Law firm acquires clinical negligence team following rival buy-out

Hull-headquartered law firm Hudgell Solicitors has further strengthened its position in the clinical negligence market after it agreed a deal to take on the entire department at HH Legal.

A nine-strong team of specialists will move to the firm, bringing with them a high value case load.

It follows HH’s acquisition of Yorkshire-based Heptonstalls Solicitors, which has offices in Goole and Pontefract, earlier this year.

The Shrewsbury-based practice has decided to focus on other areas of law, making the move a strategic fit for both.

Hudgell’s chief executive, Rachel Di Clemente, said she was delighted to welcome the “talented team of lawyers” to the firm, itself just recognised in the Times Best Law Firms 2021.

She told how Heptonstalls had supported people in clinical negligence cases for more than 30 years, developing a particularly experienced team in birth, spinal and brain injuries.

HH owners Shane Hensman and Dominic Weir are focusing on personal injury and industrial disease, and Mrs Di Clemente feels the move has proved perfect for both parties.

“This is a perfect acquisition for us at Hudgell Solicitors as we are taking on an established clinical negligence practice with many synergies to the work we do here at Hudgells,” she said.

“Crucially, we are adding yet more experienced and talented legal specialists to our team who come with a reputation of not only being very good at their jobs but also for providing excellent client care.

“Their addition will ensure we can expand our reach much further and represent more clients each year.

“This acquisition has worked well for both Hudgells and HH Group; we are both looking to grow in different areas of expertise and we have worked together to help each other move forward.

“In the current climate each and every law firm has to carefully assess its work areas and identify which are the most beneficial to them. In this case it was perfect timing for both us and the HH Group given their desire to move Heptonstalls out of the clinical negligence market.

“They know their clients are being transferred to a firm with a track record of taking over claims, ensuring a smooth transition for clients and providing a first class service to run them to settlement.”

Mrs Di Clements said the deal was able to be finalised within a short time frame due to acquisition experience and the “great work” of Jo Glass and Melloney Guiver at London-based Gunnercooke LLP on behalf of HH Legal.

BusinessLive – West Midlands

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