About Jonathan Wheeler
Jonathan qualified in Liverpool in 1993, cutting his teeth on a caseload of tripping claims against the local council. He joined London firm Bolt Burdon Kemp five years later, becoming a partner in 2003. Formerly head of the personal injury and child abuse compensation teams, he is due to take over as managing partner in April 2017.
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.
A Law Society Personal Injury Panel member and an APIL fellow, Jonathan was elected to APIL’s executive committee in 2008, and served as APIL's President in 2015-2016. He is also a member of FOCIS, the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors, ACAL, the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, and the Human Rights Lawyers Association. He sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Personal Injury Law, and is a founder member of the Law Society's LGBT Division. He trains lawyers both within his firm and externally, and whilst he is often asked for comment in the trade and national press, he also moonlights as a story-line consultant for a well known BBC soap.
Reported cases include:
Y v Wandsworth London Borough Council  All ER (D) 203 (Apr) – established the vicarious liability of a local education authority in relation to a teacher abusing a pupil off school premises and out of school time (Court of Appeal).
A v Hoare & related appeals  1 AC 844 – landmark case on limitation time periods for child abuse claims (House of Lords).
Pierce v Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council  1 FLR 1189 – first case where damages were awarded for the failure to retain a child in care by a local authority (Court of Appeal).
BJM v Eyre & others  All ER (D) 139 (Nov) – substantial damages awarded in a case where a child was abducted and sold into prostitution (High Court, Leeds).
Telephone: 020 7288 4837 (switchboard 020 7288 4800).