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Helicopter crews claim ‘exhaust fumes caused their cancer’ as they sue MOD

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is accused of knowingly exposing service personnel to cancer-causing chemicals for almost 20 years. Crew members who served on helicopters…

By Jennifer Ellis
BBK Manifesto: Making courtrooms more accessible and safe

In 2020 we conducted research into the accessibility of Britian’s civil and criminal courthouses and the results were shaming. In our research we used 11…

By Jonathan Wheeler
BBK Manifesto: Stop the delays in our justice system

Our justice system is creaking under the weight of the severe backlog of cases affecting criminal, civil and coroners’ courts. This poses a severe threat…

By Jennifer Ellis
BBK Manifesto: Revamp the Service Complaints process

The Service Complaints process is still not truly independent and needs updating to build trust among personnel, BBK believes. We have spoken to thousands of…

By Ahmed Al-Nahhas
BBK Manifesto: Change the sexual trauma jurisdiction

If you are a Service person you are less likely to get justice where you have been the victim of a sexual crime, so we…

By Claire Withey
BBK Manifesto: Criminalise sexual relationships between trainees and commanding officers

During his time as Defence Secretary, the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, promised to criminalise sexual relationships between trainees and commanding officers. He expressed this…

By Hannah Swarbrick
BBK’s Manifesto for Injured People #ChampioningChange

Over the last eight months, we have been working on Bolt Burdon Kemp’s Manifesto for Injured People. At BBK we are passionate about supporting injured…

By Jonathan Wheeler
MOD delays in bullying and harassment probe like ‘a second injury’

A Royal Navy whistleblower who claims she suffered sexual harassment and abuse onboard a UK nuclear submarine is still waiting for results of an investigation…

By Marie-Joelle Theanne
The MOD’s recruitment crisis: What is going on?

UK troop numbers have plummeted to the lowest levels since the early 1800s after a 32% decline in recruits, new MOD data has revealed. All…

By Marie-Joelle Theanne
Five years is too long to wait for safety changes after marine dies in training

As 20,000 British troops take part in Nato’s largest military exercise since the Cold War, I’ve been thinking about the need to improve safety during…

By Anastasia Bromhead
Going from bad to worse: The ever-increasing problem of harassment in the Armed Forces

Fresh evidence has emerged that harassment in the Armed Forces, particularly sexual harassment, is on the rise after 15 service personnel reported misconduct since January.…

By Claire Withey
Soaring inquest delays are devastating families and jeopardising evidence – we need an urgent plan

The UK’s current coronial system is plagued with delay and is consequently failing to provide adequate support to bereaved families. The outcome of inquest investigations…

By Jennifer Ellis
Op COURAGE – The NHS service supporting veteran’s mental health

The holidays can often be a difficult time for Service personnel who may struggle with their mental health. I wanted to raise awareness about one…

By Phoebe Newell
Op RESTORE – Tailored NHS treatment for veterans with physical injuries

At this time of year, I often think about my clients who may be struggling with their rehabilitation. I wanted to raise awareness about one…

By Phoebe Newell
How Non-Freezing Cold Injuries (NFCI) can impact military personnel far beyond a cold snap

With Christmas just around the corner, the weather is getting colder. For a number of military personnel, this change causes a significant amount of anxiety…

By Cameron Upton
The rise in missed opportunities related to mental health and self harm

At Bolt Burdon Kemp we have noticed a rise in cases and enquiries to the Military Claims team, related to missed opportunities in diagnosing and…

By Marie-Joelle Theanne
Remembrance Day and support for veterans

Lest we forget – On Saturday, 11th November 2023, the nation commemorated Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day. As the nation remembers those who…

By Marie-Joelle Theanne
Non-Freezing Cold Injury vs Raynaud’s Syndrome

With the temperature dropping across the U.K. as we enter the winter months, it can be a very challenging time for service personnel and veterans…

By Marie-Joelle Theanne
The “Warrior Mentality” and the impact on service personnel in accessing medical help

The Military exists in a culture of toughness, where an individual’s strength, resilience and perseverance are rewarded by being promoted through the ranks. This culture…

By Emily White
UK Armed Forces Statistics – Death on training

New statistics reveal that 5% of all deaths in the UK Armed Forces occurred whilst on training and exercise. The statistics published by the MOD…

By Marie-Joelle Theanne

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