Associate, Criminal Injuries and Civil Liberties
Nicola has been at Hudgell Solicitors since 2010 and has been qualified as a solicitor since 2006. She has led on a broad range of serious and high value injury cases, including fatal accidents. These cases often require her to pursue long term rehabilitation packages on behalf of clients who have suffered life changing injuries.
Nicola has more recently moved to our civil liberties department and now runs a case load including police assault, unlawful arrest, and breaches of a person’s human rights. Nicola is also team supervisor for our Criminal Injuries Compensation team and has extensive experience in dealing with Criminal Injuries Compensation claims, representing victims of sexual and domestic abuse as well as those involved in serious assaults leaving them with life changing injuries, she also has also represented clients at appeal hearings.
In my role at Hudgell Solicitors I have represented people of all ages who have suffered abuse, injury, or harm in a wide range of circumstances, from being blameless victims of crime to those seriously injured in road accidents, and those left behind following a sudden and avoidable death of a loved one.
In our work we see every day the huge impact these and incidents have on so many lives through no fault of their own, I have always been passionate about helping people who suffer hurt and loss as a result of the actions of others and this has always motivated me in supporting my personal injury clients, and those who have been victims of violent crimes, and it remains the same with regards to human rights breaches and in cases against police forces and state bodies.
I acted for the wife and daughter of a young man killed after being crushed by a skip whilst at work, in such cases loved ones can of course never be replaced, but the settlement achieved for the young family will help with their future by covering the long-term financial support lost.
I also acted for a seven-year-year old girl who, when she was five, fell from the top of an unsafe slide in a playground and landed on concrete flooring, a case which led to a review of all safety at playgrounds across the specific town. That particular case also led to me being featured in The Law Gazette as “Lawyer in the News”, such was the interest in the case.
I have also represented clients in claims for Criminal Injuries Compensation, whose claims had previously been rejected under the, now abolished, same roof rule.
Career, qualifications and memberships
- Degree in Law
- Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice