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Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP
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Managing Partner


Jonathan was formerly head of both the injury and abuse teams at Bolt Burdon Kemp and has been a partner with the firm since 2003.

In 2006 Jonathan was named one of the ‘Hot 100’ lawyers of the year by The Lawyer magazine, recognising his campaigning work for survivors of child abuse, work which continues today.  Jonathan went on to represent two claimants in the landmark House of Lords case A v Hoare & others (2008) changing the law to extend the time limits for anyone wishing to bring a child abuse claim. 

He now has an over-arching role developing and approving the strategy for all personal injury cases handled by the firm.

In addition to his work at BBK, Jonathan is a Fellow and former President (2015-16) of the influential lobbying organisation, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.  He was awarded honorary life membership when he stepped down from the national executive in 2017.   He trains other lawyers, both in-house and externally, and is regularly asked to provide comment on topical issues for the trade press and national media.  In 2014/15 he accepted a consultancy role with the BBC, advising on story-lines for a well-known TV soap.


  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Fellow and Past-President
  • The Law Society of England & Wales – Civil Justice Committee member
  • The Law Society of England & Wales – LGBT+ Committee member
  • Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors (FOCIS) Committee member
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association – member

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London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

Jonathan Wheeler leads the personal injury offering at Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP; it functions as a cross-departmental group spanning adult brain injury, child brain injury, spinal injury, military claims, abuse and complex injury. The sub-division of specialisms allows team members an increased focus on their own area of expertise. In addition, the team has been expanding into more niche areas, with women’s health becoming a particular focus in recent years. Ahmed Al-Nahhas leads the military sub-team, working on cases involving such complex issues as PTSD, and is described as ‘one of the best lawyers in the market for military personal injury work’. The has recently campaigned around the impact of Covid-19 on child abuse, inequality in Britain’s legal aid system and the safety of e-scooters – Joshua Hughes has done impressive work on the last of these. The team also offers early therapy and trauma support to its clients. Child abuse lead David McClenaghan has led on multiple recent cases which are being considered by the Supreme Court.