Jo Chapman

Jo is a Partner in the Child Brain Injury team acting exclusively for children who have suffered serious brain injuries as a result of negligence, including clinical negligence.

Jo’s specialist expertise in child brain injuries has developed over the last 20 years and as a result she has been recognised as a key lawyer within the clinical negligence sector by the Legal 500 2021.  She is highly experienced in dealing with severe and complex claims involving birth related brain injuries, cerebral palsy and stroke, including children who are in a minimally conscious state or whose level of cognition is uncertain.

Jo is an IPSEA-qualified special educational needs advisor having completed training with Independent Parental Special Educational Needs Advice (IPSEA).

She has been described as “an outstanding and tenacious personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner” and is recommended by the Legal 500.  The latest edition of the Legal 500 notes that Jo “has an excellent understanding of relevant issues”.  She has an acute eye for detail, tactical nous and manages to be both professionally reassuring and sympathetic towards clients.  She advocates a client-centred, team-based approach to managing the claim.

Reported cases

Soliman -v- Islington Borough Council

Professional memberships

  • Law Society Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Panels Accredited
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (Associate)
  • Headway
  • Spinal Injuries Association
  • Child Brain Injury Trust
  • UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum
  • Dear Jo Before I met you I was taking care of M under very difficult conditions because my house was not suitable for M.  And all I ever wanted was my son to be sleeping on a comfortable bed.  I couldn’t write or speak English and I’ve always thought how I could ever do something, it was risky.  One day, Jo’s number was handed into me and I called without knowing what was waiting for me and my family.  I met Jo in 2014, and I have been seeing her ever since.  Every time I saw Jo, she was working on how to give a better life for M, this made me and my family very optimistic.  The mother and fathers of kids like M that have their lives taken away from them, to give your kids a good and peaceful life without being worried, you can call Jo.  Jo and the team and the case manager, thank you very much for dealing and working for my son.

    M's Mum

  • "You've been absolutely brilliant! The outcome is the best we could have hoped for. Although no amount of money can compensate Danny for what he has lost, what it does do is secure his future, which in turn takes a great weight off my shoulders, and gives me peace of mind. You don't know how much that means to me. No amount of words can express our gratitude to you for all that you have done. We'll never forget you. God bless you."

    Sheila Kiff

  • "Thank you so very much for all you and your excellent team have done...We will never forget what you have done for us. Thank you again."

    Nicole Gebhardt

  • "Thank you for your help and support over the last 3 years. Karen and Jo and Eve all worked hard to achieve a final settlement. I really appreciate all the hard work to finally get there. Thanks once again to all at Bolt Burdon Kemp."

    Hazel Rabin

  • "Dear Jo, Thankyou for everything you did for me, your expertise and compassion in my difficult case. B.B.K are a team of highly understanding caring professional team of solicitors. Thanks again to Jo and her team."

    Dennis Parkinson

  • "I have for more than a year enjoyed the privilege of working alongside Jo Chapman in a difficult fatal accident case in which we separately represented the infant and adult claimants. That we achieved such a great settlement at round table conference on 6 March 2012 is down to her remarkable understanding of the strength of good evidence and her skills of persuasion."


  • "Throughout the case, the whole team has been very kind, supportive and sympathetic and the professionalism that you all have shown towards us has given me the strength to carry on. Since the case was handed over to Jo Chapman, she has shown great professionalism and worked tirelessly to bring this case to a successful conclusion. When the first offer was made by the Trust, Jo was not satisfied and found another 'gear', strength and courage to continue fighting for my wife and what she believed she deserved. There are no words that can be used to thank Jo for the tremendous work she has done. She deserves 'five stars'."

    Mr Rummun

  • "Jo could not have been a better representative for BBK. We were successful but regardless of the outcome, I felt that Jo had put in a good fight for us. Professional in approach, clear and concise in explaining the process for a layman such as myself to understand. All done with great understanding, warmth and empathy."

    Dan Nguyen

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