Bolt Burdon Kemp is recommended by Chambers & Partners 2024 for it’s dedication to ‘progressing complex and serious injury claims swiftly and tenaciously whilst providing the highest levels of client care. Direct access to solicitors and meetings at times and places to suit the client are standard features of the service. The approach is holistic, with interim payments being sought at an early stage to alleviate financial hardship and to enable clients to access the professional support and specialist targeted intervention they need at the very earliest opportunity.’
Jonathan Wheeler is cited as an Eminent Practitioner and is the Managing Partner at Bolt Burdon Kemp. In 2006 he 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 appeared alongside Sir Kier Starmer who was similarly honoured in the same issue! Jonathan went on to represent two claimants in the landmark House of Lords case A v Hoare & others (2008) changing the law to extend the time limits for anyone wishing to bring a child abuse claim. He now has an over-arching role developing and approving the strategy for all personal injury cases handled by the firm.
Caroline Klage is head of the birth and child brain injury department at Bolt Burdon Kemp, where she has been a partner since 2006.
Caroline specialises in cases involving child brain injury and has achieved strong results in a number of high value complex matters. She feels privileged to act exclusively for children who have sustained brain injury due to substandard medical treatment during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early years or as a result of a traumatic accident including road traffic accidents. Caroline relishes a challenge and has won a number of cases rejected by other firms on the grounds that they had poor prospects of success.
Suzanne Trask focuses her practice on complex adult brain injury claims, while also advising on cases involving surgical negligence and psychiatric care. She is cited as someone who is ‘exceptionally client-focused. She’s very experienced and achieves excellent results for her clients.’
Joanna Chapman is noted for her representation of children in acquired brain injury claims, such as those arising from obstetric negligence and delayed treatment. She is particularly noted for being ‘easy to work with and responds quickly to requests for more information.’
Cheryl Abrahams is a widely respected practitioner with extensive experience handling child brain injury claims. She is ‘always very clear about what is happening, offers great support and I really feel that she does put her all in and works with her clients’ best interests at heart.’
Ahmed Al-Nahhas heads the firm’s military claims team. He acts for military claimants in complex personal injury matters such as PTSD from training and serious accidents. He is particularly noted as ‘utterly professional and knows his field inside out. He works hard to stay current with the ever-changing policies in his field and is always two steps ahead in the process so I know what’s coming next.’
Victoria Oliver heads up the firm’s spinal injury team. She specialises in representing claimants who have suffered spinal injuries, especially cases arising from motor accidents. She is ‘happy to engage in further explanations and to gain deeper insight into the matters at stake and their circumstances. She is comfortable with communication at all stages’
Rhiannon Daniel specialises in spinal cord injury claims, whether they arise from RTAs, accidents in public liability spaces or at work, or surgical procedures. She also has expertise in claims on behalf of clients who have suffered from missed or delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome. She is particularly cited for her ‘compassion dealing with sensitive individuals and is able to give compassionate advice. She is efficient and acts on complex matters that are not straightforward.’
Costs Lawyers rankings
The firm’s Costs team have been ranked in Band 2 of the Chambers and Partners 2023 Costs Lawyers rankings, which forms part of their UK-wide Litigation Support guide. One interviewee said ‘Each individual within the team is sharp and keen to develop their knowledge base and advocacy skills.’
Sam Hayman is recognised as a leading individual in the field and ‘stands out for his ability and capacity to deal with technicalities and to engage with legal arguments’ and continues to say that: “He has good advocacy experience and likes to think outside the box.”