Hudgell Solicitors  has announced the appointment of leading travel litigation and serious injury lawyer Paul McClorry to its senior management team as it continues to expand upon its areas of work.Mr McClorry, previously headed up internationally renowned travel litigation teams at Pannone and Slater & Gordon, and has been recruited to develop Hudgells’ travel litigation business, assisting victims of serious accidents abroad.
He has a broad range of expertise, having represented people who have been injured whilst on holidays in road traffic accidents, on aeroplanes, ships, trains and coaches.
This has seen him act for many people who have sustained catastrophic injuries, families who have lost loved ones and in group action claims, bringing to Hudgell Solicitors vast experience of handling cases across Europe and worldwide and extensive knowledge of complex jurisdiction and applicable law issues.
Leading legal publication the Legal 500 described him as ‘professional, patient and thorough’, whilst the Chambers and Partners directory said he was ‘noted for his ability to handle cross-border personal injury claims which rest on jurisdiction and points of applicable law.
Mr McClorry, started his legal career in 1999 and joined Pannone in 2005, spending nine years with the firm before it was acquired by Slater & Gordon in 2014. With travel litigation teams coming together from a number of acquisitions at that time he was selected to head the department, managing a team of more than 30 people.
This work has seen him gain international recognition, developing strong contacts with lawyers and insurers across Europe and America.
He feels now is the perfect time to join Hudgell Solicitors, a firm he says has been making others in the claims sector sit up and take notice with its recent developments, and a firm he feels he can add value to given his expertise and area of work.
“I have been aware of Hudgells growth and development for some time, and Neil Hudgell (managing director) and Amanda Stevens (chief executive) are both very well respected across the industry, so I was excited when the opportunity to join the firm arose,” he said.
“When I discussed plans with Neil and Amanda I was impressed with their ambitions for future growth in their strategy, their clear vision for developing new key areas of business, and I like many others have been impressed with the calibre of recent new additions to their team, alongside their many long-standing well-respected personal injury and clinical negligence solicitors.
“I am delighted to have been added to the senior management team as this will enable me to use my experience of managing teams to assist the continued growth of the business.
“There is a real opportunity for me to develop the travel litigation work for Hudgell Solicitors, with my focus on supporting people who suffer serious and catastrophic injuries abroad fitting very well with the high-value work the firm already does, supporting victims of life-changing injury towards recovery.
“Serious accidents in a foreign country present a myriad of issues and difficulties for victims and their friends and families, and it is very rewarding to be able to provide the legal expertise required to negotiate through the variable international laws and provide clients with the best possible access to the rehabilitation support and damages they need.”
Chief Executive Amanda Stevens says Mr McClorry’s appointment is another significant marker for the firm, adding further recognised industry-leading expertise to the daily offering to clients, and to the senior management team.
“Paul joins us with a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of travel claims litigation, importantly in the area of supporting those who suffer serious accidents abroad,” she said.
“He has been involved in ground-breaking cases with regard to deciding upon the applicable law – a vital element of personal injury claims abroad – and is another addition to our senior team who has the high-level experience to not only attract the right sort of cases to our firm, but to also provide another very senior voice at the management table in terms of the continued development and growth of the firm.”
Mr McClorry is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL), the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association (TATLA) and is often contacted by the media for expert comment on travel litigation.
He will initially work from Hudgell Solicitors’ Leeds office in Park Place. His appointment follows the recent additions of specialist sports injuries claims specialist Josie Robinson and leading civil liberties solicitor Cyrilia Davies Knight in London.