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Abuse Claims for Children and Adults

Abuse is an incredibly sensitive and difficult topic to talk about. For anyone who suffered abuse as a child or an adult, its effects can be so hard to overcome. Physical scars can heal over time – but emotional scars can stay with a victim for years to come. But we believe that justice should be within reach for survivors of abuse. And that is where our abuse claims solicitors can help.

Abuse is when an individual causes significant harm or distress to another. It can take the form of physical violence, sexual assault, emotional, mental and online abuse. But it can also be the intimidation, manipulation and loss of self-esteem that survivors suffer. We appreciate how immensely hard it is for someone to come to terms with what happened. Our team want to help make sure abusers and the organisations who facilitated them, face justice – which can play a part in a survivor’s healing.

Find out how we can help. Contact one of our sexual abuse solicitors – or our wider adult and child abuse teams – for a confidential, no-obligation chat.
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What is an Abuse Claim?

If you are the survivor of abuse, it is not unusual to feel scared or powerless. But it is important to know that you are not alone. At Bolt Burdon Kemp, our specialist abuse claims solicitors are here to help you get the justice you deserve. We support survivors of abuse who decide to make a claim for compensation against those who caused them harm – no matter what form that harm took.

Our abuse solicitors have extensive experience in claims involving:

Child abuse: This is any action committed by an adult or child that causes significant harm to a young person under the age of 18. We are one of the UK’s largest teams of specialist child abuse solicitors. We will support you in seeking justice for the wrongs you have suffered.

Adult abuse: This is when another individual uses power or control over a person to cause them significant harm or distress. There are many different types adult abuse of – such as physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse. It can also include neglect or exploitation.

Are you seeking help on behalf of yourself or someone you know? We have highly trained abuse compensation solicitors who can support your claim. We appreciate this process can be overwhelming. So, we’ll make sure every step along the way is handled with sensitivity, empathy and compassion.


Meet our Abuse Claims team

Watch the video below to hear from our specialist abuse claims solicitors about their experiences of representing survivors of abuse and situations where they have made a difference.

Survivors’ Stories

Watch the testimonies of five child abuse survivors in a short film that seeks to inform and empower others who may have endured similar abuse. Disclosing your suffering is never easy but our contributors hope that their stories will inspire others to come forward and disclose their abuse to the police.

Child Abuse

We are one of the country’s largest teams of specialist child abuse lawyers. We will support you in seeking justice and treatment for the wrongs you have suffered, even if that means changing the law.

Adult Abuse

We understand how immensely difficult it can be to, firstly, come to terms with what has happened and, secondly, to take the necessary actions to seek justice for the crime.

Online Abuse and Image Based Abuse

Online abuse is on the increase. So what is it, what support is available, and how can we help you get justice?

Why choose Bolt Burdon Kemp?

Specialist abuse claims solicitors

Our team can offer significant expertise and knowledge to victims of abuse who are looking for justice. We have a proven record of success when it comes to supporting our clients and their abuse claims. And we are here to fight for you too.

No win, no fee

The cost of making a claim should never stand in the way of achieving the justice you deserve. That is why Bolt Burdon Kemp’s abuse solicitors may be able to act for you on a “no win, no fee” basis. If you are unsuccessful, there is nothing to pay.

Get the support services you need

To help you rebuild and recover, we can put you in touch with our partner organisations around the UK. We also offer an early therapy funding initiative to ensure that you get the support you need at the earliest opportunity.


Complete nationwide coverage

We represent survivors of abuse which took place anywhere in England or Wales. We will travel to see you at a place of your choosing if you instruct us to support your physical or emotional abuse claim.

Highly recommended

We have been recognised for our abuse claims expertise in two independent guides – Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

In The Legal 500, we are regarded as being “Very much a premier firm in the area of child abuse compensation claims“.

Former pupil of Clifton College secures £200,000 damages settlement

Bolt Burdon Kemp recently secured a £200,000 settlement on behalf of our client who was sexually abused by a teacher at Clifton College.

Our client was a pupil at Clifton College Preparatory School and Clifton College Upper School in the late 1980s. Whilst at the Preparatory School, our client’s teacher ‘groomed’ him by singling him out for special treatment and praise and would make our client sit on his knee during school lessons. When our client graduated to the Clifton College Upper School, the teacher would invite him to his house and from there, he repeatedly sexually abused our client over a period of four years. When our client left Clifton College to attend another school, the teacher maintained his contact with him and continued to abuse him.

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Meet our Abuse Claims Team

Rebecca Sheriff
Partner – Part of the Abuse Claims Team
Siobhán Crawford
Senior Associate – Part of the Abuse Claims Team
Abbie Hickson
Senior Associate – Part of the Abuse Claims Team
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