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Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP
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Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Bolt Burdon Kemp's 'wonderful team' of 'true clinical negligence experts' are able to combine 'real intelligence with fantastic tactical thinking'. The firm is differentiated by its injury-oriented structure; the practice consists of specialist departments dedicated to particular types of injury. 'Simply superb' practitioner Caroline Klage developed and continues to head up the renowned birth and child brain injury group, which was further strengthened by the recent arrival of consultant Julie Aldred and associate Tamsin Day from Wiseman Lee. Suzanne Trask takes the lead on adult brain injury matters. Senior associate Alex Dabek is a key name to note in the dedicated spinal injury offering.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Klage

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Trask; Jo Chapman; Claudia Hillemand; Alex Dabek; Julie Aldred; Tamsin Day


‘A simply wonderful team of friendly, committed, highly competent solicitors who all work brilliantly together in a range of complex cases to get the very best results for clients.’

‘Caroline Klage is simply superb. She is the person I would want if I was ever in the awful position of having a child with a brain injury caused at birth. She is at the very top of the game and totally focused on getting the best outcome for her clients. Her people skills are second to none.’

‘BBK are true clinical negligence experts. The team cover cutting edge and high value claims. The firm boasts lawyers of real intelligence with fantastic tactical thinking on cases. In addition the firm has retained its emphasis on client care.’

‘Claudia Hillemand has a deep grasp of complex child brain injury claims. She combines her medical understanding with wonderful client care.’

‘A hugely committed team who truly specialise in child brain injury and spinal surgery claims. They have great strength in depth, whilst remaining extremely approachable and modern in outlook.’

‘Alex Dabek leaves no stone unturned. She is one of the most assiduous lawyers I have ever come across and is driven to achieve the best results for her clients.’

‘Caroline Klage runs an exceptional team of solicitors, all of whom do a fantastic job.’

‘Without exception they are highly knowledgeable, compassionate and completely dedicated to their clients. I know of no harder working group of lawyers in this field. They are also a very diverse firm, who provide a huge amount of support to those wanting to have children and continue their careers.’

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Bolt Burdon Kemp fields an 'excellent team with exceptional talents'. The practice has earned its 'superb reputation' by building up significant expertise in a number of highly specialised areas. Senior associate Victoria Oliver is seen as 'one of the most talented solicitors in the field' of spinal injury work, while Ahmed Al-Nahhas is known for being the 'fantastic leader' of the military claims department. Abuse is another area of particular strength, and core practitioner Jonathan Wheeler is particularly noted for having built up the firm's capabilities in this field; David McClenaghan now heads up the dedicated sub-group, which also includes recently promoted partner Dino Nocivelli. 

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:


‘An excellent personal injury team with a superb reputation within the PI sector, particularly in the field of spinal injuries and abuse work. The real strength in this firm comes from the consistent quality of their personnel and their willingness to put absolutely everything into their cases for the benefit of their clients.’

‘Victoria Oliver is one of the most talented solicitors in the field. She is head of spinal injury and combines warmth of personality and the utmost sympathy with the client with a fearless and pragmatic no-nonsense manner with defendants. She is extremely organised and her cases are always in the best order.’

‘This is a highly motivated team. They are known for taking on difficult cases and winning them. Very much a premier firm in the area of child abuse compensation claims.’

‘Jonathan Wheeler is well known in the personal injury world as a former president of APIL, and for his work in child abuse including the landmark case of A v Hoare [2008] UKHL 7. Also one of the authors of “Child Abuse Compensation Claims” published by Lexis Nexis – he has built a fantastic department in child abuse compensation claims at Bolt Burdon Kemp and now manages the firm. A highly regarded individual in his field.’

‘Excellent team with exceptional talents. They will assist you throughout the legal process and encourage you emotionally to fight for your rights.’

‘Dino Nocivelli has worked with my organisation for many years, I have always found him to be kind, empathic, patient and knowledgeable. He is passionate about the work he does and the outcome for our clients. He wants to make the world a better, safer place for vulnerable people.’

‘The team I am most familiar with is the military injury team, which is really outstanding in its field. Its reputation is very strong with veterans, and the team is constantly involved in research and high-profile campaigns. It also has a good record on the bread and butter issue of winning claims.’

‘Ahmed Al-Nahhas is very personable and a fantastic leader of the military team. He is brilliant with clients and fights their corner tenaciously.’

Bolt Burdon Kemp specialises in only representing claimants in the fields of serious personal injury and clinical negligence, with dedicated teams focusing on adult and child brain injury, spinal injury, abuse and military claims.

