Tracy Thames

Litigation Executive

Service Area



One of my strengths is my ability to listen and empathise with clients, building a relationship of trust. This is crucial when dealing with cases relating to terrible sexual abuse, severe injuries and clients who have been left mentally distressed.

I love my job, and knowing that I have helped someone receive compensation for their suffering is highly rewarding.

Get to Know Tracy

Tracy has worked in the Criminal Injuries compensation team since August 2016 where she assists clients in pursuing claims for victims of violent crimes through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Her specialist area is helping victims of serious sexual offences, domestic abuse and sexual abuse as well as traumatic brain injuries.

Tracy says she is motivated by being able to obtain compensation for her clients, especially those who have been left with complex and serious injuries after suffering a crime of violence through no fault of their own.

Career Highlights

I have dealt with many different cases, but those which stay with me include a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury, for whom I secured a damages settlement of more than £400,000. This was a highly complex claim and incorporated his injuries, loss of earnings and future care needs.

Another claim involved a client who was sexually abuse at a boarding school in the 1980s. I was able to secure my client just over £130,000 for his suffering. Again this award was mainly due to loss of earnings, as such was the impact of his mental trauma, he was unable to undertake any kind of paid employment.

Other cases which have stood out to me are claims which were previously rejected or not submitted at all due to the cruel ‘same roof rule’ which for many years prevented people seeking compensation if they had been abused by people they lived with.

This law was finally scrapped and it was a privilege to be able to help my clients get the compensation they had so long deserved; it also gave them the comfort that they had been listened to and finally believed.

Giving More

At Hudgell Solicitors we’re encouraged to give back to our local communities and I support Hull Women’s Aid and Purple House. I’ve also participated in a ‘sleep out’ for the homeless charity, Simon on the Streets

My advice and articles

man seriously assaulted was successfully represented in criminal injury compensation claim by hudgell solicitors

Compensation for man who suffered fractured skull in unprovoked group attack

A man who suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain when the victim of an unprovoked assault has been awarded damages by a Government scheme which provides compensation to people who are the victims of violent crime. The man, who asked not to be named, was attacked by a group people whilst waiting […]

Criminal Injury

Criminal Injury

It often takes a great deal of courage to report a rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse to the police. Not everyone is aware that as part of the justice process, victims are entitled to seek an award from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority – or CICA for short. Listen to Tracy Thames, a CICA […]

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Woman awarded £59,000 increase in damages from Government after case linked to sexual abuse suffered as a child reopened on medical grounds

A woman who was awarded £16,500 compensation as a child for being a victim of sexual abuse has now been awarded a further £59,000 by the Government after her case was reopened as an adult. Her case was reconsidered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) after lawyers acting on her behalf appealed for a […]

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Father-of-three awarded £131,000 by Government compensation scheme for sexual abuse by teacher at North Devon boarding school four decades ago

A 50-year-old father-of-three who alleged he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a former boarding school teacher four decades ago has been awarded £131,000 damages through a Government scheme. The man, of Feltham, west London, has been awarded a compensation settlement by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), a Ministry of Justice funded scheme to support […]

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Government scheme awards £16,500 damages to woman, 25, despite uncle she accused of abusing her as a child walking free at court

A woman who alleged that she was sexually abused as a child for four years by an uncle she lived with has been awarded compensation for her suffering two decades later – and despite the man she accused being cleared in court. Following representation by specialist law firm Hudgell Solicitors, the 25-year-old from Manchester, who […]

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Damages secured for woman abused as a child in family home by elder half-brother following abolishment of ‘same roof’ law

Hudgell Solicitors has helped a woman secure £16,500 damages after being abused between the ages of seven and nine by her elder half-brother 50 years ago. The case is the first settlement secured since a law, which had previously prevented abuse victims claiming compensation if they lived under the ‘same roof’ as their attackers, was […]

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£29,000 compensation awarded to 44-year-old man who spoke out about being abused as a child after 30 years

A 44-year-old man has been awarded £29,000 damages by a Government compensation scheme despite police not having enough evidence to bring criminal charges against his alleged abuser. It comes after Hudgell Solicitors challenged an initial rejection of the case by Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) on his behalf. The man, who alleged he was regularly […]

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