Joshua Hughes, Partner in the Complex Injury Team, Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors Joshua Hughes, Partner in the Complex Injury Team, Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors

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Joshua is a Partner and Head of Bolt Burdon Kemp’s Complex Injury team.

Since qualification in 2012, Joshua has specialised solely in representing Claimants who have sustained serious injuries in a variety of circumstances; from road traffic collisions, to accidents at work to injuries caused in a healthcare setting.  Working on behalf of both adults and children, he has developed considerable expertise across both personal injury and medical negligence claims of the utmost complexity. Joshua has experience of bringing claims both domestically and abroad.

Joshua has a particular interest and proven track record for acting for clients who have sustained life-changing orthopaedic injuries including upper and lower limb amputations as well as claims involving fatalities.  In 2021 the Legal 500 described Joshua as a “key lawyer” in the field of Personal Injury and, in 2023, he was named as a “Next Generation Partner”.

Joshua is highly experienced in successfully litigating contested medical misdiagnosis, women’s health, sensory loss and surgical negligence claims against private hospitals, NHS Trusts and GPs. He is engaged in the development of the firm’s burgeoning Women’s Health team acting on behalf of women who have, for example, received delayed gynaecological cancer diagnoses or sustained avoidable maternal trauma in childbirth.

In recent times, Joshua has also developed a particular interest in the emergence of automation claims which encompass injuries involving semi and fully autonomous vehicles as well as robotic surgery claims.

Joshua has also become a prominent commentator on smart motorways and e-scooters regularly featuring in the media on both topics.

Notable cases

In 2021, Joshua settled a high value claim on behalf of a gentleman who sustained significant polytrauma in a hot air balloon accident. This claim was brought under the Montreal Convention and liability initially disputed by a well-known, multinational Defendant.

In 2022, a £300,000 award was obtained for Joshua’s high-profile client who was attacked and severely injured by cattle owing to the negligence of the farmland owner.

In 2023, Joshua concluded a settlement in the sum of £2.2m on behalf of an employee who sustained life-changing injuries following a fall from height at a well-known redevelopment site in London. In the same year, Joshua secured another £2.2m compensation award for a young mother who sustained lifelong injuries, including bowel incontinence, following medical negligence at the time of her daughter’s birth.

In 2019, Joshua secured an award in excess of £500,000 for a gentleman who underwent a lower limb amputation arising from a delayed diagnosis of leg ischaemia in a case against the NHS and £200,000 for a young woman who sustained multiple orthopaedic injuries when she was hit by a vehicle whilst out walking which was likely to impact on her job as a veterinary nurse.

Other notable settlements in recent years include a settlement in excess of £10 million pounds for a junior doctor who sustained spinal cord injuries in a motorway collision and a £5 million pound settlement for a young man who suffered a traumatic brain injury whilst a passenger in a road collision.

Bolt Burdon Kemp is a major supporter of the brain injury charity Headway.  Up until 2017, Joshua held the position of Trustee and Company Secretary at the charity’s Salisbury & South Wiltshire branch. Since this time, Joshua has worked proudly with, and alongside, the Limbless Association – a nationwide charity that provide support to amputees and the limb-loss community. In 2021, Joshua and a team of 17 colleagues completed the 4x4x48 challenge in aid of this charity raising over £9,000.

Joshua is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is an accredited Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He attends several APIL special interest groups covering transport, product liability, medical negligence and Costs.

Media & Publications

Joshua has appeared live on BBC TV and radio regarding medical negligence claims and claims involving allergic reactions and regularly appears in publications as an expert on personal injury claims such as the Solicitors Journal, the Insurance Times and the Law Gazette.

A Contemporary Danger On Trial – Solicitors Journal

The new frontier of e-scooters must be regulated – The Times

No space for shortcuts – British Safety Council

‘Precautionary steps save lives’: Why child farm safety is of growing importance – Farmers Guardian

This is what to do if you suffer an injury while on holiday abroad – Sheffield Telegraph

This is what to do if you suffer an injury while on holiday abroad – Hartlepool Mail

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – accredited Senior Litigator
  • The Law Society of England & Wales

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