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Clinical negligence.


Olive is a healthcare lawyer specialising in the field of clinical negligence. She is a former registered nurse and is committed to acting on behalf of claimants in a wide variety of complex cases. Her clients include but not limited to: those who have been left paralysed following brain injury and spinal cord injury; those who have suffered injury following failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome; those who have suffered injury as a result of failure to treat endocarditis; children who have suffered cerebral palsy.

Olive regularly takes on cases with complex medical issues. She has settled claims involving those have suffered damage as a result  of drug toxicity; she has recovered six figure sums for women who have been left  with 3rd and 4th degree tears following delivery, and she has represented families at inquests.

Olive recently settled a claim in excess of £11 million on behalf of a woman who suffered brain damage; she settled a claim in excess of £16 million on behalf of a woman who suffered spinal cord injury from undiagnosed TB meningitis;  a six figure sum on behalf of the family of a woman who died following bilateral amputations as a result of failure to adequately treat her atrial fibrillation; and recently settled a claim for £2.5 million on behalf of an 82 year old client who suffered paraplegia following failure to diagnose a post-operative epidural haematoma.

Olive had a successful outcome on behalf of the Claimant in Hassell v Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust, on the issue of informed consent where the claimant suffered a serious spinal cord injury after  a surgeon failed to inform her of the risk of paralysis. The Claimant recovered £4.4 million at Trial.

Olive has given presentations to a wide variety of medical experts.

Olive joined Leigh Day in 1991, becoming a partner in 1998. Olive is assisted by Charlotte Cooper and Emily Baker.


Qualified as a solicitor in 1990; Leigh Day 1991, partner 1998.
Qualified as a registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1982.


Action Against Medical Accidents; APIL; SIA and “I have Cauda Equina”


Economics degree; CPE; and the Law Society finals course.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

The ‘premier team of clinical negligence lawyers‘ at Leigh Day bring their ‘unrivalled breadth and depth of experience‘ to an ‘exceptional caseload‘, which spans birth, brain and spinal injuries, as well as fatal claims. In recent highlights, the firm was successful in obtaining the largest known settlement for a child suffering from cerebral palsy. Suzanne White is the ‘brilliant ‘ head of the practice, and is also the firm’s inquest partner, and has extensive experience representing families at inquests. Olive Lewin‘s dual qualification sees her taking on the most complex medical cases, including cardiac surgery cases where patients have become brain damaged. Also notable is ‘excellent tactical thinkerSanja Strkljevic, whose work covers obstetric and surgical care, as well as delayed diagnoses and amputations.