Zahra Awaiz-Bilal

Zahra is an Associate in the Personal Injury and Child Abuse team.

Zahra read Law at The London School of Economics before completing a Masters degree in Medical Law and Ethics at Queen Mary’s College, University of London, where she was awarded a distinction. Zahra completed the Legal Practice course at BPP Law School, where she was awarded a commendation.

Zahra specialises in representing survivors of child abuse in their claims against the Church, local authorities, education authorities, the Scout Association and other organisations as well as in claims directly against the abuser. She also represents victims of criminal assaults in their claims for compensation against numerous defendants as well as assisting them with their applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Zahra contributes to the legal press including a recent discussion of the importance of an apology in child abuse claims.

In addition to child abuse work, Zahra maintains a personal injury caseload acting for clients in road traffic accidents, employers’ liability and occupiers’ liability claims.

Zahra has been described by her clients as “an intelligent, efficient and genuine individual”.

Professional memberships

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
  • “Hi Zahra, I think I will struggle to put into words my gratitude to you. You have been amazing from the first minute of contact. The world is a much better place to have you in it. Your compassion, empathy, understanding and guidance means the world to me. Thank you so so much. You have a very special gift and you will help so many”.


  • “Zahra was incredible. She was attentive from start to finish, was always in contact and gave good advice whenever needed. She was brilliant.”

    Child Abuse client

  • "Zahra worked incredibly hard to ensure my expectations were met and kept me well informed with telephone calls and emails throughout the process of my claim. I was always kept in the loop and was made to feel that my input was important. I was always dealt with in a professional manner throughout and was made aware of time scales.…


  • Zahra has helped Paul from beginning to end in such a kind, caring and professional way and if I could I would sing her praises from the highest roof top


  • "Dear Zahra, I can't thank you enough for your continued support and determination. I couldn't have done it without you. I am very pleased with the outcome. All the best for the future."

    Claire Child Abuse client

  • "Now that my settlement has reached its closure with an offer that has resulted in my extreme satisfaction, I would like to take a minute to thank you. From day one you have worked so hard for me to get the settlement I felt I deserved and I was so impressed with the way you handled everything and always so very promptly. To put it bluntly, you are a masterful multi-tasker as I know I am not your only client. Thank you Zahra and your firm Bolt, Burdon and Kemp for all your hard work, expertise, endurance and compassion."

    Lorraine, Child Abuse client

  • “Zahra has been extremely supportive and understanding throughout the duration of my case. For the first time in my life I felt that I was being taken seriously and that gave me the strength and the courage to see my case through to the end. Zahra explained everything to me about what my case would involve and she was always on hand…


  • “Dear Zahra, thank you for your kindness and patience in dealing with my brother’s case. I know he feels justice has been done. We shall always be grateful to Bolt Burdon Kemp for taking on the case at a time when no-one else would become involved. Be assured of our gratitude for all the work you did”

    Child Abuse Client