Thomas Beale, Abuse Lawyer, Bolt Burdon Kemp Thomas Beale, Abuse Lawyer, Bolt Burdon Kemp

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Thomas is a Partner in the Abuse team at Bolt Burdon Kemp having joined the firm in March 2018.

Having qualified as a solicitor in 2009, Thomas represents survivors of child abuse.  He has successfully brought claims against St John’s Ambulance, The Scout Association, local authorities, schools, various religious institutions and family members.  More recently, he has developed an expertise in claims arising out of sexual abuse suffered by pupils in private schools.

Thomas also represents many former residents of Shirley Oaks Children’s Home and is experienced in making applications under Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme as well as pursuing civil claims against the council.

In the landmark case of A v Watchtower [2015] EWHC 1722 (QB), the first judgment against the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the UK for sexual abuse, Thomas assisted in bringing this case to court.

Previously, Thomas successfully represented hundreds of claimants injured in the course of their employment, acting for both private clients and trade union members.

Thomas is extremely passionate about his work and committed to getting the best possible results for his clients.  Thomas believes excellent client care is paramount, approaching every case with the sensitivity and the understanding required.  Thomas is a strong litigator and fights to obtain the maximum damages for all of his clients as well as ensuring that they have the support needed throughout the entire litigation process.

He is a dedicated member of both the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

As an expert, Thomas regularly appears in the media to offer his opinion on the developments in child abuse law, appearing on ITV News and in The Guardian, The Telegraph and Manchester Evening News.

  • It has been an emotional rollercoaster but I would like to thank the team for making this journey worth it. I genuinely believe I could not have succeeded with any other team, let alone made it this far. The teams expertise, kindness, empathy throughout made the tough times with the…
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  • All I can say is everything went smoothly. I was kept informed of everything all the time and my mental health and feelings taken into consideration at all times. Very trustworthy and considerate. Rebecca Sheriff was amazing. Took absolute good care of me throughout and highly recommended. Cant compliment her…
  • Mentally and emotionally battered after a 2 year Police investigation and Crown Court trial against my historic abuser, I approached Bolt Burdon Kemp to seek damages against the Scout Association and Essex County Council who failed in their duty of care to me. This is when I met the delightful…
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  • 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…

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