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Kate's dress designer wins £200,000 from iconic acting school Rada after horror lift fall shattered his legs


  • Former model Hector Maclean, 26, launched legal action against Rada, London 
  • He made dresses for Beulah, fashion brand loved by Duchess of Cambridge
  • He may never walk again after lift fell and shattered his legs at acting school 


  • Hector Maclean, 26, launched legal action against Rada after suffering the life-changing accident three years ago in the Central London building
  • Now Rada — alma mater of generations of thespians from Sir John Gielgud to Sir Kenneth Branagh, its current president — confirms it has agreed to an out-of-court settlement, shortly after Maclean’s lawyer issued a writ demanding damages of more than £200,000.
  • The new development comes after Rada was fined £12,000 in June 2015 after admitting breaching health and safety regulations at the building in Fitzrovia. 
    Maclean said at the time that his career, which was off to a successful start as he was already designing for royalty and collaborating with Dame Vivienne Westwood, had been ‘left in tatters’ after he leaned against a set of metal double doors and plunged on to the concrete floor, breaking his legs.

  • He made dresses for Beulah, an ethical fashion brand loved by the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured above wearing one of their dresses on a trip) 

  • He spent 17 days in hospital, where titanium implants were inserted in his legs.
    Significant physiotherapy and rehabilitative treatment followed.
    While Rada admitted breaching health-and-safety regulations, as well as liability for the accident, it did not accept Maclean’s claim for damages initially.
    Maclean was forced to point out he suffers pain when walking or standing for protracted periods, and had been unable to take a master’s degree in fashion at Central Saint Martins College, as he had planned in the year of the accident.
    At least now, the battle has finally ended. ‘Rada wishes Mr Maclean all the best in his future endeavours,’ an academy spokesperson tells me.


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