Thomas Beale

Thomas is a senor associate in the Abuse team at Bolt Burdon Kemp having joined the firm in March 2018.

Having qualified as a solicitor in 2009, Thomas represents survivors of child abuse.  He has successfully brought claims against St John’s Ambulance, The Scout Association, local authorities, schools, various religious institutions and family members.  More recently, he has developed an expertise in claims arising out of sexual abuse suffered by pupils in private schools.

Thomas also represents many former residents of Shirley Oaks Children’s Home and is experienced in making applications under Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme as well as pursuing civil claims against the council.

In the landmark case of A v Watchtower [2015] EWHC 1722 (QB), the first judgment against the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the UK for sexual abuse, Thomas assisted in bringing this case to court.

Previously, Thomas successfully represented hundreds of claimants injured in the course of their employment, acting for both private clients and trade union members.

Thomas is extremely passionate about his work and committed to getting the best possible results for his clients.  Thomas believes excellent client care is paramount, approaching every case with the sensitivity and the understanding required.  Thomas is a strong litigator and fights to obtain the maximum damages for all of his clients as well as ensuring that they have the support needed throughout the entire litigation process.

He is a dedicated member of both the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

As an expert, Thomas regularly appears in the media to offer his opinion on the developments in child abuse law, appearing on ITV News and in The Guardian, The Telegraph and Manchester Evening News.

  • BBK have been really fantastic and done me proud.  I feel that I was so lucky to get what I got and I take my hat off to all of you doing what you do.  Everyone who I worked with were so understanding and professional.


  • Tommy and Selina were both excellent and provided amazing service by keeping me informed.  They were really quick off the mark in lockdown to reassure me about what was going on.  Thank you so so much to everyone involved in my case.  I have had negative experiences with law firms before but Bolt Burdon Kemp have renewed my faith.

    Elroy Palmer

  • Tommy was a great geezer a fantastic person.  He was really understanding and compassionate and the whole team were also really good.  I was really happy with the firm.


  • Tommy was an approachable and gentle man.  I felt so comfortable with him and was able to talk to him about everything – there was no judgement.  When I met him in person I instantly liked him, I knew he was perfect for this case.  All of the people involved in these cases love Tommy because he is so nice and really genuine.  I knew if I needed anything I could ask.  Kathleen was also really lovely.  I was particularly pleased to be asked by the firm what form of communication worked best for me.  I felt that reflected a flexibility you don’t often see.  I am glad it is all over now.

    Mishelle Williams

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