Michelle Tebbutt announced as president of Hull Law Society

Solicitor Michelle Tebbutt says she feels ‘immensely proud’ of her appointment as president of Hull Incorporated Law Society and intends to use the role to support the continued development of legal expertise across East Yorkshire. 

Michelle is a medical negligence specialist at Hudgell Solicitors having joined the firm in 2015.

Over the past 12 months, she secured recognition for her work at Hudgells and earned a promotion to senior associate. Externally, Chambers and Partners named her ‘one to watch’ in their leading legal guide. She also secured Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Senior Litigator status. 


‘Exceptional’ legal talent 

“My involvement with Hull Incorporated Law Society has been extremely rewarding,” she said. 

“As a region, we have many leading law firms and exceptionally talented lawyers who can offer legal support to clients that more than matches that provided in the cities and regions of the UK which are commonly assumed to be the legal hotspots.  

“We have to shout out more about the work being done by legal teams across Hull and the East Riding, and the opportunities there are for people to have excellent legal careers here.  

“Hudgells is a great example. We have teams of locally trained lawyers who are now leading on cases of huge national significance, and as a business we look to inspire and train the next generation of lawyers through work experience, apprenticeships and training.  

“The key for our local firms is to keep investing in and developing local talent, and to give them the opportunities of enjoying a career in law, which can be so rewarding.”


Access to justice a key priority 

Michelle has excelled in her own clinical negligence case work over the past 12 months, securing a damages settlement totaling more than £13 million in lump sum and periodical payments for one of her clients. The case related to a delay in diagnosis and treatment which was highly complex both medically and legally. 

As the new figurehead of Hull Incorporated Law Society, she will help shape its direction over the coming 12 months, with a focus on enhancing the reputation of solicitors, barristers, and legal professionals across the region and promoting continuous learning among members. 

In the role she is also able to lobby for legal reforms, advocate for access to justice, address issues affecting the legal community and urged to collaborate with other legal bodies, government agencies, and stakeholders to promote positive changes. 

“The roles and responsibilities of president very much mirror what we do day to day at Hudgells, given that we are committed as a firm to making justice accessible to all, and that we often campaign for change alongside partners and charities,” Michelle added. 

“I’m very much looking forward to the 12 months ahead. It’s going to be a period of further change, and  some new challenges for all involved in the legal sector, so to be part of a collective voice for our sector is something I am immensely proud of.” 


Image: Provided by Hudgell Solicitors. 
Emma Cockings
Emma is the content editor for Yorkshire Legal News. Emma is an experienced writer with a background in client-centric personal injury law for a major firm. She has attended and reported on numerous high-profile legal events in Yorkshire.