Sonita Hayward, Solicitor and Head of New Business, Bolt Burdon Kemp Sonita Hayward, Solicitor and Head of New Business, Bolt Burdon Kemp

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Sonita is Head of Public Affairs at Bolt Burdon Kemp. She works closely with BBK’s Managing Partner Jonathan Wheeler and the heads of each practice area. She and her team are responsible for communication of the vital work the firm carries out through the firm’s online presence, social media communications, press relations, campaigns and charity partnerships.


The people at Bolt Burdon Kemp are dedicated to improving the lives of not just their clients, but all people who have experienced serious injury. Sonita helps ensure that any issues which teams are campaigning about, to effect positive change and raise awareness about, are heard by the outside world. Sonita set up the firm’s Social Justice Group, which brings together people from across the firm to discuss areas they are passionate about, to help drive their work by drawing on the diverse experience across the firm, to good effect.


BBK regularly respond to government consultations affecting seriously injured people. Sonita coordinates the firm’s response to these consultations, putting together the right team of people across the firm to ensure the most authoritative voices from the firm speak out on their specialist subjects. To date, the firm have responded to consultations or calls for evidence including the women’s health strategy, the treatment of women in the armed forces, and the acquired brain injury consultation.


The firm dedicates much time to supporting charities who align with their own work, helping improve the lives of seriously injured people and their families. Sonita’s team supports those relationships and helps ensure that these strategic partnerships deliver the maximum impact for the benefit of individuals and their families.

She is currently studying for her Level 6 CIM qualifications and has accepted an invite to join the firm’s second cohort of Lawyers to Leaders, a mini-MBA infused with BBK values.

Sonita joined BBK in 2010, she is a qualified solicitor whose former area of practice was professional negligence and she worked at the firm for 6 years before moving into this area – which plays to her strengths as both a solicitor and a campaigner for social justice.

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