Sharmin Shabbir

Sharmin joined Bolt Burdon Kemp as a solicitor in the Abuse Team in December 2016.  Sharmin specialises in representing survivors of child abuse and pursues claims against Defendants to include the Scout Association, local authorities, schools and religious institutions.

Sharmin qualified as a solicitor in September 2010, specialising in personal injury.  Sharmin has extensive litigation experience and she has acted exclusively for Claimants throughout her legal career, in a wide range of multi track and catastrophic claims, assisting clients with their ongoing care and case management needs.

Sharmin is adept at tackling difficult arguments raised by her opponents and always strives to achieve the best outcome for her clients.  She always seeks to make a difference for her clients and does all she can to assist.  In one particular case, where she acted for a non British citizen, arguments were raised in the personal injury claim that the client’s country of origin would be better suited for her ongoing rehabilitation.  This would have been detrimental for her client’s medical, care and case management needs.  Sharmin carried out extensive research to illustrate the lack of neuro-rehabilitation in the country of origin and worked tirelessly to obtain both medical expert and witness evidence to support this.  This led to a very favourable outcome for the client’s personal injury claim.

Sharmin has also acted for clients in second opinion cases where they have previously been advised to accept low settlement offers.  Sharmin explores all avenues and endeavours to obtain the best evidence for her clients’ cases, which not only leads to the right outcome for her clients but also the best settlement possible based on all the facts.

She approaches all her clients with sensitivity and understands the difficulties involved in dealing with traumatic experiences and ongoing issues which may be impacting a client’s life.

Sharmin is a member of the Muslim Women’s Network UK charity and is dedicated to supporting and guiding them through the civil claims process by carrying out training.  Sharmin is a keen fundraiser.  She has assisted in organising charity shows and events and she has participated in dance and musical performances at charity cultural shows in order to raise funds for various charity appeals.  She supports a number of different charities, which include Human Appeal UK, Save the Children and The ALS Association.  Sharmin is fluent in Bengali and Sylheti and she can also speak Hindi and Urdu at a conversational level.  She has acted for clients in the past who speak these languages and provided them with the ease of understanding and communicating their case in a language they feel most comfortable with.  Her knowledge of these languages enables her to represent survivors of abuse with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.

Professional memberships 

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers