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Covid-19 update: Business as usual at Bolt Burdon Kemp

Bolt Burdon Kemp continues to remain very much open for business. We are passionate about achieving life-changing results for our clients, providing excellent client care and ensuring you receive the support you need.

We continue to progress our clients’ existing cases and support new clients with their cases.

All of our wonderful people are successfully working from home. We have re-opened our office so that those who need to work in the office are able to do so, in a socially distanced and safe manner. 

Our strategy of working in teams continues to ensure there is always someone for you to talk to. We are using telephone and video-conferencing very effectively. A number of multi-million pound cases have settled since the virus outbreak, using these facilities.

We are determined more than ever that the wheels of justice will keep on turning.

Contact us on 020 7288 4800 or info@boltburdonkemp.co.uk and one of our team will get in touch with you.

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Abuse Claims

Who will pay my legal costs?

There are four main ways to fund a claim. Your solicitor will provide comprehensive advice on all the options available before we take on your case.

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Changes to the legal aid scheme came into force in April 2013 and as a result, legal aid is more difficult to obtain in child abuse compensation claims (although it is technically available).  A successful application will depend on your financial circumstances and we will let you know if we think it’s the best way to fund your case. The Legal Aid Agency recognises us as specialists in this area and have awarded BBK a franchise to undertake this work.

“No win, no fee”

We have a “no win, no fee” policy for all claims we take on. If your claim is unsuccessful, assuming that you stick to your obligations under our ‘conditional fee’ agreement, you will not have to pay a penny.

Throughout the life of your case, there will be nothing to pay if you work with us to progress your claim. We will fund all of the up-front costs, including court fees, fees for obtaining documents and other expenses.

If you are successful, the defendant will have to pay a contribution towards your legal costs (our fees for acting for you). We are allowed to charge a percentage success fee or bonus payment for the risk that we take in not getting paid if you lose your case, and to charge you for any fees not recovered from the defendant if you win. However we guarantee if we take on your case and you stick by your obligations under our agreement, the maximum deduction from your compensation will be 15% including VAT, all unrecovered costs and expenses and our success fee. This means we guarantee you at least 85% of your compensation.

You may have an insurance policy to pay the legal fees associated with making a claim, perhaps with your home insurance or as a benefit of credit card membership. You are not obliged to accept the law firm recommended by your insurer, as they may not be specialists in this area.

Private paying

For clients with no insurance, who do not qualify for legal aid and who do not wish to enter into a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, we can act on a private paying basis.

£200,000 awarded for local authority’s failure to protect a child

Bolt Burdon Kemp recently settled a claim for £200,000 on behalf of our client, Maureen Wood, against Staffordshire Council for their negligence in failing to protect her from serious abuse at the hands of her mother, brother and stepfather.

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