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I’ve always been passionate about helping people who suffer hurt and loss as a result of the actions of others.

Our legal expertise is much needed when individuals find themselves considering action against state bodies such as police forces and prisons. Our role is to fight for our clients and ensure state bodies are fully held to account.

Get to Know Vicky

Vicky joined Hudgell Solicitors in 1998 and has more than 25 years’ experience in securing compensation for those who have suffered physically, psychologically and financially through no fault of their own.

As Head of Civil Liberties and Criminal Injuries she oversees teams leading cases relating to actions against the police, breaches of human rights and deaths in prisons, or deaths due to mental health care failings. She also oversees the firm’s representation of families at Inquests.

Vicky has previously specialised in personal injury and has worked for two other law firms before joining Hudgell Solicitors.

Career Highlights

I worked alongside Neil Hudgell representing the family of former Welsh Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant, who was found dead days after being sacked.

Carl committed suicide in November 2017 after being sacked from his cabinet post as Secretary for Communities and Children. Allegations had been made against him, but he was never told what they were, and his impending removal from government was leaked to the media before he knew.

Hudgells were successful with a judicial review of the Welsh Government’s decision to exclude the family from participating effectively in the independent inquiry into how Mr Sargeant was sacked by the (now former) First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Vicky was also part of the team which represented the family at inquest, when the coroner recorded a conclusion of ‘suicide’ and said he believed there was ‘a real risk that future deaths will occur in the event of political sackings unless action is taken by the Welsh Government.

I again worked with Neil to represent the families of Anthony Walgate, Daniel Whitworth, Gabriel Kovari and Jack Taylor, who were murdered by serial killer Stephen Port. Following months of preparation and a lengthy inquest, multiple failings where exposed that had not been identified by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The Jury found fundamental failings and basic errors by the Metropolitan police probably contributed to the deaths of the young men.

I also represented the victim of a historic sexual assault, who many years later discovered that the police had misplaced a disc containing the interview following the attack. Following an investigation by the IOPC, it also came to light that a forensic report had been misread by an officer. That same officer had then mocked my client in a series of emails, suggesting she was disingenuous. 

As a result of this, disciplinary action was taken against a number of officers involved, two of which resigned from their post.

I have also supported clients through our representation at Public Inquiries. This has included June Tron, mother of Philip, who was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017. I have also represented clients affected by the Post Office Horizon scandal at Public Inquiry, and with their claims for malicious prosecution, and to seek damages via the Horizon Historical Shortfall Scheme.

Other significant cases include successfully secured compensation for two minors who were the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a relative, after the police force involved failed to investigate concerns that had been raised which could have resulted in the perpetrator being arrested several months sooner.

I also successfully secured compensation for an elderly lady who felt harassed as officers of a police force repeatedly attended at her home, looking for a relative who did not, nor had ever lived with her. On at least two occasions when officers attended her home, the relative was on remand in prison.

Another significant I led at Hudgell Solicitors involved investigations into how a London Metropolitan Police Force list of suspected gangs came to be shared over social media – leading to innocent people being left in fear of attack.

Recognition

Chambers and Partners 2023 – “She is excellent and her client care is fantastic.”

Legal 500 – “Vicky Richardson is smart, incisive and considered in her team leadership. She delivers on the law while being both responsive and approachable.”

 

She is excellent and her client care is fantastic. – Chambers and Partners 2023

Vicky Richardson is smart, incisive and considered in her team leadership. She delivers on the law while being both responsive and approachable. – Legal 500 2023

Vicky Richardson is a star among the civil liberties field. She is able to manage the civil liberties team with extreme diligence and has successfully taken it from strength to strength. – Legal 500 2023

My advice and articles

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Damages for family of prisoner found hanged in cell as ‘inadequate care plan’ contributed to staff ‘complacency’ over threats to kill himself

The daughter of an Oxfordshire prisoner found hanged in his cell says lessons must be learned after successfully pursuing a civil case against the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Sarah-Jane Gray took legal action after learning how staff at HMP Bullingdon, in Bicester, became ‘complacent’ with regards to her father David’s repeated threats to take his […]

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‘Four Lives’ drama has told a powerful story of families failed by police which needed to be heard

The final episode of the BBC’s three-part drama “Four Lives” was broadcast last night – a drama based on true events but one many people may find almost unbelievable when it comes to the level of police failings which have been highlighted. It is a tragic story our team at Hudgell Solicitors has been incredibly […]

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Met Police agrees damages with woman for ‘unacceptably shallow’ investigation into allegations of sexual abuse 18 years ago

