Victoria Oliver > Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP
26 Newbury Street

Work Department

Spinal Injury


Victoria is a Partner and Head of the Spinal Injury Team.

Victoria specialises in acting for adults and children who have suffered spinal injuries either as a result of personal injury (including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, occupier’s liability claims and fatal accidents) or medical negligence involving both NHS and private clinicians.

Victoria has experience in representing clients who have sustained paraplegic injuries and also represented clients who have higher level tetraplegic injuries.  Victoria is mindful of the secondary complications suffered by those who are spinally injured such as neuropathic pain, pressure ulcers and bowel and bladder complications. Victoria also has an interest in SCI women’s health.

Victoria is passionate about ensuring that her clients receive compensation that properly compensates them for their losses and enjoys the challenge of calculating and proving unusual losses.  Wherever possible Victoria aims to obtain early interim payments and rehabilitation for her clients and is experienced in assisting clients with identifying suitable properties for adaption to their individual needs, liaising with case managers and setting up care regimes and therapeutic support.

Victoria’s cases of note include:

  • Acting on behalf of a Claimant who sustained a spinal cord injury following a road traffic accident. Victoria was able to work collaboratively with the insurers and obtain significant interim payments in excess of £500,000.  Overall settlement was agreed at £10 million to include provision for future loss of earnings, future care and accommodation and future private medical therapy costs.
  • Acting on behalf of a Claimant who sustained a spinal cord injury following a road traffic accident where liability was denied and arguments of contributory negligence raised including failure to wear a seatbelt and prior knowledge that the driver had been drinking. Settlement was achieved at £3 million.
  • Acting on behalf of a Claimant who sustained a spinal cord injury and below the knee amputation following a fall at work.  Settlement was achieved at £4.5 million.
  • Achieving a lump sum settlement in excess of £3 million for a below the knee amputation as a result of a motorcycle accident.  Liability was disputed.  The settlement, which was achieved at a JSM, included provision for loss of earnings (including a significant loss of chance claim), prosthetics and future care and accommodation.
  • Acting on behalf of a Claimant in a liability disputed claim involving a fall from height.  The Claimant sustained a brain injury in addition to multiple orthopaedic (including spinal) injuries.  Following a settlement meeting the case settled for a six figure sum.
  • Acting on behalf of a Claimant injured in a road traffic accident where liability was heavily disputed and subsequently settled at trial [Bennett –v- Southwell [2013] EWHC 2382 (QB)].

Victoria is an avid supporter of several spinal injury charities; she has run the London marathon in support of the Spinal Injuries Association and volunteers with Horatio’s Garden, regularly attending the garden at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Victoria is also a fan of wheelchair rugby and supports the Stoke Mandeville Maulers.

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London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

The personal injury team at Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP is led by Jonathan Wheeler, and operates as a cross-departmental group, with specialist teams focusing on adult brain injury, child brain injury, spinal injury, military claims, abuse, and complex injury; the firm also has growing expertise regarding bullying and harassment issues. ‘Incredibly shrewd tacticianAhmed Al-Nahhas leads the military claims team, and has experience handling cases with sensitive elements including racial harassment, sexual assault and suicide. The abuse team is led by solicitor-advocate David McClenaghan, who has notable expertise in historical sexual abuse claims and those in a religious setting. Joshua Hughes leads the complex injury team, which covers road traffic accidents, accidents at work and injuries in a healthcare setting. Spinal injury specialist Victoria Oliver ‘blends tactical acumen with compassion in a way that is unique’.