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Leigh Day
27 Goswell Road
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Work Department

Clinical negligence.


Olive has been considered one of the leading lawyers in the field of clinical negligence for many years. She is a former registered nurse who acts on behalf of claimants in a wide variety of complex cases. ​  ​She has recovered multi-million pound settlements for clients who have suffered brain damage; cerebral palsy; spinal cord injury, and neurological injury as a result of lithium and gentamicin toxicity. Olive has also recovered substantial damages for clients who have suffered endocarditis, and clients who have suffered 3rd and 4th degree tears.   ​ Olive was the solicitor instructed for the claimant in Hassell v Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust on the issue of informed consent and recovered in excess of £4.4 million for her client.


Olive joined Leigh Day in 1991, becoming a partner in 1998.


Olive has advised the British Cardiology Society on Human Rights for the 5th UK Cardiology Review. She is a member of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Olive is also on the panels of the Spinal Injuries Association, and the Cauda Equina Champions. She is also an Expert panel member on the Birthrights Enquiry on “Racial Injustice in Maternity Care. ”


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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals)

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‘Inspirational leader’ and ‘absolute marvel’ Suzanne White heads up the clinical negligence team at Leigh Day. The practice stands out for its foundation of female-only partners; the team’s ‘Women’s Rights in Healthcare’ event – which is aimed at pushing policy change – is in its fourth year and brings such prominent issues as domestic abuse, endometriosis, perineal injury and abortion to the forefront of professional conversation. The team’s expertise spans the most complex and difficult cases, including brain injury; spinal injury, led by Olive Lewin; birth complications; and catastrophic and fatal claims, often worth multi-millions in value. In addition, practitioners are active in a uniquely high number of inquests. Emmalene Bushnell specialises in maternity scandal cases, while Maria Panteli notably acted for ten claimants in the high profile Ian Paterson case recently. Other recommended partners include Despina Kavadas and Sanja Strkljevic. The team is developing – the recently promoted Matt Westlake is one to watch, as is recent recruit Amy Chater, who joined from Freeths LLP in April 2022.