Hudgell Solicitors’ Associate Michelle Tebbutt has been appointed as Vice President of the Hull Incorporated Law Society.
It is the latest recognition for Michelle in a career which has been on an upward spiral ever since she qualified from her Legal Practice Course with a distinction.
Having worked on clinical negligence cases since 2010, Michelle joined Hudgell Solicitors in 2015.
She has since established herself as a key member of the Hull-based clinical negligence team, handling cases including delayed diagnosis and treatment of cancer, birth injuries and claims relating to lower and upper limbs and the spine.
She was promoted to the role of Associate Solicitor in 2021, a role in which Michelle has extra responsibility alongside running her own caseload of claims.
This includes supporting senior management in working towards strategic goals, assisting with business development, and with the supervision of clinical negligence team members.
‘Great role model’
Rachel Di Clemente, chief executive of Hudgell Solicitors, says Michelle’s new position with the Hull Incorporated Law Society reflects her passion and commitment for making the maximum possible impact in her role.
“Michelle is a great role model to others who want to pursue a legal career and progress, as she always looks to make the maximum possible impact through her work, for both her clients and her firm,” she said.
“We promoted Michelle, as we have a number of other solicitors, to the role of an Associate to reflect her dedication to ensuring she provides a first-class service to our clients, but also for her passion for our business.
“It is pleasing to see her commitment to law stretching beyond her work with Hudgell Solicitors, and to the wider legal market locally with her involvement in the Hull Incorporated Law Society. I’m sure she will make the role a success.”
Founded in 1818, Hull Incorporated Law Society is the professional association for lawyers practising in Hull and East Riding. It is one of 12 local law societies which falls under the umbrella organisation of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies, a group which brings solicitors in Yorkshire together with a collective stronger voice.
Its main role is to support the profession locally by offering training and information services, social events and representing members’ interests with the Law Society, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) and other bodies.
Michelle says she is delighted to have been handed the prestigious role of Vice President, which will then lead to a year as President in 2024.
“It is a great honour to be made the Vice President of Hull Incorporated Law Society given the exceptional legal talent across Hull and the East Riding who are members,” she said.
“Continued learning and development is a key focus at Hudgell Solicitors, and is something we have really focussed on within the clinical negligence department over the past 12 months as we have sought to make knowledge sharing part and parcel of what we do across our team.
“We work in a legal environment which is constantly changing and evolving, so it is important to keep abreast of issues which can impact on how we are able to represent our clients and achieve the best outcomes for them. By sharing knowledge and having a collective voice as lawyers, we are able to do what clients expect of them, and offer the best possible legal advice.”
In her work for Hudgells, Michelle recently represented a client who was awarded £1.2m after his leg had to be amputated after he developed blood clots after surgery. The NHS Trust admitted delays in referring the patient to its vascular surgery unit and agreed the damages settlement out of court.