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Olive Lewin


Olive is an experienced healthcare lawyer who has specialised in the field for more than 25 years, having previously trained as a nurse

Birth injury Cerebral palsy Amputation Surgical negligence Spinal injury Brain injury Misdiagnosis

Olive has significant and extensive experience of assisting those with complex and high-value clinical negligence claims. 

She has been ranked by the two leading legal directories as a recommended lawyer in the area of clinical negligence for many years as she is a specialist known for her work on complex injury claims.

These have included (but are not limited to) claims involving cauda equinaspinal cord injurycerebral palsybrain damagecardiac surgery; undiagnosed TB meningitis; septicaemia;  cerebral palsy;   undiagnosed endocarditis; drug toxicity;  anaesthetic negligence; 3rd and 4th degree perineal tears; thrombosis and pulmonary embolism; amputation.

In 2021 Olive was invited to join the expert inquiry panel investigating racial injustice in maternity care by human rights charity Birthrights.

One of the best solicitors I have ever worked with. Has extensive experience in medical negligence work, very thorough and detailed, and achieves excellent outcomes for the client."

Tony Sirimanna, Consultant Audiological Physician at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.


Legal expertise

  • Hassell v Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where Olive was the solicitor instructed on behalf of the claimant. This was a significant claim on the issue of consent in a spinal cord injury claim. The claimant recovered in excess of £4.4 million. 
  • A settlement for £1 million where a young mother died as a result of missed sepsis within 24 hours of delivering her baby. 
  • A settlement for £16 million for a client who suffered spinal cord injury (tetraplegia) following undiagnosed TB meningitis
  • A settlement for in excess of £11,000,000 for a client who suffered brain damage following an anaesthetic error. 
  • A claim for £750,000 on behalf of a client who was left with neurological problems following Lithium Toxicity


Olive is a member of the Spinal Injuries Association, AvMA and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

She is a formidable litigator and utterly committed to her clients."

Chambers and partners 2021

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Defocussed Hospital Corridor
Spinal injury Paralysis Consent Montgomery

Woman awarded £4.4m after not being made aware of the risk of paralysis from surgery

Multi-million pound settlement for woman who had not given informed consent, as she was not made fully aware of the risks related to the surgery which resulted in her paralysis

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Surgery + Drip
Brain injury

Woman secures compensation in excess of £11million for brain damage suffered after operation

A woman has secured a lump sum compensation payment in excess of £11 million, to cover the 24-hour care she now needs after suffering brain damage following an operation to repair her Achilles tendon.

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Sarcoma Cancer misdiagnosis Misdiagnosis

Settlement secured on behalf of woman whose health concerns were ignored

Family secures six-figure sum of compensation after woman died from a sarcoma