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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 and one of our team will get in touch with you.

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Skin cancer – a red flag

A recent study by Which? hit the headlines recently for finding that two sun tan lotions offered only two-thirds of the skin protection they should. Both brands dispute the allegations and have advised consumers that their products have undergone rigorous testing and do provide the level of protection advertised.


The purpose of the study was to check that sun creams were providing the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) that they were claiming. Sun cream protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB radiation, both of which have been linked to skin cancer. The study raises the wider issue of sun protection and how it is used.

A survey by the British Association of Dermatologists revealed that 72% of us admitted to getting sunburnt last year. In fact the risk of developing the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, is more than doubled in people with a history of sunburn.

Worryingly, up to 81% of people surveyed also felt unable to identify signs of skin cancer with 96% failing to check their skin the recommended once a month. In order to help spot the signs of skin cancer the acronym ABCDE has been created:

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The number of skin cancer cases in the UK has been increasing since the 1960s with the rise of cheap overseas holidays being held responsible. It is estimated that over 263,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. In a society where cancer awareness is so prevalent it is surprising that so many people fail to recognise the long-term damage that the sun can do.

Charlotte Proby, Chair of the British Association of Dermatologists’ Skin Cancer Prevention Committee has summarised the situation perfectly: “Many people in the UK are aware of the dangers; however, this has yet to translate into a culture of sun protection and skin checking which would do a lot to curb the incidence and deaths from this disease.”

The link between sun exposure and skin cancer is widely known and yet a candid attitude towards sun protection remains.

Unfortunately, even after identifying worrying symptoms and meeting with their doctor to discuss them, some patients don’t receive appropriate treatment. Our skin cancer misdiagnosis page gives more information about when medical negligence can occur in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.

I am a Partner at Bolt Burdon Kemp specialising in medical negligence claims. If you or a loved one are concerned about the treatment you have received, contact me free of charge and in confidence on 020 7288 4834 or at for specialist legal advice. Alternatively, you can complete this form and one of the solicitors in the Medical Negligence team will contact you. You can find out more about the team here.

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