Leading Hull law firm founder in the running for prestigious award
Neil Hudgell is in the running for a prestigious award
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Aug 2018
The founder of a leading Hull solicitors firm is in the running for the highest accolade awarded to lawyers in England.
Neil Hudgell, who launched Hudgell Solicitors in the city more than two decades ago, has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards.
The respected solicitor, who is also chairman of Hull KR, has seen his firm grow from a one-man operation to one of Hull’s most established names.
Hudgell’s chief executive Amanda Stevens, who was appointed last year to oversee the firm’s new national strategy, described its founder as “inspirational.”
“Neil continues to lead from the front by personally driving the continued growth of his firm after more than 20 years at the helm,” she said. “His innovative approach has been demonstrated over the past year as he has led a corporate restructure of the business and a staff engagement exercise, whilst personally running high-profile cases in new work areas.”
Mr Hudgell played a significant role in his firm securing a Court of Appeal ruling in which it was ruled that ‘no win no fee’ agreements can be validly transferred from one firm to another.
He also jointly led the representation of the four families of the victims of murderer Stephen Port, as the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigates possible failings by the Metropolitan Police.
His shortlisting in the 2018 Solicitor of the Year (Private Practice) category comes after restructuring his management team over the past 12 months and leading the development of new areas of work.
Mrs Stevens said: “Neil’s foresight and innovation has ensured our firm has been prepared for changes to the industry which could have a major impact in the years to come.
“He has been focussed on future-proofing the business and the clear message to our staff has been that we will be a ‘beneficiary and not a victim’ of any changes ahead.
“Neil looks at things from a different perspective and looks for new ideas. That has seen new staff recruited from outside the legal sector to bring a refreshing perspective on business development, whilst he has also ensured our staff have been engaged in the development of ideas for the business and given the opportunities to progress their careers.”
Hudgells now also has offices in London and Leeds, and supports more than 10,000 clients.
Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: “There are more than 9,000 firms and 140,000 solicitors in England and Wales, so to be shortlisted for an Excellence Award is to be recognised as being among the best of the best.”
Winners are announced at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards ceremony in London on October 17.
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