Dr Neil Hudgell
When I founded Hudgell Solicitors in September 1997, I set out to create a specialist personal injury and medical negligence law firm where client care is always the priority. That focus remains the same today. Our team is centred on meeting our clients’ needs and getting them the best possible outcome.
As a personal injury lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience, I have successfully represented many clients who have suffered trauma and loss. Today I have built a team of expert lawyers with a reputation for achieving settlements that enable people to get their lives back on track and look to the future. We take a holistic approach to all our clients and offer much more than legal solutions. For example, we have a network of partners able to give high-quality rehabilitation support to clients.
My roots are firmly in Hull where I was born in 1966. I studied Law at the University of Staffordshire, gaining an honours degree, and then completed a Master’s degree at the University of Hull in 1991. I was very honoured to be awarded a Doctorate in Law by the University of Hull in 2009.
Hudgell Solicitors is now highly successful and expanding rapidly to become an established national brand. As well as the headquarters in Hull, we have offices in London, Leeds and Bristol, enabling us to serve clients across England and Wales.
But we never forget our roots. That’s why Hudgell Solicitors supports many local activities through the Hudgell Solicitors Trust. We value being close to the communities that have helped our business to grow and thrive.
Away from the office, I am chairman of Hull Kingston Rovers, a post I’ve held since 2004. I am a lifelong fan of the club. During my tenure, Hull KR has risen from National League obscurity to become Super League contenders. To keep fit, I run and play golf.
In 2013, I was named ‘Outstanding Innovator of the Year’ in the legal profession’s Claims Innovation Awards. The judges said: ‘A true innovator in the purest sense of the word… with client care at the core of its ethos, his firm has grown in size, year after year.’
I was also humbled to receive a special award in recognition of Hudgell Solicitors Trust’s support for disabled sport at the first-ever Hull and East Riding Disability Sports Awards. Organisers said: ‘From day one, we have had wonderful support from Neil. He has been with us all the way, and has shown he is willing to support people financially.’
In addition, I am proud that nine out of 10 former clients would recommend us to their family and friends.
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I am a specialist in tackling complex claimant cases, in particular cerebral palsy cases, claims involving children, failures in care of the elderly and spinal injury cases. I also take a particular interest in representing families at inquests and was appointed as Assistant Coroner in Oxford in 2015.
Expertise and key strengths
I am known for my caring approach and my determination to succeed on even the most difficult of cases. I have extensive experience in leading legal teams, implementing change and restructuring departments to introduce improved ways of working. I am an effective motivator and am dedicated to providing the very best client service, with sympathy and understanding at the heart of my work. I have acted not only for private clients, but also for Trade Union Membership Organisations.
I have been a partner of three firms of solicitors, heading up medical law, clinical negligence and healthcare departments. I am a former state registered nurse, a role in which I spent six years before entering the legal sector in 1990. I worked in advising NHS Trusts on medico-legal issues, legal claims and risk assessments before specialising in claimant clinical negligence work. I have experience in leading legal teams in offices across the UK. I have a Bachelor of Law degree with Honours, and a Masters degree in Medical Law and Ethics from King’s College, London. Due to my experience, I am frequently asked to comment on medico-legal issues by the media.
Proudest professional achievement
My proudest achievement is difficult as there have been many memorable victories for seriously injured clients, but one is taking over a dental negligence case involving a 9-year-old boy who was brain damaged during a dental procedure for which he had a general anaesthetic. He got into difficulties and the dentist was unable to bring him round before he suffered a lack of oxygen to his brain. In addition to obtaining sufficient compensation to enable him to be cared for in the event of his mother predeceasing him, which was highly likely, as a direct result of campaigning on this case the law was changed and dentists are no longer able to administer general anaesthetics to children in the surgery. The child has to be admitted to hospital where paediatric anaesthetists and recovery teams are on hand, thus preventing such a catastrophic event ever occurring again.
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I am senior legal executive and manager of the multi-track team for Hudgell Solicitors, specialising in accidents at work and high-value and complex personal injury cases.
I have been with Hudgell Solicitors for about 10 years and have extensive experience within personal injury having worked with a number of law firms and previously at Hull Magistrates’ Court.
