Hudgell Solicitors is to be led into a new era by two highly-respected female lawyers in a move owner Neil Hudgell says is aimed at building on its current reputation for excellent client care and benefitting from ‘innovative thinking and sharp commerciality.’
It will see two significant changes to senior management roles at the firm, heralded by the arrival of Rachel Di Clemente from Minster Law, who will take over the reins from Amanda Stevens as Chief Executive and run the firm’s core business activities
Mrs Stevens will now take up the role of Managing Director in London focusing on London and the South whilst continuing to manage key national strategic external relationships.
She will be based at the firm’s Fleet Street office, focusing on developing Hudgells’ position in the south, where she has recruited a highly-experienced team of respected lawyers over the past three years.
Neil Hudgell, Executive Chairman, will continue to support the management team, whilst also developing the firm’s high-profile case work.
“These are important changes to the business which will ensure we have a clear focus across all key areas and highly experienced and talented people leading the way,” said Mr Hudgell.
“I am delighted to welcome Rachel to our business at a time that demands innovative thinking, sharp commerciality and absolute excellence in client care.
“I have no doubt that her reputation as a transformational leader with an unwavering passion for client care and colleague engagement will help us to continue to succeed in an evolving legal market.
“At the same time London and the south continues to present an array of opportunities for the business which Amanda is extremely passionate about and without doubt she is best positioned to develop for our clients.
“There is a need to develop our relationships with professionals and businesses in the south and given the work Amanda has already done, and her reputation and standing in the market place, she is the perfect fit for that task and will ensure we have complete focus on that very important area for us.”
Mrs Stevens said: “Having just seen through the successful implementation of our three year Strategic Plan and considered our future goals, it is an ideal time to now be able to devote myself to our offering in London and the south.
“I have long felt that there is a much greater lack of choice of specialist offering for injured clients in this part of the country, compared to the north. I really want to work on meeting more of that need through our specialist claims and rehabilitation offering. We have attracted some top talent to our southern legal team and I am thoroughly looking forward to supporting them and expanding what we do.”
Opportunity to lead Hudgells growth an ‘honour and privilege’
Mrs Di Clemente joins from Minster Law (part of the BHL group), where she sat on the board as Legal Services Director and Head of Legal Practice.
She said: “I’m honoured to have been given this opportunity to take on the role of Chief Executive at Hudgell Solicitors and lead its direction at such a pivotal time.
“To join a firm that shares my vision of how its legal services need to evolve to continue to be the best for its clients, and to have the opportunity to help translate that vision into a reality, is an absolute privilege.
“Hudgells has already taken some important steps to future proof its business, including diversification of services and the implementation of progressive workplace solutions.
“I believe that the days of ‘bigger is better’ have passed us by and there is an exciting future for unblinkered firms who are able to predict bespoke products that address what its clients really need creating new innovative ways to service them.”
Mrs Di Clemente will also take on the role of Compliance Officer for Legal Practice at Hudgells, which was recognised in the 2020 Legal 500 guide as ‘one of the most progressive and ambitious’ firms of its kind in its traditional work areas of personal injury and clinical negligence.
Under the leadership of Mrs Stevens, who has been chief executive since 2017, the firm has successfully expanded into new specialist work areas including Travel and Abuse, and has been fast developing a reputation as one of the leading legal service providers for Civil Liberties and Inquest representation.
During this time the independent legal directory Legal 500 commented that Hudgells was now “firmly established as a national leader’ in supporting people who suffer life-changing injuries with a ‘growing national reputation’ for police misconduct claims”