Abbie Hickson

Abbie is an Associate Solicitor at Bolt Burdon Kemp.  She qualified in May 2008 and has been with the firm since July 2011.

Abbie specialises in representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse in claims for compensation against numerous defendants including the abuser themselves, religious organisations, the Scouts Association, schools and social services.  She has represented clients who have suffered neglect in childhood in claims against local authorities on the grounds that social services negligently failed to remove them at an earlier age.

Abbie represents adults who have suffered sexual abuse and sexual assaults and those who have suffered criminal assaults, in claims for compensation.

Abbie is particularly passionate about exposing the extent of childhood sexual abuse within the Scout Association and has successfully produced an extensive database, which contains data relating to over 300 scout leaders, who have been convicted of sexual offences relating to children.

Abbie is a very experienced solicitor and a formidable opponent.  She strives to provide a service to her clients which goes above and beyond in all aspects, from her approach through to out of hours accessibility.  It is of utmost importance to Abbie that she offers all possible support to her clients throughout the legal process, so that they can trust her with their most sensitive information, feel listened to and valued and ultimately help them to move forwards with their lives once their claim has successfully concluded.

Abbie provides training on legal issues within abuse claims, such as the time limit for bringing claims and revenge porn.

Abbie read Law at Nottingham Law School.  Abbie then completed the Legal Practice course at the College of Law, where she was awarded a distinction.

Media Contributions

Professional memberships

  • Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • "Dear Abbie, I'd like to thank you for all the time and hard work you've put into my case. It has been a pleasure working with you and you have made the whole process pretty much effortless for me."


  • Abbie was outstanding.  She was caring, compassionate and kept me fully up to date.


  • Abbie was genuinely compassionate.  She always made herself available, she never rushed me and she always kept in touch. I found Abbie to be inspirational, supportive and a genuine role model.  Bolt Burdon Kemp were really motivated and engaged and I always felt that they had my best interests at heart.  I am so grateful to Abbie and the firm for how I was treated, I finally feel valued and important and consider myself a better person for going through this process with them.

    Michelle Kinneavy

  • The letter contained everything I had hoped for from this process and has allowed for an almost immediate feeling of freedom.  Thanks entirely to your support and intervention, I am able to move past the abuse and towards a more fulfilled life on my own terms and not a life of addiction in the dark, Abbie.  I'm not sure I have the words to express my deep thanks but I will live from now in the spirit that this opportunity has provided me.


  • Abbie was excellent.  I found her to be very responsive and she was always on hand to answer queries whilst being polite and pleasant.  She answered every one of my questions which is unusual in one person, in my experience.


  • Abbie Hickson has been outstanding in every way throughout my involvement with her. I found her to be always contactable and if not a very quick return call as soon as she became available, I have been treated sensitively and always kept informed at each stage of the way. Procedures have been explained in a way that was easier to understand.

    A Walters

  • Abbie, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to you for the way you handled my claim. Feeling believed, valued and informed is very much key to a sexual abuse survivor and you met all those needs wonderfully.

    Ms W

  • “Abbie you have worked so hard for me, I would recommend you to anyone. You have been brilliant. Thank you.”

    Stacey Oschman

  • Abbie was excellent, she was thorough, informative and helpful.  Selina in the costs team was also great at keeping me informed.

    Neil Selby

  • Abbie was absolutely brilliant.

    David Williams

  • My claim was forwarded to Abbie Hickson who guided me through the whole process; listening carefully to understand the circumstances surrounding the claim, offering genuine support to me and my family and ensuring that I was fully informed of what was involved at each stage of the process.

    Mrs L Child Abuse Client

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