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Bolt Burdon Kemp
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Work Department

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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

Bolt Burdon Kemp fields an ‘excellent team with exceptional talents‘. The practice has earned its ‘superb reputation‘ by building up significant expertise in a number of highly specialised areas. Senior associate Victoria Oliver is seen as ‘one of the most talented solicitors in the field‘ of spinal injury work, while Ahmed Al-Nahhas is known for being the ‘fantastic leader‘ of the military claims department. Abuse is another area of particular strength, and core practitioner Jonathan Wheeler is particularly noted for having built up the firm’s capabilities in this field; David McClenaghan now heads up the dedicated sub-group, which also includes recently promoted partner Dino Nocivelli.