Firm Profile > Bolt Burdon Kemp > London, England

Bolt Burdon Kemp
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Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Bolt Burdon Kemp fields a team that attracts praise for 'going the extra mile' and being 'consistently client focused'. The practice covers a broad range of catastrophic injury cases, and is sub-divided into specialist departments dedicated to one type of injury, such as spinal and child brain injury. Advising on the needs of ex-service personnel, such as mental health care within the Armed Forces, is another niche specialism offered by the Military team. Practice head Caroline Klage focuses on complex child brain injury cases, including cerebral palsy claims. Raquel Siganporia leads the spinal injury team, and regularly acts for those who, having a primary injury, then suffer a secondary complication indicative of negligence.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Klage

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Trask; Raquel Siganporia


‘The clinical negligence team at BBK incorporates first class lawyers who have had excellent training, along with a very client-focused approach. This ensures great attention to detail, and their concentration on high value claims means they have the resources to devote to each case.’

‘They are very strong on making sure the client (often a child or protected party) gets the best treatment and care, frequently expending time and resources to benefit the Claimant, for which they realise they will not recover all their own costs.’

‘A track record of achieving outstanding results in high value catastrophic claims, particularly involving birth injury. The team is highly knowledgeable, dedicated and fearless.’

‘Raquel Siganporia is a stand out partner who demonstrates strengths in difficult situations and unending patience, empathy and thoroughness, as well as a strong legal knowledge in her field.’

‘Raquel Siganporia is an exceptional solicitor who tenaciously represents her clients, many of whom have suffered life-changing spinal injuries.’

‘ Caroline Klage is one of the very best, if not the best, clinical negligence solicitor in the UK. Her understanding of birth injury claims is second to none and she has incredible empathy with her clients.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Bolt Burdon Kemp is noted for taking on high-risk and difficult liability claims, where it has 'an enviable record of success' in securing early rehabilitation. The team has 'a realistic appreciation of the risks of litigation', and solely specialises in complex and serious injury claims that regularly result in high-value settlements. The practice's niche specialisms set it apart in the market. The military claims team, where Ahmed Al-Nahhas is a key practitioner, has significant experience representing injured service personnel, veterans and their families in claims against the Ministry of Defence. The abuse department is led by David McClenaghan, who has been involved in several ground-breaking decisions in the field of child abuse law. Orthopaedic injury expert Joshua Hughes heads the complex injuries group, which covers a blend of clinical negligence and personal injury work. Jonathan Wheeler heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Rhicha Kapila; Dino Nocivelli; Ahmed Al-Nahhas; David McClenaghan; Joshua Hughes


‘Bolt Burdon Kemp has an excellent team of serious injury specialists and really stands out for its work on abuse claims.’

‘Bolt Burdon Kemp deals with higher value claims and is very strong in general and across its specialist areas. It has built up a genuine depth of knowledge within its specialist teams. It has very strong military claims, spinal injuries and brain injuries teams. It has very hardworking conscientious people who genuinely care about their clients.’

‘Strengths are in client care, professional approach, going the extra mile and being consistently client focused.’

‘David McClenaghan is one of the best abuse lawyers.  He is always on top of the details of his case; he is effective whether acting as a solicitor negotiating a settlement or as an advocate in court.’

‘Josh Hughes is a wise head on young shoulders and his legal experience enables him to deal with clients sensitively and supportively.’

‘From day one, the care and concern showed about my case was such that I felt not as their client any more but as part of their team. In essence, I was treated with respect and their ability to take time and understand my injuries helped a great deal. To say the least, their professional standards were exceptionally outstanding.’

‘With regards to their personal injury work, Bolt Burdon Kemp has one of the best, if not the best, military teams, headed up by Rhicha Kapila and Ahmed Al-Nahhas. They are both stand-out practitioners in this area of work, dealing with their own clients with compassion, care and thoroughness that is second to none, whilst being resolute but open minded in their dealings with the Ministry of Defence.’

‘The team dealing with historic sex abuse cases is very sympathetic and very good at allowing its clients to tell their stories.’

‘Dino Nocivelli is very conscientious and meticulous in his work, offering guidance and support throughout and ensuring I have remained central to his approach. He has been sensitive in his nature and support offered, making himself available at all times possible to reassure myself and many other clients with queries, or concerns both about the case and / or with personal issues arising through the stresses of the case.’

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 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 Raquel Siganporia, and has seen some exceptional successes, the most recent of which was 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 injuries group 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, orthopaedic injuries, 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
Head of personal injury Jonathan Wheeler
Head of clinical negligence Caroline Klage
Abuse David McClenaghan
Adult brain injury Suzanne Trask
Child brain injury Caroline Klage
Complex injury Suzanne Trask
Military Rhicha Kapila
Spinal injury Raquel Siganporia
Photo Name Position Profile
 Cheryl Abrahams  photo Cheryl Abrahams
 Ahmed Al-Nahhas  photo Ahmed Al-Nahhas
Ms Lynne Burdon photo Ms Lynne Burdon
 Joanna Chapman  photo Joanna Chapman
 Joshua Hughes  photo Joshua Hughes
 Rhicha Kapila  photo Rhicha Kapila
 Caroline Klage  photo Caroline Klage
 David McClenaghan  photo David McClenaghan
 Luke Nicholls  photo Luke Nicholls
 Suzanne Trask  photo Suzanne Trask
 Jonathan Wheeler  photo Jonathan Wheeler
Number of UK partners : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 33