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As joint head of the clinical negligence department at Hudgell Solicitors, I deal with complex, high-value clinical negligence cases. My particular expertise, gained over 20 years as a solicitor, is in complex brain injury cases including birth injury claims and clients with cerebral palsy.
One well-known case I was involved in — Beck v MoD (Court of Appeal) — led to new guidelines being laid down about the use of expert witnesses in cases. Now, an expert’s findings have to be disclosed, whether or not they are favourable to a claimant or a defendant’s case, before a new expert can be instructed. The aim is to discourage lawyers from shopping around for expert reports most favourable to their case.Recent successes include recovering substantial compensation for someone who was left with a paralysis following a preventable stroke and for another client who suffered a below-knee amputation due to a failure to diagnose and adequately treat an infection to his foot. Both cases were hard fought, with the claims for compensation originally rejected by the defendant.
I joined Hudgell Solicitors in 2011 when it took over the personal injury and clinical negligence departments of my previous firm. I enjoy working every day with a dedicated team of people.
Outside work, my interests include most sports. I am a season pass holder at Hull KR RLFC and enjoy the odd round of golf, work permitting.
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Areas of specialism
Road traffic accident claims, particularly involving catastrophic injury at work and accidents involving children, and also public, employment and occupiers’ liability claims.
Expertise and key strengths
I have successfully dealt with very high profile cases involving people in the public eye who have been involved in accidents, both involving road traffic and injuries at work. This included a boxer who was injured in the kitchen at his workplace and lost a finger. This had a knock-on effect on his boxing career and he was unable to compete for some time.
In my field of work it’s vital to ensure the client has confidence and complete trust in us to protect them and their case. This is one of my key strengths. Particularly with acquisitions, it is incredibly important that the clients I deal with have a personal service, given the nature of their cases.
I worked with Minster Law for 13 years before joining the personal injury team at Hudgell Solicitors in Leeds in March 2012.
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I joined Hudgell Solicitors in 1997, the year Hudgell established the business, following a career in related roles with Standard Life, Zanussi and Computype International.
My responsibilities within the firm include overseeing operations in the areas of finance, information and communications technology, compliance and estates management across the firm’s offices. This includes ensuring systems and procedures are in place to enable the firm to meet high standards of client care and satisfaction.
I believe our strength comes from our people, and with overall responsibility for HR I am committed to, and am responsible for, introducing new programmes for training and development.
I also played a key role in helping the firm to achieve the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation in April 2013.
As a key member of the team responsible for strategic planning, implementing innovative business development ideas and creating opportunities for the firm to grow, I am extremely proud of what we have achieved.
I have achieved a teaching qualification from Bishop Burton College and this, coupled with my enthusiasm for cooking and nutrition, allows me to teach adults and groups in the community about these important topics in my spare time.
I also enjoy yoga, especially weekend retreats, going to the theatre, entertaining and cooking.
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In a legal career spanning over 25 years I have had the privilege of looking after people pursuing small, moderate and large injury claims. In recent years I have specialised in claims involving more complex injury and clinical negligence cases where injuries have been severe or long-lasting, such as acquired brain and spinal cord injury for both adults and children (including many cerebral palsy claims), fatalities, missed diagnosis claims and diabetic amputees.
Expertise and key strengths
I am told that my expertise lies in my technical ability to handle complex claims and bring together teams of people to achieve the best possible results for our clients. I have been credited with an ability to “think outside the box” and to achieve creative negotiated solutions to seemingly intractable difficulties. My passion and commitment to early and effective rehabilitation is also well known.
I have a long track record in leading on campaigns for law reform and regularly speak to press, politicians and the judiciary on topics on the law reform agenda.
I prefer to rely on independent statements about my strengths from clients for legal directories which quote me as: ‘devoted and committed’, ‘going the extra mile’ and ‘service standards are very high’. Legal peers say I show “superb judgment, that I am ‘quietly authoritative and extremely industrious’, whilst I referred to in a High Court judgment as ‘being particularly impressive and experienced’.
I have also been recommended for my work with birth injury cases. One leading counsel with whom I have worked has said ‘her conduct and preparation for the Court of Appeal was among the very best that I have seen’ and that ‘it was evident from the trial papers and manuscript that her preparation for trial at first instance was top class’. Another leading counsel has said in a long career that he had ‘never dealt with a team more organised and on the ball’.
