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Oliver Lewis specialises in public law and human rights, with a focus on disability and mental health.


Oliver appears regularly in the Court of Protection in health and welfare cases, where he is instructed by the Official Solicitor, family members or public bodies. He has built up a particular expertise in cases concerning people with learning disabilities, autism or alcohol dependence and cases with allegations of abuse or neglect and cases involving complex family dynamics. He delivers training to social workers and allied practitioners on confident Court of Protection practice.

In inquests, Oliver represents families and other interested persons in cases where the death took place in detention or in cases that concern medical, mental health or capacity issues. In the area of mental health law, he has appeared in the Upper Tribunal on appeals from the First-tier Tribunal. He has a growing judicial review and Human Rights Act claims practice. In May 2019 he was appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel.

Having spent 15 years working in international human rights law before returning to the UK bar in 2017, Oliver has experience litigating at the European Court of Human Rights as well as conducting advocacy before UN and Council of Europe bodies. He has particular expertise in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, having participated in its drafting. Oliver is currently instructed by the United Nations Development Programme to develop guidelines on political participation of people with intellectual disabilities or psychosocial disabilities.

Oliver holds a part-time position as Professor of Law and Social Justice at the School of Law at the University of Leeds, where he is a member of the University’s Centre for Disability Studies. He teaches on the LLB and LLM disability law modules and convenes the LLM module on global human rights advocacy. Having grown up in Bristol, he is proud to be a trustee of the Bristol Law Centre.




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PhD, international human rights law, University of Leiden
MA Medical Ethics and Law, King’s College London
MPA, Open University Business School
LLB (Hons), LSE