Joshua Hughes, Partner in the Complex Injury Team, Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors Joshua Hughes, Partner in the Complex Injury Team, Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors

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Joshua is a Partner and Head of Bolt Burdon Kemp’s Complex Injury team.

Since qualification in 2012, Joshua has specialised solely in representing Claimants who have sustained serious injuries in a variety of circumstances; from road traffic accidents, to accidents at work to injuries caused in a healthcare setting.  Working on behalf of both adults and children, he has developed considerable expertise across both complex accident and medical negligence claims.

Joshua has a particular interest and proven track record for acting for clients who have sustained life-changing orthopaedic injuries including upper and lower limb amputations as well as claims involving fatalities.  From a medical negligence perspective, Joshua is experienced in successfully litigating contested misdiagnosis, women’s health and surgical negligence claims against private hospitals, NHS Trusts and GPs. In 2020 the Legal 500 describe Joshua as a “name to note” with respect to orthopaedic claims.

In recent times, Joshua has also developed a particular interest in the emergence of automation claims which encompass injuries involving semi and fully autonomous vehicles as well as robotic surgery claims.

Notable cases

In 2020, Joshua secured a compensation award for his client in excess of £1 million pounds for injuries sustained by an NHS employee whilst working as a mental health practitioner.

Joshua is currently engaged in litigation regarding a hot air balloon accident under the Montreal Convention and a high value construction claim involving a fall from height at a well-known development in London.

In 2019, Joshua secured an award in excess of £500,000 for a gentleman who underwent a lower limb amputation arising from a delayed diagnosis of leg ischaemia in a case against the NHS and £200,000 for a young woman who sustained multiple orthopaedic injuries when she was hit by a vehicle whilst out walking which was likely to impact on her job as a veterinary nurse.

Other notable settlements in recent years include a settlement in excess of £10 million pounds for a junior doctor who sustained spinal cord injuries in a motorway collision and a £5 million pound settlement for a young man who suffered a traumatic brain injury whilst a passenger in a road collision.

In a difficult medical negligence claim Joshua represented a young lady in a case against the NHS which had failed to diagnose a rare gynaecological congenital abnormality.  Despite complexities around who was to blame and how the negligence had affected his client, Joshua was able to show that his client’s career had been adversely affected by the hospital’s failings, and went on to negotiate a favourable compensation award for her.

Joshua also acted for the parents of an infant who tragically died in childbirth.  The claim involved complex arguments as to whether the hospital’s negligence had caused or contributed to the death.

Bolt Burdon Kemp is a major supporter of the brain injury charity Headway.  Up until 2017, Joshua held the position of Trustee and Company Secretary at the charity’s Salisbury & South Wiltshire branch. Since this time, Joshua has worked proudly with, and alongside, the Limbless Association – a nationwide charity that provide support to amputees and the limb-loss community.

Joshua is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is an accredited Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He attends several APIL special interest groups covering transport, product liability, medical negligence and Costs.

Media & Publications

Joshua has appeared live on BBC TV and radio regarding medical negligence claims and claims involving allergic reactions and regularly appears in publications as an expert on personal injury claims such as the Solicitors Journal, the Insurance Times and the Law Gazette.

A Contemporary Danger On Trial – Solicitors Journal

The new frontier of e-scooters must be regulated – The Times

No space for shortcuts – British Safety Council

‘Precautionary steps save lives’: Why child farm safety is of growing importance – Farmers Guardian

This is what to do if you suffer an injury while on holiday abroad – Sheffield Telegraph

This is what to do if you suffer an injury while on holiday abroad – Hartlepool Mail

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – accredited Senior Litigator
  • Coordinator of APIL’s Transport special interest group
  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • We were so happy with the service from everyone in the team and really pleased with the result.  Everyone was so nice even though it was not an easy case.  Josh and Ben were the best.  Any problems were dealt with really well, it was stressful but they made it…
  • Josh was really nice to me and very patient.  The service I received was brilliant and I would highly recommend the firm, particularly to anyone suffering from the same pain condition that I have – CRPS.  Susie in the costs team was also brilliant.
  • I am writing this e-mail to you to express my sincere thanks for the great support your organisation gave to us  during this long “journey”.  I would have to say both Josh and Ben have been wonderful with the support, understanding and communication over the period.  They faced the time…

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