]

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