David McClenaghan > Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP
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Work Department

Child abuse compensation.


David joined Bolt Burdon Kemp in 2010. He became partner in 2015 and is head of the firm’s Abuse team. He specialises in bringing compensation claims on behlaf of survivors of sexual abuse. He has successfully brought claims on behlf of clients who have suffered abuse at the hands of Scout leaders, Boys’ Brigade Captains, clergymen (Roman Catholic Church, Church of England, Church in Wales, Evangelical Church), youth club leaders, teachers, sports coaches, foster carers, care home staff and family members.

David is a solicitor advocate and regularly appears in the High Court and CICA Tribunal on behalf of his clients. He frequently appears in the national broadcast and print media providing expert commentary on child abuse law and issues.

Reported cases include: GLB v TH [2012] ALL ER D 329, as advocate, David secured his client one of the highest-ever awards of general damaged in a child abuse compensation claim; CXX v DXX [2012] ALL ER (D) 22, clarified the law in respect of whether or not a defendant who has been convicted of an offence is permitted to deny that offence in a subsequent civil claim; FZO v Haringey [2019] EWHC 1286 (QB) representing a child abuse survivor who was awarded a record-breaking £1.1 million in damages. 


Qualified 2009. Partner Bolt Burdon Kemp 2015.


Accredited member of the Law Society Personal Injury Scheme, Secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ Child Abuse Group, Member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, Trustee of Survivors UK.


St Malachy’s College, Belfast; Queen’s University, Belfast (2005 LLB (Hons)); University of Exeter (2006 Legal Practice Course).

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London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

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David McClenaghan Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP

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.