Claudia Hillemand

Claudia is a Partner in the Child Brain Injury team.

Claudia acts exclusively for children who have sustained a brain injury as a result of medical errors or accidents.

She has experience of severe and complex claims involving children with cerebral palsy who have sustained brain injuries at birth, as well as children who have suffered from conditions including stroke, meningitis, encephalitis and cerebral abscesses.

Claudia is passionate about securing compensation for children who have suffered injury as a result of negligence.  She has a particular interest in cases relating to birth injury.  Claudia has settled a number of cases involving severe brain injury.  Recent examples include:

  • Successfully acting for a child who suffered a catastrophic brain injury as a result of a hospital’s failure to treat their mother’s GBS infection.  Their case settled for £8 million, which will provide for their lifelong needs which include 24 hour nursing care, accommodation, equipment and therapy.
  • Acting in a claim involving the birth of a premature twin who went on to suffer a bleed on the brain (intraventricular haemorrhage) because medical staff did not give their mother steroids whilst pregnant.  Steroids would have strengthened our client’s lungs and also helped protect against a bleed on the brain.  The settlement is worth approximately £6 million and will ensure that the child’s lifelong care needs are met.  These include care, accommodation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and equipment.

In addition to her expertise in cases involving negligence, Claudia is an IPSEA-qualified special educational needs advisor and represents children and young people with Special Educational Needs arising from or connected to brain injuries.

Claudia has successfully challenged local authorities in the First Tier Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal in relation to the contents of Education and Health Care Plans and school placements.  In several cases she has fought against the Local Authority’s proposed placement and ultimately secured a placement in the specialist setting required to meet the child or young persons’ special education needs and ensure they have the necessary support to access education and reach their potential.  This plays an essential role in ensuring the child/young person is placed in a setting equipped with the resources and expertise they need to access education, meet their educational objectives and maximise their potential.  Claudia delivers Special Educational Needs training to case managers, solicitors and Court of Protection deputies.

Claudia is actively involved in fundraising for a number of Bolt Burdon Kemp’s associated child brain injury charities including CBIT, the Encephalitis Society and Contact.

Claudia is of dual nationality (Irish-French) and speaks fluent French.  Claudia trained as a barrister and cross-qualified as a solicitor.  She holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham.

Media Contributions

Professional memberships:

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers – Senior Litigator
  • Acquired Brain Injury London member (ABIL)
  • UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF)
  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • Claudia was magnificent.  She put me at ease, was quick to respond and was just really good throughout.

    L O Brain Injury Client

  • Claudia is very far removed from your traditional stuffy solicitor, she is caring and personable and has made an emotional and difficult  process run as smoothly as she could. My wife and I consider her a friend as well as our solicitor.

    Parents of a child with brain injury

  • The professionalism, integrity and empathy that Claudia, Cheryl and the whole team at BBK show is matched by their knowledge base.

    Gerard Anderson, Head of Brain Injury Services, Child Brain Injury Trust

  • “Both my mum and I want to thank you for your professionalism and dedication. Despite the difficult circumstances of going through a claim, I felt reassured and supported the whole way. Thank you for also being a pleasure to work with!"

    Mrs V

  • I cannot thank my solicitor Claudia Hillemand enough. I have been really impressed throughout with the balance between professionalism and sensitivity she showed us . I really appreciate her efforts,patience regarding my case.I am very pleased with the result and the way it has been achieved.

    Cristina Goron

  • "Claudia was kind to my family on the phone. It was terribly hard for mum to give her statement and Claudia assisted her writing it sympathetically which removed a great burden.”

    Rebecca Woods

  • We feel the service we got from Claudia was substantively excellent... we were made to feel like we had people on our side who believed in our case from start to finish.

    Claire

  • Thank you for all of the work that you and the team have done, it has been the highlight of (the rest of) my life.  I cannot comprehend how much you have done for me.

    Anonymous child brain injury client

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