Hudgell Solicitors makes ‘locally loyal’ commitment

Hudgell Solicitors makes ‘locally loyal’ commitment

Hudgell Solicitors has launched a new community programme that will focus on being ‘locally loyal’ by partnering with neighbouring businesses and organisations.

The law firm aims to ensure that, wherever possible, it invests back into the community in the locality of its two main operational hubs in Hull and Manchester.

Its new corporate social responsibility programme will focus on local partnerships and investment, an annual charity of choice, departmental charity support, and a benevolent fund and pro bono advice for clients in need with limited means.

Rachel Di Clemente, chief executive of Hudgell Solicitors, said: “As a business we have never lost sight of the fact that we have developed to become recognised as a top 200 law firm in the UK because we have been able to draw exceptionally talented and motivated people from within the communities we serve, firstly in and around Hull for 23 years and more recently in Manchester where our impact to local people is growing.”

“We have found that the most successful and rewarding partnerships we have entered into have been those with local businesses and organisations, where we both come into it with a collective passion to do well for one another, and the locality. We want relationships with business partners to be collaborative, working together to support one another and sharing a common passion to do the very best for each other’s clients.”

“We see this as a collective responsibility to support our community and to ensure our clients benefit from the close relationships with our partners who truly understand our values and purpose.”

Hudgell Solicitors already has a number of established relationships with local organisations, service suppliers and charities.

Its PR and media activities have been managed by Willerby-based Arrival Design and PR since 2013, most recently handling national media interest in cases including the Post Office Horizon Scandal and the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

Hudgell Solicitors has also partnered with Pace Communications, based in the Fruit Market, Hull, on a number of branding campaigns; Hull-based Eskimo Soup, which is bringing the firm’s work to life through video story-telling; digital Marketing specialist 43 Clicks North; IT services firm Intrasource; and audio production specialist Engine 7.

Recruiting local talent and upskilling through training

The ‘locally loyal’ approach also runs through recruitment at Hudgell Solicitors and its commitment to upskilling those it employs.

Earlier this year, the firm launched a new training contract programme that supports trainees to earn and learn over two years as they complete a legal practice course (LPC) part-time, offering people a more flexible and attainable route into the highly-desired legal sector.

It also introduced a new ‘associate’ role within the business, positions to which 10 senior members of the legal teams in Hull and Manchester have been promoted, offering them greater opportunity and the chance to progress their careers.

Di Clemente said: “Our aim is to have a positive impact within the community in every aspect of what we do. That will include how we recruit people into our firm and how we develop them when they are here.”

“It will influence decisions as to the businesses we choose to work with long term, and ensure we support organisations which align not only with our own purpose and values, but also the aims, needs and aspirations of the wider community.”

Hudgell Solicitors has long supported the P.A.U.L for Brain Recovery community centre in Hull, which it has provided dedicated support for those adapting to life after a brain injury. Sports clubs including the Electric Eels Powerchair Football Club, Barton Old Boys FC Bridlington Town FC and Hull Kingston Rovers have also been long-term partners.

The law firm recently revealed its 2021/22 Annual Charity of Choice to be Martin’s Mountain, which is raising funds for the Spinal Injuries Association.

The charity was chosen in support of client Martin Hibbert, who was one of the closest people to the terrorist blast at the Manchester Arena in May 2017 to survive, suffering life-changing injuries that left him in a wheelchair.

He is hoping to raise £1 million to provide better support to people who suffer spinal injuries in the UK by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in a custom-built Bowhead hand bike.

Hudgell Solicitors has not only pledged to support the cause, but raise £100,000 towards it.

Di Clemente said: “Martin is from Bolton which is of course local to our Manchester office and the SIA is a charity which is aligned to our focus of securing our clients access to organisations which give them the best chance at ‘life after’ injury.”

“We have set ourselves the goal of raising £100,000 of the overall £1 million target and we will look to achieve this through a series of internal and external fundraising events, and through personal and corporate donations from people who, like us, want to make a positive difference to lives.”

“Today marks the start of us setting our goals of being much more than a successful business. We are striving to be a successful local business, making a positive impact within the communities we serve in all that we do. If we achieve that, we’ll continue to be successful.”

Pictured: Hudgell Solicitors’s headquarters in Hull’s Fruit Market

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