Amanda Stevens

Amanda’s working career commenced as a manager in the National Health Service and she
 qualified as a member of the Institute of Health Services Management in the 1980’s.  Subsequently moving into the law, she became a solicitor in September 1990 and rose through the ranks to become partner in charge of Charles Russell’s personal injury and clinical negligence group.  She joined the partnership of Irwin Mitchell in July 2010, based in their London office, with responsibility for a large team specialising in medical law and serious injury. In 2016 Amanda was appointed Group Head of Legal Practice at niche injury specialist law firm, Hudgell Solicitors.

Amanda was president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers in 2008/2009.  She is  an APIL fellow and honorary life member. Amanda is also an assessor for APIL’s specialist brain injury and clinical negligence accreditation schemes as well as a Law Society panel member of their personal injury and clinical negligence accreditation schemes.

For a number of years she has been an APIL “Rehab Champion”. She was a founding member and Director of the UK Rehabilitation Council and has been closely involved with updating the national Rehabilitation Code in 2007 and 2015 and is leading the review group considering Code updates in 2016.She was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement” award in 2016 by Rehabilitation First for her contribution to rehabilitation services within the litigation arena.

Amanda’s other professional memberships are:

  • Advisory Council of Trust Mediation (not for profit dispute resolution service)
  • Clinical Disputes Forum
  • Expert Witness Institute (on Board of Governors)
  • International Underwriting Association/Association of British Insurers Working Group on Rehabilitation.
  • Serious Injury Guide Review Body
  • City of London Solicitors’ Company ( Liveryman) . 

Amanda is a regular contributor at national conferences and in the press.  She has assisted in drafting numerous briefing papers to MP’s and the Lords as well as serving on the Civil Procedure Rules Committee for six years until 2015, a busy era due to implementation of the Jackson reforms. She currently chairs the sub-committee responsible for drafting illustrative Rules for the upcoming Government consultation on introducing fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence .

Amanda was appointed by the Lord Chief Justice to the judicial role of Deputy Master in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in 2015.