Emily McFadden, Abuse Lawyer, Bolt Burdon Kemp Emily McFadden, Abuse Lawyer, Bolt Burdon Kemp

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Emily is an Associate Solicitor in the Abuse team at Bolt Burdon Kemp.

Emily specialises in representing clients in claims for compensation arising from sexual, physical and emotional abuse brought against organisations including the Scout Association, the church, local authorities and the Ministry of Defence.  Emily also acts in claims against individual abusers as well as acting in claims against social services in failure to remove cases.

Emily has a particular interest in supporting victims of image-based sexual abuse (commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’) to bring claims for compensation against their abusers and organisations who failed them.

Emily is passionate about ensuring that victims of abuse are fully compensated via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).  She acts in a number of cases challenging the CICA’s decisions in relation to children who are victims of abuse who the CICA have said ‘consented’ to what happened to them, as well as where it has been decided that their claim should not be eligible within the scheme.

Emily is a trustee of Survivors UK.  Survivors UK is a charity which helps men who have been sexually abused and raises awareness of their needs.  It provides specialist support including individual and group counselling, therapy and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).

She is a member of Centre for Women’s Justice’s Legal Reference Panel.

In addition, she is a committee member of the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee and of Young Legal Aid Lawyers; an organisation which campaigns for a sustainable legal aid system, access to justice and social mobility within the legal profession.

Before joining Bolt Burdon Kemp, Emily achieved a first class honours degree in Education at Birmingham City University, completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies at University of Birmingham and obtained a distinction in her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law.

Media contributions and commentary

Emily is regularly asked to speak to news outlets about current developments in abuse law:

GQ: Been through a break-up? You need to delete each other’s nudes

GQ: Searches For Corinna Kopf’s Leaked OnlyFans Content Show Just How Exploitative Virtual Sex Work Can Be

Lockdown will have had a ‘substantial impact’ on revenge porn cases, lawyer warns

Grazia: Searching For Claudia Conway’s Leaked Photo Isn’t Just Immoral, It’s Illegal Too

Mashable: How ‘hatewank’ videos became a tool for harassing women in the public eye

Solicitors Journal: Blamed: Victims of Violent Crime: How a lack of representation harms victims

Parentzone: Sexting and How to Protect Your Child

ITV Central News East: Speaking about a client who was abused whilst in the care of Derbyshire County Council

Women’s Views on the News: Introducing the Schools Consent Project

Huffington Post: The Schools Consent Project

Professional memberships

Emily's Recent Posts

Abuse Claims
Emily McFadden features in Grazia, 11 June 2021

By Emily McFadden
Child Abuse in Schools
Choirmaster and School teacher Mark Burgess convicted of abuse

After a 12-week trial, a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court has found Choirmaster and school teacher Mark Burgess guilty of 48 counts of abuse. The…

By Emily McFadden
Child Abuse in the Cadets
Army Cadet Leaders Dennis Bowie and Alice McElhinney guilty of child sexual abuse

On 1st June 2021, Bexhill Army Cadet Leaders Dennis Bowie and Alice McElhinney were jailed for sexually abusing cadets. They had messaged each other hundreds…

By Emily McFadden
  • This was a very traumatic thing for me to deal with and Emily sensed when it was difficult for me and when it was all too much.  I spent my life with no one believing me until I met Emily, to have someone on my side was so lovely.  She…
    Anon
  • Emily was supportive and professional, I was more than happy with her.  She made it so comfortable for me to talk to her about sensitive stuff.  Emily was outstanding.
    LL
  • This was a very traumatic thing for me to deal with and Emily sensed when it was difficult for me and when it was all too much.  I spent my life with no one believing me until I met Emily, to have someone on my side was so lovely.  She…
    Anon
  • Emily was fantastic, she was very thorough and was always looking at all angles to get justice for me.  I felt really positive about the firm in general.  I felt the management of the firm was excellent during these COVID times.  There was regular communication and updates sent to me…
    CT

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