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Bolt Burdon Kemp
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Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Bolt Burdon Kemp fields an 'excellent clinical negligence team' with 'a superb level of technical knowledge' and 'total dedication to every client'. The specialist departments at the firm include military claims, which focuses on the needs of ex-service personnel, such as the provision of mental health care within the armed forces. Practice head Caroline Klage also leads the child brain injury team, which is 'full of talented, committed and experienced individuals' and acts in a wide variety of claims, including cerebral palsy. The adult brain injury department is overseen by Suzanne Trask. Also notable is Alex Dabek, who is an associate in the spinal injury team.

Practice head(s):


The child brain injury team is a first-class team, full of talented, committed and experienced individuals who put 110% into every case.

An excellent clinical negligence team.

Caroline Klage is without doubt one of the very best.

What sets them apart is a superb level of technical knowledge combined with total dedication to every client.

Suzanne Trask has a very good reputation in clinical negligence – very specialist and high profile.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Bolt Burdon Kemp fields a 'dedicated and highly specialised team' with 'fantastic expertise' and 'significant experience'. As well as handling complex brain and spinal injury cases, the firm is particularly known for its niche military claims specialism. This offering is headed up by Ahmed Al-Nahhas, who 'knows military law backwards', and is frequently instructed to act in non-freezing cold injury claims against the Ministry of Defence. Another key area of focus for the team is in child abuse claims; David McClenaghan leads this department, and practice head Jonathan Wheeler is also 'one of the leading lawyers for abuse claims'. For orthopaedic injuries, Joshua Hughes is an important name to note.

Practice head(s):


A dedicated and highly specialised team whose knowledge of the military is second to none.

Outstanding within the field of claimant personal injury litigation.

Jonathan Wheeler is one of the leading lawyers for abuse claims.

This is a team with fantastic expertise and significant experience.

Ahmed Al-Nahhas knows military law backwards and leaves no stone unturned in fighting for his clients, but in an impressively suave and relaxed way.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 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 Burdon After 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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