Jonathan was formerly head of both the personal injury and child abuse teams at Bolt Burdon Kemp, and has been a partner with the firm since 2003. In April 2017, he formally takes over as managing partner from Lynne Burdon.
Chambers & Partners (2016) writes: “Jonathan Wheeler is picked out by commentators for his “enthusiasm and verve” and is praised for his “huge knowledge of personal injury.” His practice centres around representing victims of child sex abuse.”
In 2006 Jonathan was named one of the ‘Hot 100’ lawyers of the year by The Lawyer magazine, recognising his campaigning work for survivors of child abuse, work which continues today. He is responsible for risk assessing all the personal injury and abuse claims handled by the firm.
In addition to his work at BBK, Jonathan is committed to the influential lobbying organisation the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Having held the post of co-ordinator of APIL’s Child Abuse Special Interest Group for 2 years, he has been a member of their national executive since 2008, and became a Fellow of the organisation in 2009. He was elected and served as APIL’s President in 2015-2016. Jonathan is also a member of FOCIS, the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors, ACAL, the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, and the Human Rights Lawyers Association, He sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Personal Injury Law, and is a founder member of the Law Society’s LGBT Division. He trains other lawyers, both in-house and externally, and is regularly asked to provide comment on topical issues for the national media. In 2014/15 he accepted a consultancy role with the BBC, advising on story-lines for a well known TV soap.
Fashade v North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust  5 CL 203 – at the time, the highest damages award for a nurse who developed asthma through exposure to the chemical glutaraldehyde (High Court, London)
Y v Wandsworth London Borough Council  1 WLR 2320 – established that a local authority is vicariously liable for the actions of one of its teachers abusing a child even where the abuse occurred off school premises (Court of Appeal).
A v Hoare & related appeals  1 AC 844 – landmark case which extended the time periods for bringing child abuse claims (House of Lords).
Pierce v Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council  1 FLR 1189 – first case where damages were awarded for a failure to retain a child in care by a local authority (Court of Appeal).
BJM v Eyre & others  All ER (D) 139 (Nov) – substantial damages awarded in case where child abducted and sold into prostitution (High Court, Leeds).