Harriet James

Harriet joined Bolt Burdon Kemp in November 2018 as a paralegal in the abuse department.  Harriet assists Siobhan Crawford’s team in acting for survivors of abuse in their claims for compensation against individual abusers and organisations such as The Scout Association, local authorities, schools, and religious institutions.

Harriet studied History at the University of Glasgow and the London School of Economics before going on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, being awarded a distinction.  Having completed her studies, Harriet initially worked as a paralegal at a criminal legal aid firm in south London before making the decision to pursue a career in civil law.

Harriet is passionate about supporting vulnerable individuals and has volunteered as a prison tutor, an Innocence Project caseworker and as a Kids Company mentor.  While completing the Legal Practice Course, Harriet volunteered at Lambeth County Court, assisting the duty solicitor representing individuals facing possession proceedings.

Harriet hopes to qualify as a child abuse solicitor so that she can fight for justice for individuals who have been abused by those in positions of power.  Survivors of child abuse are often left with lifelong difficulties and require treatment for psychological and psychiatric injuries.  Although financial settlements can never make right the harm done to survivors of child abuse, Harriet hopes to assist clients in securing settlements which will allow them to seek any treatment they may need in order to move forward in as positive a way as possible.