Joshua Hughes

Joshua is a Partner and heads up the Complex Injury team, having joined the firm in 2017.

Since qualification in 2012, Joshua has specialised in representing people with serious injuries.  Working on behalf of both adults and children, he has developed considerable expertise in personal injury and medical negligence claims. As a result, the Legal 500 2021 say “for orthopaedic injuries, Joshua Hughes is an important name to note”, and he is recognised as a key lawyer within the personal injury sector..

Joshua has a particular interest in acting for clients who have sustained life-changing orthopaedic injuries including amputations as well as claims involving fatalities.  In addition, Joshua is experienced in conducting matters involving missed and delayed diagnoses.

Notable cases include working for an agricultural engineer who sustained life threatening crushing injuries in a workplace accident.  Joshua secured regular interim payments for his client to ease his financial pressures and a very significant final settlement in just over two years.

In a difficult medical negligence claim Joshua represented a young lady in a case against the NHS which had failed to diagnose a rare congenital abnormality.  Despite complexities around who was to blame and how the negligence had affected his client, Joshua was able to show that his client’s career had been adversely affected by the hospital’s failings, and went on to negotiate a favourable compensation award for her.

Joshua also acted for the parents of an infant who tragically died in childbirth.  The claim involved complex arguments as to whether the hospital’s negligence had caused or contributed to the death.

Bolt Burdon Kemp is a major supporter of the brain injury charity Headway.  Up until 2017, Joshua held the position of Trustee and Company Secretary at the charity’s Salisbury & South Wiltshire branch.  Joshua is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Joshua is an accredited Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

  • I am writing this e-mail to you to express my sincere thanks for the great support your organisation gave to us  during this long “journey”.  I would have to say both Josh and Ben have been wonderful with the support, understanding and communication over the period.  They faced the time difference challenges when we had to Skype at odd hours without any problems whatsoever.  An experience we will never forget. A big thank you to everyone at your organisation.


  • Josh was really nice to me and very patient.  The service I received was brilliant and I would highly recommend the firm, particularly to anyone suffering from the same pain condition that I have – CRPS.  Susie in the costs team was also brilliant.

    Richard Shearman

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