The firm: With over 30 years’ experience, this innovative firm is dedicated to progressing complex and serious injury claims swiftly and tenaciously while providing the highest levels of client care. Direct access to solicitors and meetings at times and places to suit the client are standard features of the service. Its approach is holistic, with interim payments being sought at an early stage to alleviate financial hardship and to enable clients to access the professional support and specialist targeted intervention they need at the very earliest opportunity. The firm seeks to support clients in all aspects, from welfare benefits through to special education needs advice. It has a track record in groundbreaking cases and in successfully fighting high-risk claims.

Types of work undertaken: The abuse team is led by partner and solicitor-advocate David McClenaghan; it is the UK’s largest group of solicitors exclusively acting for survivors of abuse seeking compensation. It is renowned for pursuing landmark cases to improve the law in this area, and brings actions against individual abusers, their employers, foster parents, operators of children’s homes and schools, social services departments which placed children in care or failed to protect children from being abused at home, religious organisations, sporting clubs and charitable foundations.

The firm has a dedicated military team, led by Ahmed Al-Nahhas, with experience of advising on the often complex and uniquely challenging needs of claims for injuries arising from bullying through to providing defective equipment and inadequate medical care. Its client base is composed of serving and retired armed services personnel and their families, as well as members of the civilian services linked to the Ministry of Defence. It is currently bringing a test case for individuals who experienced psychiatric symptoms due to Lariam, an anti-malarial drug prescribed by MoD doctors.

The child brain injury department, led by Caroline Klage, continues to grow, and represents many families with birth injury claims. The team’s dedication to its clients is evidenced through its developing expertise in the area of special education needs. Members have successfully appealed a number of education, health and care plan decisions made by local authorities to ensure clients are educated at the most appropriate local specialist schools. Real emphasis is placed on the needs of the whole family, obtaining the support needed to ensure an injured child’s future is secure.

Suzanne Trask heads the firm’s adult brain injury department, which specialises in acting for individuals who have sustained a brain injury through an accident or negligent care. This experience extends to those affected by brain infections or stroke. The team is committed to working closely with groups which support these individuals. The team works swiftly to put appropriate multi-disciplinary care packages in place to ensure a client’s needs are met as a priority and to restore as much independence as possible.

The spinal injury department is headed by Victoria Oliver, and has seen some exceptional successes, including a £5.3m settlement for negligent treatment in respect of scoliosis. The team continues to campaign for improved awareness of the issues faced by those who have mobility issues.

The complex injury team, led by Joshua Hughes, undertakes the full range of personal injury and clinical negligence work and has particular expertise in claims involving catastrophic injuries, psychiatric injuries, disfigurement claims, amputations, the late diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cancer, obstetric and gynaecological injuries, women’s health matters, orthopaedic injuries and amputations, pressure ulcers, and fatal injuries. Members of the team have had particular success in developing experience in group actions against rogue doctors.

Bolt Burdon Kemp aims to further develop its expertise in its specialist areas and is committed to expansion through investment in excellent staff.

Managing partner Jonathan Wheeler
Child brain injury Caroline Klage
Adult brain injury Suzanne Trask
Abuse David McClenaghan
Military Claims Ahmed Al-Nahhas
Complex Injury Joshua Hughes
Spinal Injury Victoria Oliver
Cheryl Abrahams  photo Cheryl Abrahams Cheryl is a partner in the child brain injury team at Bolt…
Ahmed Al-Nahhas  photo Ahmed Al-Nahhas Ahmed is Head of the Military Claims Team and a Partner and…
Lynne Burdon photo Lynne BurdonAfter education at a Quaker school in North Yorkshire and a Maths…
Joanna Chapman  photo Joanna Chapman Jo is a partner in the child brain injury team, and acts exclusively…
Alex Dabek  photo Alex Dabek Alex is a Senior Associate in the Spinal Injury team at Bolt…
Claudia Hillemand  photo Claudia Hillemand Claudia is a Partner in the Child Brain Injury team. She acts exclusively…
Joshua Hughes  photo Joshua Hughes Josh is a Partner and Head of the Complex Injury team at…
Rhicha Kapila  photo Rhicha Kapila Rhicha is the Chief Operations Officer and a partner at Bolt Burdon…
Caroline Klage  photo Caroline Klage Caroline is a specialist in cases involving child brain injury and heads…
David McClenaghan  photo David McClenaghan David joined Bolt Burdon Kemp in 2010. He became partner in 2015…
Luke Nicholls  photo Luke Nicholls Luke is the Finance Partner in the Financial Operations team at Bolt…
Suzanne Trask  photo Suzanne Trask Suzanne is head of the Adult Brain Injury team at Bolt Burdon…
Jonathan Wheeler  photo Jonathan Wheeler Jonathan was formerly head of both the injury and abuse teams at…
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 66
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
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