Emily McFadden

Emily is an Associate Solicitor in the Abuse team at Bolt Burdon Kemp having joined the firm as a newly qualified solicitor in September 2015.

Emily specialises in representing clients in claims for compensation arising from sexual, physical and emotional abuse brought against organisations including the Scout Association, the church, local authorities and the Ministry of Defence.  Emily also acts in claims against individual abusers as well as acting in claims against social services in failure to remove cases.

Emily has a particular interest in supporting victims of trafficking to bring claims for compensation against their traffickers and organisations who failed them.

Emily is passionate about ensuring that victims of abuse are fully compensated via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.  She acts in a number of cases challenging the CICA’s decisions in relation to children who are victims of abuse who the CICA have said ‘consented’ to what happened to them, as well as where it has been decided that their claim should not be eligible within the scheme.

Before joining Bolt Burdon Kemp, Emily achieved a first class honours degree in Education at Birmingham City University, completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies at University of Birmingham and obtained a distinction in her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law.

Emily is a trustee of Survivors UK.  Survivors UK is a charity which helps men who have been sexually abused and raises awareness of their needs.  It provides specialist support including individual and group counselling, therapy and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).

In addition, she is a committee member of the Law Society’s Access to Justice committee, as well as Young Legal Aid Lawyers; an organisation which campaigns for a sustainable legal aid system, access to justice and social mobility within the legal profession.

Professional memberships

  • Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator
  • Association of Women Solicitors
  • I feel really positive about the way Emily handled my case. She was superb, definitely exceeded my expectations and I couldn’t fault the service. Thank you Emily.  

    Keith Donnelly

  • Emily was superb and really wonderful.  She not only helped me in the claim but helped me with my mental health too.  She made me feel better about myself.


  • Emily was fantastic.  She explained everything really clearly, step by step and put no pressure on me to make decisions.  She made sure I fully understood everything that was going on and took the time to email me the information and gave me time to think.

    Abuse Client

  • Emily was bloody excellent.  I could not have wished for a better firm.  In my opinion the whole firm is superb.  Thank you so much for everything.


  • As you can imagine the decision to contact yourselves and then speak to a complete stranger about what had happened was not one I relished. When Emily first called me I was very soon put at ease by her easy manner and complete professionalism... As a result of her hard work and tenacity the defendant has settled the claim at the first opportunity... I am convinced that the work Emily has done and more importantly the way in which she has dealt with me in such a positive and understanding manner has helped significantly.

    Mr A, Abuse Client

  • “This whole experience has had an overall good effect of closure, allowing me to proceed with the rest of my life without this skeleton in the cupboard affecting my life in so many ways. Emily was particularly understanding in helping and guiding me through very painful emotional trauma for me. Always making sure I knew that I could indeed call her at any time, should I need help support and guidance. I really did think that this case would be thrown out, thus affirming that I really didn’t matter but that hasn’t been the case, and I thank all of you for that. I have nothing but praise for Bolt Burdon Kemp."

    Tony Hughes

  • Bolt Burdon Kemp are so professional in their approach but so human and understanding.  Emily was incredible.  She was firm when she needed to be but was so kind and reassuring especially when I was nervous in meetings.  I could not fault her and there was nothing to improve on.

    Sophie Dadswell

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