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Sam Thompson

Expertise and key strengths

I represent claimants in a wide range of cases from surgical or pharmaceutical error to complex stroke and cancer delay cases.  I have a particular interest in oncology and neurology-related cases.

I also work with vulnerable clients, such as protected parties, who are otherwise unable to manage their own matters and affairs.  I often represent families on behalf of patients who have passed away.

One of my key strengths is an ability to simplify the law and legal procedure, making what can often be quite complicated easy for my clients to understand.  I have the ability to review and simplify complex evidence and to understand the real issues quickly.  I have detailed knowledge of civil procedure and litigation. I like working on cases in which there is complex evidence and when there is a real argument.

My career

I studied my law degree in London before coming back up to Hull in 2008.  I took a fee earning position in a local personal injury law firm where I acquired a number of years of experience.

I was introduced to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the professional body for Chartered Legal Executives, and I saw an opportunity to qualify as a lawyer whilst I was continuing to gain experience and develop my career.  I started to qualify at my old firm but moved to Hudgell Solicitors in October 2014 and completed it here.

I am now a Fellow of the Chartered Legal Executives and I qualified in November 2016.

Proudest professional achievement

I have had a number of experiences which have shaped me as a qualified Lawyer.  Recently, I managed to reach a significant settlement for a grandmother whose delayed cancer diagnosis resulted in a period of pain and suffering, complicated emergency surgery and the requirement for an irreversible stoma.  The case was defended but after lengthy argument it was resolved in my client’s favour.  The damage changed my client’s life and it was satisfying to solve the case, and to some extent bring some normality for her.

However, my proudest professional achievement is successfully representing the estate of a gentlemen who passed away after being diagnosed with cancer.  The cancer was not detected for a number of years despite a revealing test result. Independent expert witnesses were able to show that the cancer should have been detected sooner and that had been detected sooner surgical excision would have cured it.  The deceased would still be alive, supporting his wife and two children.  The case settled for a significant six figure sum.  It was extremely rewarding to help support and rebuild the families lives.

Customer comments

Sam at Hudgell Solicitors has been lovely and so helpful. He’s always around to speak to me and has always listened. I’m glad that we have been able to hold people to account.

Qualifications and professional memberships:

  • Law degree (LLB with honours)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

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