Philippa Tuckman

Military Claims

A fantastic partner”, “Tactically astute” - Legal 500 2013

Philippa heads the Military Claims Department at Bolt Burdon Kemp and has been a partner since 2011.

In the course of her career she has recovered damages totalling millions of pounds for clients injured through the negligence of doctors, employers and public authorities and has represented victims of serious crime.

Philippa has pioneered original approaches to securing compensation for her clients from the Army, Navy and Air Force who have been injured in action or training as well as by military and civilian health professionals.

She is a respected expert in litigation involving accidents such as shooting range death and non-freezing cold injury, and in military medical negligence claims arising from the treatment of complex and unusual conditions including post traumatic stress disorder and compartment syndrome.

Philippa is regularly asked to comment on military issues in broadcast media such as Sky News, Radio 4 World at One and Radio 5Live. She is frequently quoted in national international newspapers. She has also written for a number, including the Journal of Personal Injury Law, Independent, Guardian, Spectator and Huffington Post.

Media contributions and commentary

Trench Foot Gone but not Forgotten: Non-Freezing Cold Injuries in a Military Context: Journal of Personal Injury Law Issue 3 2013

The Ministry of Defence is running out of excuses for soldier deaths during training exercises

Service Personnel Deserve Fair Treatment in All Areas of Life

Soldiers’ right to protection remains, and so it should

Slurs Must Not Stop Injured Military Personnel Claiming Their Due

Reported cases

R (Gurung, Purja and Shrestha) v Ministry of Defence [2008] EWHC 1496.

R (Lynda Anne Soper) v Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel [2002] EWCA Civ1803.

Professional memberships

  • Forces Law: Chair 2014-15
  • Forces Law: Vice Chair 2013-14
  • Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers: Senior Litigator
  • Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
  • "I would like to thank Bolt Burdon and Kemp solicitors for representing me in this case. In particular I wish to thank Philippa Tuckman and Vicki Reid for all the hard work put into my case. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly someone was assigned to my military claim and also by how I was kept regularly updated by…

    Olly Former member of HM Armed Forces (Army) Military Claims

  • “I approached Bolt Burdon Kemp with a very personal, intricate and difficult clinical negligence claim against the NHS, one that involved a great deal of detail, personal trauma and uncertainty. Philippa Tuckman handled my case. I can not speak highly enough of Philippa's professionalism, attention to detail, care and support during several years of legal action, exasperated by the nature of…

    A D Medical Negligence Client

  • "Keep up the good work for our soldiers."

    Anonymous Military Claims

  • "I served our Queen and country in the Brigade of Gurkhas, completing 17 years of loyal and dedicated service. My cause of leaving was ceasing to fulfil Army medical requirements, that is, becoming permanently medically unfit for any form of army service. After being medically discharged from the British Army in 2006 I felt totally stranded with no support from…

    Anonymous Military Claims

  • "From the very first meeting with my solicitor, Philippa Tuckman, I noticed what a professional outfit Bolt Burdon Kemp were. I had never had any dealings with people like this before because of my military background, so was quite nervous about what to expect, but I soon felt very positive that they were doing everything and more they could do…

    Chris Geraghty

  • "Philippa, I have nothing but praise for you and your team. I do honestly feel like your only client as your team's professional conduct is outstanding and you can quote me on that."

    John Scott

  • "Having served 17 years in the military I was faced with a medical discharge after being injured. What should have been an easy process was proving to be very difficult and I needed help. Like most I searched the internet until I found Bolt Burdon Kemp. At the first meeting I was on edge. Not just because of the mental…

    Anonymous Military Client

  • "I would like to thank you for all your excellent assistance in my case. I always felt you had a personal interest in my case and after the 5 long years it made all the difference…"

    Anonymous Military Claims

  • “I suffered from an NFCI as a result of negligence and was discharged from the Army. I was left confused and helpless so I resorted to researching a law firm for assistance and after reading various success stories posted on the firm’s website, I walked into the office where I met Philippa Tuckman. She listened to my experience and sacrificed…

    Anonymous Military Negligence

  • "This letter should be regarded as appreciation of the services rendered by Bolt Burdon and Kemp solicitors of Islington, London. In particular, the services provided by Philippa Tuckman and Tracy Smith. My case that is still ongoing was referred by the Royal British Legion in 2007. The prompt response and allocation of my solicitor Philippa Tuckman was seamless and timely.…

    Anonymous Military claims