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Oliver is a human rights lawyer focusing on healthcare law and disability rights.

Oliver’s public law practice involves judicial reviews of state actions, as well as Human Rights Act claims. He is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel.

His practice includes negligence and other claims involving failures by organisations to provide adequate care and support. His cases often have a discrimination angle under the Equality Act 2010. He has experience conducting confidential independent investigations for healthcare entities.


In inquests, Oliver represents interested persons where the death touches on healthcare or disability issues. He is on the counsel team instructed by the “Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice” in the forthcoming national Covid public inquiry.

Appearing regularly in the Court of Protection, Oliver represents a range of local authorities, healthcare bodies, the Official Solicitor and family members. Oliver has represented restricted patients in the Mental Health Tribunal and has appeared in the Upper Tribunal.

Oliver is a member of Doughty Street International, focusing on children’s rights and disability rights. He spent 15 years in Budapest working in international human rights law before returning to the UK Bar in 2017. He has experience litigating at the European Court of Human Rights as well as conducting advocacy before UN and Council of Europe bodies. He participated in the negotiation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and has written widely on its implementation.

Oliver is Visiting Professor of Law and Social Justice at the School of Law at the University of Leeds. He is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Respond, a national charity that helps people with learning disabilities who have experienced trauma, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bristol Law Centre.




Inner Temple


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

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Oliver LewisDoughty Street Chambers ‘Very friendly and compassionate to clients, being approachable and understanding, which is so important in an inquest context; and a collaborative approach which means all issues are examined and resolved where possible.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Oliver Lewis Doughty Street Chambers ‘Oliver is good at cutting through complexity to get to the legal heart of the matter and good at truly understanding the complexity of the case. His advocacy is very clear, focused and extremely-well informed.’