Jonathan Wheeler

Jonathan was formerly head of both the injury and abuse teams at Bolt Burdon Kemp and has been a partner with the firm since 2003.

In 2006 Jonathan was named one of the ‘Hot 100’ lawyers of the year by The Lawyer magazine, recognising his campaigning work for survivors of child abuse, work which continues today.  He appeared alongside Sir Keir Starmer who was similarly honoured in the same issue! Jonathan went on to represent two claimants in the landmark House of Lords case A v Hoare & others (2008) changing the law to extend the time limits for anyone wishing to bring a child abuse claim.  He now has an over-arching role developing and approving the strategy for all personal injury cases handled by the firm.

Legal 500 2021 described Jonathan as ‘one of the leading lawyers for abuse claims’.

Chambers & Partners 2020 says: “Managing partner Jonathan Wheeler “has done and continues to do phenomenal work” for victims of child abuse, as well as maintaining a strong practice in serious injury claims arising from accidents in public places, at work and RTAs. A source praises him as an “incredibly hardworking and very passionate” practitioner.”

In addition to his work at BBK, Jonathan is a Fellow and former President (2015-16) of the influential lobbying organisation, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.  He was awarded honorary life membership when he stepped down from the national executive in 2017.   He trains other lawyers, both in-house and externally, and is regularly asked to provide comment on topical issues for the trade press and national media.  In 2014/15 he accepted a consultancy role with the BBC, advising on story-lines for a well-known TV soap.

Media Contributions


Jonathan has co-authored the third edition of APIL’s Guide to Child Abuse Compensation Claims, the definitive manual for lawyers representing survivors of abuse, due to be published by Lexis Nexis in December 2020.

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Fellow and Past-President
  • The Law Society of England & Wales – Civil Justice Committee member
  • The Law Society of England & Wales – LGBT+ Committee member
  • Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors (FOCIS) – Committee member
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association – member
  • "Thank you immensely for all your help and kindness during my case."

    Florence Bello

  • "Thank you!! You have a way of putting people at their ease. When people are not too sure of themselves this helps 100%. Keep up the good work."

    Graham Webb

  • "These last couple of years have not been easy for me and I appreciate the fact that any time I have needed to meet with you or deal with any aspect of this case you and your staff have been helpful, caring and supportive.Your attitude has helped me to feel that I have the right to fight back and enabled me to feel stronger...Thank you."

    Steve Foster

  • "Dear Jonathan ... I am writing to say a huge thank-you, in many ways the biggest thank-you of my life, for agreeing to take on my case and seeing it through to a successful settlement. To say I couldn't have done it without you is rather stating the obvious but to have someone of your reputation and expertise representing me was doubtless a massive privilege... you really understood me as a boy and as an adult and could see just how the abuse had changed things. This personal insight shows me that you really take the proper care and time to understand your client..."

    Ben MacDonald

  • "I'd like to thank you very much for your help in getting my husband some recompense for the horrors that he's suffered. Your openness and honesty have enabled him to move forward with his life."

    Mrs Springham

  • "I really do appreciate all the time and work that you put in; the fact that someone 'outside' believed in what I was saying was so important and has helped immensely with coming to terms with my past and setting about my present and future. The financial settlement is obviously helpful; similarly, although it cannot undo the wrongs committed, it goes some way to helping me get back onto my intended path."

    Ian Springham

  • "The outcome has been way above any expectations...Once again many thanks for all your hard work and effort, I am very grateful."

    Christopher O'Connor

  • "I thought I would just write to formally express my sincere thanks for all the work you have undertaken on my behalf over the course of the last year or so. It has been an unsettling experience at times, however your advice and counsel during this time greatly helped to steer me through some difficult periods. Once again, many thanks for your help and assistance."

    Mark Ashwin

  • "I would like to thank you for resolving this matter. I have been extremely impressed with the professional service your company has provided throughout the case. I highly recommend your company to others."

    Darren Beattie

  • "To Bolt Burdon Kemp, I would like to thank Jonathan Wheeler and his team for representing us in a professional, respectful and sensitive manner throughout our lengthy claim for compensation against a Local Authority which has finally been settled. We can now put closure to the trauma and move on emotionally."

    May James

  • "Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into my case for me. I greatly appreciate the support and faith you showed in the case and me. Please thank Mel for me too, as I am very aware of the hard endless hours she put in also."

    Avril Brady

  • "Jonathan Wheeler and David McClenaghan are consummate professionals, surrounded by a first rate team at Bolt Burdon Kemp. Every step of the process was explained, they responded to communications quickly and they were always understanding and considerate when discussing a particularly sensitive subject. Despite nearly 30 years passing since the original offences, their knowledge and specialist experience in the field of Childhood Sexual Abuse lead to a significant award of damages. As the perpetrator of the crimes committed suicide before the criminal trial, the additional sense of justice being served is, in my mind, priceless."

    Anonymous Child Abuse Claim

  • "Just a quick note to thank you and your team for all you have done over the time of this case. The way you have conducted yourself, your expertise and compassion during what has been a difficult time for me and my family has been handled with extreme professionalism. I would certainly recommend you and your team to anyone who requires a unique law firm."


  • "It is a great relief to have achieved such an outcome...Everyone involved has offered great support and personal service and we are very grateful. We were recommended to you and clearly with good reason."

    N & S McAuley

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