A woman has been awarded damages by the London Metropolitan Police for failing to fully investigate allegations she made 18 years ago that she had been sexually abused as a child. The force accepted there had been ‘clear neglect in duty’ by both a Detective Constable and an Active Detective Sergeant, as they failed to […]

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Virtual services to remember 22 killed by Manchester Arena bombing three years ago will be ‘poignant and powerful’

Events are taking place tomorrow to mark three years since the Manchester Arena bombing which saw 22 people killed. Due to the ongoing lockdown, a virtual ceremony is being held. Plans have also been revealed for a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives. A service at Manchester Cathedral, led by the Dean of […]

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Inquests and Inquiries: Why we’re dedicated to standing by the side of families when fighting for justice

Upholding justice across the legal system and supporting clients when things go wrong is central to our work at Hudgell Solicitors. Ultimately, we stand side by side with families and individuals when they have been badly failed, and it is a role our team undertakes with great passion, commitment and pride. Our lawyers are currently […]

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Mother of Manchester bombing victim ‘relieved’ by conviction of bomber’s brother and hopes for further answers at inquiry

The mother of a Manchester Arena bombing victim says the conviction of Hashem Abedi for the murders of the 22 people who died in the terror attack came as a ‘relief’, and says she is hopeful of further clarity from future legal hearings. June Tron’s son Philip, 32, died when caught up in the blast […]

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Inquest continues into death of Katrina O’Hara

The jury inquest into the death of murdered hairdresser, Katrina O’Hara, is continuing at Bournemouth Town Hall. Victoria Richardson and Alexandra Eldon of Hudgell Solicitors are acting on behalf of the family. Katrina, 44, was murdered by Stuart Thomas on 7 January 2016 at her hair salon in Blandford Forum, Dorset. Thomas was later convicted […]

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‘Unlawful’ London-wide ban on ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protesters could open door to hundreds of legal claims

A High Court ruling that the Metropolitan Police’s decision to ban protests across the city last month was ‘unlawful’ is highly significant and could now mean that hundreds of people may be able to pursue legal claims for damages for unlawful arrest and false imprisonment. Section 14 of the Public Order Act was used by […]

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Manchester Arena Attack: Statement from Vicky Richardson acting on behalf of victims’ families as Public Inquiry is announced

The Home Secretary has today announced that a public inquiry will be established to investigate the deaths of the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena attack, rather than an Inquest. The inquiry will be chaired by the Honourable Sir John Saunders, a retired High Court judge who was nominated by the Lord Chief Justice to […]

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Misconduct charge for Sussex Police officer who warned stalking victim as family hit out at ‘sham’ disciplinary hearing

A Sussex Police officer has been found guilty of misconduct at a disciplinary panel today over his failure to properly investigate Shana Grice’s complaints that she was being stalked by the man who would later murder her. The charge was downgraded from gross misconduct. Shana was killed by her former stalker boyfriend in August 2016, […]

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Philip Tron

Mother of Manchester Arena bombing victim says pain of losing her son worsens with time as families mark 2nd anniversary

The mother of a Manchester Arena bombing victim says she took seven months to accept her son had been taken from her forever – and says the pain of her loss only worsens with passing time. Speaking on the second anniversary of the attack at the Ariane Grande concert which claimed the lives of 22 […]

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Inquest into double murder at Surrey puppy farm ‘must consider all contributing factors’ to fatal day mother and daughter were shot dead

Solicitors say ‘all contributing factors’ must be considered at an inquest into the deaths of a mother and daughter shot dead by a farmer who’d previously had his guns confiscated after being investigated by police. Vicky Richardson, at Hudgell Solicitors, has been instructed to represent Julia James, sister of 66-year-old Christine Lee, and aunt of […]

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Shana Grice

Former Sussex Police officer guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ over Shana Grice failings

A Sussex Police officer has been found guilty of gross misconduct at a disciplinary panel today over his failure to properly investigate Shana Grice’s complaints that she was being stalked by the man who would later murder her. PC Mills, who has now resigned, was accused of failing to adequately investigate a complaint made by […]

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Lewis Skelton

Inquest into death of man shot by police awaits Court of Appeal ruling over laws on jury findings

The inquest into the death of a man who died after being shot by police officers is being delayed as clarity is awaited over laws relating to a possible change in the standard of proof required for juries to reach certain findings. Lewis Skelton, 31, of Hull, died in November 2016 after ‘two live rounds’ […]

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