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Abbie is an Associate Solicitor at Bolt Burdon Kemp.  She qualified in May 2008 and has been with the firm since July 2011.

Abbie specialises in representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse in claims for compensation against numerous defendants including the abuser themselves, religious organisations, the Scouts Association, schools and social services.  She has represented clients who have suffered neglect in childhood in claims against local authorities on the grounds that social services negligently failed to remove them at an earlier age.

Abbie represents adults who have suffered sexual abuse and sexual assaults and those who have suffered criminal assaults, in claims for compensation.

Abbie is particularly passionate about exposing the extent of childhood sexual abuse within the Scout Association and has successfully produced an extensive database, which contains data relating to over 300 scout leaders, who have been convicted of sexual offences relating to children.

Abbie is a very experienced solicitor and a formidable opponent.  She strives to provide a service to her clients which goes above and beyond in all aspects, from her approach through to out of hours accessibility.  It is of utmost importance to Abbie that she offers all possible support to her clients throughout the legal process, so that they can trust her with their most sensitive information, feel listened to and valued and ultimately help them to move forwards with their lives once their claim has successfully concluded.

Abbie provides training on legal issues within abuse claims, such as the time limit for bringing claims and revenge porn.

Abbie read Law at Nottingham Law School.  Abbie then completed the Legal Practice course at the College of Law, where she was awarded a distinction.

Media Contributions

Professional memberships

  • Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Abbie's Recent Posts

Abuse Claims
Abbie Hickson quote in The Athletic, 22 March 2021

By Abbie Hickson
Abuse Claims
Philip Edwards and Watford Football Club: The Independent Review into Childhood Sexual Abuse in Football…

The long awaited Independent Review into Child Sexual Abuse in Football of Clive Sheldon QC was published yesterday. I was surprised and dismayed to find…

By Abbie Hickson
Child Abuse
Ex-Scout leader, Graham Avison, jailed for sexual abuse

On 23rd November 2020, at Minshull Street Crown Court, Graham Avison, an ex-Scout leader was sentenced to more than five years imprisonment after pleading guilty…

By Abbie Hickson
  • The letter contained everything I had hoped for from this process and has allowed for an almost immediate feeling of freedom.  Thanks entirely to your support and intervention, I am able to move past the abuse and towards a more fulfilled life on my own terms and not a life…
  • Abbie was excellent, she was thorough, informative and helpful.  Selina in the costs team was also great at keeping me informed.
  • Abbie was excellent.  I found her to be very responsive and she was always on hand to answer queries whilst being polite and pleasant.  She answered every one of my questions which is unusual in one person, in my experience.
    SL
  • Abbie was absolutely brilliant.

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