Explore our major campaigns, investigations and analysis on important topics related to the work we do at Bolt Burdon Kemp. Many of our campaigns gain substantial news coverage and show how we’re influencing the national conversations on topics such as child abuse, spinal injury and medical negligence.
Diversity and the Law
Diversity is important in any organisation, but the legal industry in particular needs to reflect the society they represent. We consulted a variety of sources to find out how the legal profession is faring in terms of equal representation of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and mental health.
Unequal Access to Justice: interactive walkthrough of a typical British courthouse
Have a court hearing scheduled? Your legal team will be happy to answer any specific questions, but we’ve also provided this interactive walkthrough of a typical British courthouse. It takes you through every stage of attending a hearing, and also provides insight into what to do if you have any accessibility needs, so you can be fully prepared when the time comes.
Modern slavery permeates every industry worldwide – here’s how to fight it
No one should suffer under exploitative, inhumane and unfair work conditions. Unfortunately, modern slavery permeates every industry worldwide – from fashion and food to manufacturing and distribution. We looked at the modern slavery industry in the UK to find out how we can all do our part to help stop the crime.
Only 2% of Britain’s civil and criminal courthouses are fully accessible
Courthouses need to be accessible to everyone to ensure justice is available to all. However, our recent research has found that only 2% of courthouses across England, Scotland and Wales are fully accessible. Whether you’re a wheelchair user, have issues with your hearing or sight, or have hidden disabilities, you should be able to trust that you won’t be disadvantaged by the way the court is set up. Find out where it’s falling short.
Poor knowledge of cancers could be leading to dangerous medical consequences
Cancer accounts for more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK – however, being diagnosed at the earliest stages can result in a successful recovery. For this, doctors rely on patients being able to identify the signs and take action quickly. And yet, our new proprietary study has found that 88% of Brits can’t correctly identify symptoms of cancer. Read on to find out where else Brits lack important (and basic) knowledge about this deadly disease.
Almost three quarters of military charities say the government needs to do more for veterans
Despite recent renewed efforts by the government and the Ministry of Defence, military veterans are not getting the full support they need to adapt to life after service. This is the overwhelming consensus from the military charities we interviewed via our 2020 Military Charity Barometer. Read on to view all the findings from our UK-wide survey created in partnership with Veterans Lifeline.
Listen better: why society tends to blame victims of abuse
When we hear that someone has been abused, our sympathies should be with the survivor. But, all too often – and especially when celebrities are the accused – many will defend the perpetrator and try to place blame on the survivor. In this exploration of six high-profile cases of abuse, and the #MeToo movement, we ask: why are people so quick to ‘blame the victim’?
Access To SEN Education UK
If you have a child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEN or SEND) or are simply interested in SEN education, you’ve probably realised there’s a lot of information out there. But, while official facts and figures are available, wading through different guidelines, statistics and reports can be time consuming and confusing. So, we’ve mapped out a few key pieces of information.
Womens Health Hub
Women’s reproductive health is a key component of a robust, productive society. So why is it so grossly neglected? With the help of consultant gynaecologist Dr Anne Henderson and a survey of British residents, we explore the financial, emotional and social realities of women’s reproductive health.
Lack of knowledge within SMEs is slowing down progress in disability employment
Over 99% of all businesses in the UK are SMEs (small-to-medium enterprises). Yet, we found that 95% of SME owners don’t know about the protections granted to disabled workers, which might explain why only half of people with disabilities are employed in the UK. Click through for the results of our proprietary study on SME owners’ knowledge and uptake of the Equality Act 2010.
Going the Extra Mile
We tested London’s public transport network to find out how well it caters for people in wheelchairs. Unfortunately, our results suggest wheelchair users often need to go the extra mile when commuting in London. Click through to learn more.
Cerebral Palsy Advice for Parents
Learning your child has cerebral palsy can be overwhelming. We created the Cerebral Palsy Advice Hub to try to answer some of the questions you might have. Read our informative articles helmed by experts in the field, covering the facts of the condition itself, life with cerebral palsy, and where to get help and support.
Crisis Point: A Day in A&E
Every year, the NHS winter crisis makes the headlines. But the truth is, A&E departments are immensely busy all year round. To showcase the difficulties of keeping one of the busiest NHS departments running smoothly, we’ve created an interactive challenge that puts you in the heart of A&E.
"Revenge porn" ruins lives Call it what it is: sexual abuse
In this expert Q&A video series, we answer your questions about “revenge porn”, the nuances in the law, and the impact on victims.
Lost Heroines – when sexual harassment hits the military
In 2018, all British Armed Forces roles will finally be open to women. But as recent events have made clear, women still face inequality at work. The military is no different. In this feature we explore the heroic achievements of armed forces women and the workplace threats they've had to overcome.
Map reveals the extent of Scout leaders’ child sex offences
Discover the true extent of the Scouts abuse scandal with our interactive map. Explore Scout leader convictions by name, area or associated Scout group, and discover information on each case.
Top 10 most significant advances in spinal injury repair
We take an in-depth look into the most significant advances in spinal injury repair, to find out what the future holds for those with these life-changing injuries.
Trust me I’m a doctor? The rise in misdiagnosis claims
In 2016/2017, the NHS paid out £1.024 billion for wrong, delayed and missed diagnoses. We explore the facts and figures behind the alarming rise in misdiagnosis claims.
Has Britain learned its lessons from the Falklands War?
More than 20 years on from the Falklands War, the MoD still isn’t doing enough to protect servicemen from cold injuries. We explore the devastating effects of cold injuries, both then and now.
How to Keep your Brain Healthy
Looking for ways to keep your brain fighting fit? Discover the latest scientific research, and try these expert tips from a nutritional therapist, music therapist and yoga teacher.
Accessible Travel and Spinal Injury
Travelling abroad for the first time after you have suffered a spinal injury can be a daunting prospect. Here, Bolt Burdon Kemp's Spinal Injury team gives advice on planning an accessible holiday.
Brain Injury in the Workplace
Explore our expert guide for managers, employers and HR professionals, on how to support an employee returning to work after a brain injury.
Sexting: Child Abuse in the Digital Age
Sexting is often dismissed by teenagers as a harmless part of modern dating. But it can open the floodgates to a new form of child abuse. Learn about our campaign to raise awareness around this hidden issue.
Reproductive Cancer Guide - Promoting Early Diagnosis
Our interactive tool enables you to explore the signs and symptoms of reproductive cancers, explaining symptoms to look out for and what to do if you have concerns.