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Bolt Burdon Kemp

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Why choose us

We’ve been representing our clients’ spinal injury claims for more than 35 years. As the solicitors in our spinal injury team only represent clients with spinal injuries, they’ve accumulated an incredible wealth of experience and understanding. 

This dedicated team deeply understand your needs – and have a great knowledge of the best aids and therapies that can help you adjust to life after injury. And they’ve built excellent relationships with experts in the spinal injury community – so they know exactly who to approach for evidence about your needs. Our military claims team also represent spinally injured clients injured in the line of duty.

While compensation cannot ‘undo’ any injury, it can provide the means to live as comfortable a life as possible, along with peace of mind. It will help you meet your financial needs and give you future security. 

Campaigning for you

A properly adjusted home. Targeted therapies. Peer support. Excellent aids and equipment. We know how vital they are to giving you a full and happy life after injury.

That’s why we frequently campaign to raise awareness of the needs of our clients with various disabilities. And we’ll continue to fight to improve the lives of everyone in the SCI community. It’s for this reason we’re so proud to work with, and support, the invaluable work of Spinal Injuries Association.

Putting you first

We’re available 24/7 and offer exceptional flexibility. We know that you – and your loved ones – need us to be flexible so we can meet your needs as we progress your case.

Our services

Contact us for a free, no obligation chat. We’ll listen to what happened to you or your loved one. If we think we can help, we’ll investigate your claim and discover who might be responsible for your injury – whether by accident or through medical negligence.

We’ll secure interim payments as promptly as possible, to support your rehabilitation needs at the earliest opportunity. Including arranging for an immediate needs assessment. We can also review your eligibility for benefits.

We act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, and can represent clients in England and Wales.

A client’s story

We represented a teenager who became paralysed during an operation to correct scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. This case was strongly defended by the NHS Trust. We fought on tenaciously and successfully secured a settlement of £5.3 million for our client. A whole family’s life changes when someone they love sustains a spinal cord injury. We go the extra mile to ensure everyone gets the support they need. 

We fought on tenaciously and successfully secured a settlement of £5.3 million for our client

One of our clients said about a solicitor in the spinal injury team:

She stood out as being able to deliver a professional service whilst being able to balance a personal, approachable rapport required when dealing with Victoria and our family. Nothing seemed too much trouble when dealing with this complex case and she went the extra mile

Steve, father to C5/C6 tetraplegic client

Meet the team

Victoria Oliver

Victoria Oliver

partner and head of the spinal injury team

Victoria specialises in acting for adults and children who have suffered spinal injuries either as a result of personal injury (including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, occupier’s liability claims and fatal accidents) or medical negligence involving both NHS and private clinicians. She has frequently recovered multimillion-pound settlements for her clients.

Legal 500, 2024  ‘Victoria Oliver is a partner of the utmost skill, integrity and empathy. She blends tactical acumen with compassion in a way that is unique.’

Alex Dabek

Alex Dabek

senior associate

Alex specialises in complex claims involving spinal cord injuries, particularly those sustained as a result of clinical negligence. Alex has represented many vulnerable clients, including those who lack mental capacity and children. She’s secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers special interest group for spinal cord Injuries. Alex has a particular interest in cauda equina syndrome (CES) cases, and achieved a £1 million settlement for a client who developed CES following surgery.

Legal 500, 2024  ‘I am big fan of Alex Dabek who is astonishingly thorough and meticulous in everything she does, leaving no stone unturned.’

Gaggan Mawi

Gaggan Mawi

senior associate in military claims team

Gaggan specialises in complex and catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence claims for serving and former military personnel and their families. She has extensive experience in high value complex clinical negligence claims involving spinal surgery, missed and delayed diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome, amputation cases and pain cases involving mistakes made both by civilian doctors/hospitals and the Ministry of Defence’s medical teams.

Gaggan Mawi is listed in the Legal 500 as a ‘Key Lawyer’.


Rhiannon Daniel

Rhiannon Daniel

senior associate

Rhiannon specialises in acting for people who’ve sustained a spinal cord injury. She’s achieved spinal injury settlements of £5m in relation to an accident at work after a client fell through a ceiling void. She also secured £1.3m for a client who underwent an operation without proper consent. Rhiannon has a particular interest in how to improve the health of women with a spinal cord injury.

Legal 500 quote – ‘Rhiannon Daniel is a very capable, no-nonsense lawyer who works with dynamism and energy. She balances this really well with empathy for her clients and gets great results for them.’ 

Tom Lax

Tom Lax

senior associate

Tom is an expert in clinical negligence cases against NHS Trusts, GPs and private doctors, and in personal injury claims such as road traffic accidents. He’s passionate about the positive impact a successful claim can have on people with spinal injuries. He’s been instrumental in setting up comprehensive rehabilitation packages for his clients in the past. Inspired by his work, Tom is now involved with numerous charities in an aim to make society better for all injured people.

Legal 500 quote – ‘Tom Lax is an excellent associate who is thorough, thoughtful and absolutely on top of his cases. He builds really solid relationships with his clients and will leave no stone unturned order to get the best possible outcome for them.’