By: 24 January 2024
Hudgell Solicitors colleagues gain APIL accolades

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has granted ‘specialist’ accreditations to two experienced members of Hudgell Solicitorsclinical negligence team, recognising their industry-leading expertise.

Elizabeth Maliakal and Matthew Gascoyne each already had APIL senior litigator status. This recognises their competence and ability to identify liability, assess and self-manage clinical negligence cases through all stages of litigation, and to lead and supervise the work of other lawyers.

Securing APIL clinical negligence ‘specialist’ accreditation required demonstration of further legal competence in making key decisions, including assessing and accepting cases, evaluating compensation offers and issuing court proceedings.

Assessors considered portfolios of work led by both Matthew and Elizabeth. APIL considered how well cases had been managed and progressed over a number of years.

Both also had to discuss their case portfolios with appointed APIL assessors.

Elizabeth joined Hudgells in 2020 and boasts more than 20 years’ experience. She runs high-value cases and represents clients who have suffered serious injuries from medical accidents.

She often handles complex cases, earning a reputation for conducting detailed and thorough investigations. This helps her clients understand what happened to them and why.

The leading Legal 500 directory recommends her as “a highly-experienced and respected clinical negligence solicitor.”

Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and has worked at Hudgells since 2022.

His work focuses on supporting people who have suffered severe and serious injuries due to clinical negligence, leaving them with complex needs. He has particular interest in cases involving brain injuries due to medical accidents, delays in diagnosis of cancer, and surgical errors.

Rachel Di Clemente, chief executive of Hudgell Solicitors, said: “These accreditations for Matthew and Elizabeth are richly deserved. They are both fiercely committed to their work and fantastic mentors to their colleagues.”


Image: Elizabeth Maliakal and Matthew Gascoyne from Hudgell Solicitors
Emma Cockings
Emma is a junior editor for Claims Media.