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I am a senior solicitor in our highly experienced London team. My particular expertise is in catastrophic injury cases, with a focus on spinal-cord injury, brain injury and amputation cases.
I have worked for clients in many ‘multi-track cases’, where the claim is for more than £25,000, and I’ve also dealt with multi-million-pound cases.
These include claims following paediatric surgery at the Royal Bristol Infirmary, the subject of the Bristol Heart Baby Inquiry. Other high-profile cases include acting for a tetraplegic claimant awarded £9.3m at trial.
What my clients say about me:
- ‘Excellent interpersonal skills’
- ‘He really cares about his clients’
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I head up the personal injury team in Leeds and also specialise in claims for road traffic accident compensation, employers’ liability, public liability, occupiers’ liability and product liability.
I am a fully qualified solicitor (LLB Hons) and also an APIL-accredited litigator with more than 10 years of experience.
I previously worked for Corries Solicitors, Cogent Solicitors, Minster Law, Pryers Solicitors and Godloves Solicitors before joining Hudgell’s team in 2010. After 10 years of personal injury work, I still have the same passion for helping clients get the compensation they deserve. I have done both defendant and claimant work, so I have a good grasp of what I can realistically achieve for a client.
My recent successes include a claim I had managed for more than three years for a client who came with me from my previous firm. I was able to secure the client nearly £200,000 in damages and it was very satisfying to get a good result for them in the end.
Away from the office, I am a recent convert to golf and also a keen skier. I enjoy socialising and watching films — old and new.
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I have been with Hudgell Solicitors since May 2010. Based in the Leeds office, my area of expertise covers accidents at work, occupiers’ liability, public liability, product liability and road traffic accident claims.
I obtained a degree in law at the University of Hull before going on to complete a post-graduate diploma in legal practice at the College of Law in York.
I am an accredited member of APIL. I previously worked for Bailey & Haigh Solicitors in Goole before joining Hudgell Solicitors in 2010.
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I oversee regulatory compliance for the firm, liaising with organisations such as the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), the Law Society, the Information Commissioner’s Office and external Lexcel assessors.
My role is to ensure that the firm keeps up to date with the increasing regulatory requirements faced by all legal practices.
I also work with external providers of services to ensure that they meet our high standards of client care and service quality and comply with any regulatory constraints and obligations placed upon them.
In March 2013, we successfully secured the Law Society’s Lexcel Practice Standard. Lexcel is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms that gives assurance to clients that a practice meets high client care and business management standards.
To gain and retain Lexcel accreditation, a practice must go through a rigorous initial testing and then annual applications and inspections. All of the work involved was conducted under my management.
My area of specialism has (for the past 14 years) been personal injury. My proudest result has been securing a seven-figure award for a client who had suffered severe injuries at work, which meant that he’d never be able to walk or work again. He received sufficient compensation to make him financially comfortable for the rest of his life.
Before becoming a lawyer, I ran my own business for three years and then returned to university. In 1998, I graduated from the University of Hull in with an LLB Hons (First Class) and was awarded three academic prizes during the course of my law degree. I have also had articles published in academic journals and the legal press.
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I have worked for Hudgell Solicitors for four years as joint head of clinical negligence, which deals with all areas of medical negligence claims and dental negligence claims.
I also sit on the management team.
I have previously worked for Hamers, Heptonstalls, Beaumont Partnership, Raleys and Rapid Solicitors.
The highlight of my career was having a surgeon suspended from practice after a catalogue of errors at Scarborough Hospital. This surgeon left one of my clients needing a permanent tracheostomy to enable her to speak and breathe.
Away from the office, I enjoy all sports but mainly football and cricket. I am club secretary for Cottingham Rangers FC, which runs an academy for kids aged five to seven and teams from eight to 18 years old.
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I qualified in 1998 with BA (Hons) Law & Business and have been handling personal injury and clinical negligence claims on behalf of claimants ever since. I also have a PGDip Legal Practice, Solicitor.
I have worked for Hudgell Solicitors since 2011 as team head/manager for the clinical negligence department in Hull.
For me, every good result obtained for a client is a highlight and one that is very satisfying.
Away from the office I am a big sports fan. I enjoy rugby league; I’m a Hull FC pass holder and a big Leeds United supporter. I also enjoy cricket, golf and DIY.
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This information was sourced from the Hudgell Solicitors website.