We are proud of our achievements and have worked hard to gain some of the most prestigious awards and standards in the legal profession. To provide the highest quality of client care, we subject ourselves to rigorous external audits. In addition, we have maintained a consistently high rating in both Chambers and the Legal 500, two of the legal profession’s own benchmarks for excellence, which are re-assessed every year.
Lexcel is the Law Society’s international practice management standard. It is a scheme for any type of practice to certify that certain standards have been met following independent assessment.
The Lexcel practice management standard is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards. Lexcel accredited practices undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.
The Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme
The Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme covers all work undertaken by solicitors and suitably qualified Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX) arising out of any act of negligence, breach of contract and/or statutory duty as a result of which the victim has sustained injuries in the course of medical or dental care.
Members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of clinical negligence.
The Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme
The Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme covers all work undertaken by solicitors and suitably qualified Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX) on behalf of victims and their dependants arising out of any alleged act of negligence or breach of statutory duty as a result of which the victim has sustained personal injuries or fatal injuries.
Members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of personal injury.
THE LEGAL 500 2022 – INDEPENDENT GUIDE TO RECOMMENDED LAW FIRMS
Bolt Burdon Kemp have been listed as one of the Top 20 specialist law firms in London, based on their client service offering, in a large-scale survey undertaken by the Legal 500. The survey found that boutique firms were providing clients with better service than much larger, well-known, firms. The Legal 500 said their “data provides hard evidence that smaller specialists are doing a better job of giving clients what they actually want.” Bolt Burdon Kemp is recommended in the Legal 500 for:
Bolt Burdon Kemp is noted for handling complex brain and spinal injury cases and is particularly known for its niche military claims specialism. Our personal injury teams attract praise for being a ‘dedicated and highly specialised’ group of solicitors with ‘fantastic expertise’ and ‘significant experience’. They say our ‘excellent clinical negligence team’ have ‘a superb level of technical knowledge’ and act with ‘total dedication to every client’. We attract praise for the great work we do within specialist departments such as military claims, which focuses on the needs of ex-service personnel and the provision of mental health care within the armed forces. Our child brain injury team is described as ‘first-class’ and ‘full of talented, committed and experienced individuals who put 110% into every case.’
Ahmed Al-Nahhas‘knows military law backwards and leaves no stone unturned in fighting for his clients, but in an impressively suave and relaxed way’.
Joshua Hughes – ‘for orthopaedic injuries Joshua Hughes is an important name to note’.
Ahmed Al-Nahhas has been listed as a next generation partner as well as a key lawyer within the personal injury sector.
David McClenaghan, Cheryl Abrahams, Joshua Hughes and Suzanne Trask are all listed as key lawyers within the personal injury sector.
Jo Chapman, Claudia Hillemand, Alex Dabek and Suzanne Trask are all listed as key lawyers within the clinical negligence sector.
Chambers & Partners – Guide to the world’s best lawyers 2021
Bolt Burdon Kemp is recommended by Chambers & Partners 2021 for “its advice to claimants in an array of serious injury cases. Maintains a particularly healthy reputation for its expertise in handling military claims as well as historic child sex abuse cases. Also has a growing practice in cases concerning traumatic brain and spinal injuries in children.”
Jonathan Wheeler works primarily on child abuse cases, routinely assisting both adults and children in bringing actions for historic abuse. He is also active in a wide range of personal injury claims, including those arising out of RTAs. He is often involved in high-profile matters.
Caroline Klage is the head of the firm’s child brain injury department. She has considerable experience in acting on behalf of mothers and children in relation to injuries sustained during birth, particularly brain damage and cerebral palsy cases.
CHAMBERS & PARTNERS UK Costs Lawyers rankings
The firm’s Costs team have been ranked in Tier 2 of the Chambers and Partners 2020 K Costs Lawyers rankings, which forms part of their UK-wide Litigation Support guide. One interviewee said ‘they are among the very best and are passionate about costs. They have had the opportunity of developing costs law through their caseload – I consider their work to be very valuable and of an incredibly high standard’.
Sam Hayman is recognised as a leading individual in the field and provides ‘user-friendly, responsive and knowledgeable service’.
Headway is a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. It has branches and groups nationwide, providing support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers.
We are listed in the Headway Head Injury Solicitors Directory 2020. In order to be included in this directory we have been thoroughly assessed on our expertise in the field of brain injury and our commitment to this area of work. We support Headway’s work across a number of their branches in the South East and London.
Many of our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Military and Child Abuse lawyers are accredited by Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. An Accredited Specialist is a person who has achieved APIL Senior Litigator status or higher and has demonstrated further competence in their specialist field.
He or she is able to manage and progress a claim so as to establish, assert and enforce, in an effective and efficient manner, the rights of a client damaged or disadvantaged by negligence. He or she is competent to take, without supervision, key decisions on accepting cases, assessing risks, evaluating offers and issuing proceedings.
Action for the Victims of Medical Accidents (AvMA) is a registered charity supporting people affected by avoidable harm in healthcare; helping achieve justice for them and advocating for better patient safety. As members of AvMA’s Lawyer’s Service, we have access to a range of specialist services and benefits for solicitors who work in the field of clinical negligence including their panel of medical experts and cutting edge training.
Brain Injury Group
The Brain Injury Group (BIG) provides a network of dedicated brain injury lawyers & professionals. They offer a gateway to information, support & advice for brain injured people & their families by giving access to a complete package of support specialist services.
As members of BIG, we have been thoroughly assessed on our expertise in the field of brain injury and are recognised as experts in our field. Having helped numerous individuals and families, we continue our work with BIG to help improve the lives of brain injured people.
United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) was created to promote a better understanding of acquired brain injury in adults and children. UKABIF promotes education, information and provides networking opportunities for professionals, service providers, planners and policy makers, campaigning for better services in the UK.
We are members of UKABIF and listed as one of their Approved Lawyers. In order to become an Approved Lawyer, members will have been assessed to show their high level of understanding of the affects of an acquired brain injury and have demonstrated their skill obtaining compensation for their clients.
The Times Top 200 Law Firm
Bolt Burdon Kemp is ranked as one of The Times Best Law Firms 2021 for personal injury and clinical negligence law in England and Wales. The list consists of 200 firms, solely chosen by solicitors based on the high standard of work and contribution of each firms to their area of practice.
The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) is an association set up for the benefit of victims, lawyers, experts and other professionals involved in the field of obtaining compensation for the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and adults abused in childhood. ACAL was set up by the leading solicitors in this field and has expanded over the years to include solicitors, barristers, legal executives, trainees, pupils, expert, and paralegals.ACAL is committed to the improvement of standards amongst personal injury lawyers involved in these types of compensation claim. David McClenaghan and Rebecca Sheriff have both been appointed to the Legal Panel.
Birthrights champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights. They provide advice and information on legal rights, train doctors and midwives, and campaign to change maternity policy and systems. We are one of their legal partners and are proud to support their work.
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