Hudgell Solicitors promotes five in embrace of employee ownership

Hudgell Solicitors recently announced the appointment of five new members to the firm’s executive management team.


Embracing employee ownership

This move signifies the company’s commitment to growth and success following its transition to employee ownership. Di Clemente emphasises, “Adding to our executive team is very much a move focused on the evolvement of the business as an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). It is about ensuring that we develop a strong senior executive team which not only includes great legal knowledge and expertise, but also expertise across all other areas of business which is vital in building a strong and resilient firm.”

The decision to expand the executive team comes on the heels of Hudgell Solicitors’ transformation into one of the largest law firms embracing employee ownership. Founder Neil Hudgell transferred the majority of shares to an employee ownership trust. He cited a desire to empower the firm’s talent and foster a more inclusive decision-making process. Hudgell aimed this move at providing employees with a platform to influence the firm’s management and ensure its future success.


Meet the new executive management team

The newly appointed members bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles.Vicky Richardson, who joined Hudgells in 1998, assumes the role of regional director of Hull, while Paul McClorry takes on the role of regional director of Manchester.

Lauren Dale, who joined Hudgells in 2010, has been promoted to risk and compliance director, and John Cuss moves to legal services director.

Jeremy Smith, the firm’s national head of costs, transitions to commercial director.

Reflecting on these appointments, Rachel Di Clemente expresses gratitude for the commitment demonstrated by the newly promoted executives, stating, “We are extremely fortunate to have an incredible pool of talent within our firm and these recent appointments reflect that.”

The new leadership structure, effective from 1 May 2024, positions Hudgell Solicitors for continued growth and success.


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Emma Cockings
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