Jessica joined Bolt Burdon Kemp in January 2019 and is a Senior Associate in the Abuse department.
Since qualifying in 2012 she has specialised in representing survivors of sexual abuse and has experience in bringing claims against a variety of institutions including schools, local authorities, hospitals, religious organisations and high profile individuals. She has particular experience in claims against private schools and the medical profession.
She has represented a number of groups of claimants in claims against the same abuser, the most notable of which was working on the Jimmy Savile child sexual abuse litigation. Her experience included assisting with the negotiation of the Scheme and being the main point of contact for clients throughout. She has additionally lead litigation against Barclays Bank with regard to their liability for abuse that took place during pre-employment medical examinations.
Jessica has represented many former residents of Shirley Oaks Children’s Home and is familiar with pursuing applications under the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme.
She is passionate about representing survivors of abuse and has campaigned for the introduction of mandatory reporting. She is a member of the Victims Reference Group formed by the London Victims’ Commissioner which helps to ensure victims’ voices are heard.
Jessica is a committee member of Association of Women’s Solicitors London which helps support women in the legal profession and is currently running 10 marathons in 10 countries to raise funds for Wheelpower and the National Association for People Abused in Childhood.
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
- Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
- Association of Women’s Solicitors
- Victims Reference Group