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Olinga Tahzib

Olinga Tahzib

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Olinga joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2017 and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Before commencing pupillage, Olinga completed the Bar Professional Training Course as a Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. He was graded ‘Outstanding’, graduating top amongst all students at the Inn. Prior to this, Olinga completed his Graduate Diploma in Law with distinction at BPP Law School.

Before law, Olinga took a Double First in Physics and Philosophy as an undergraduate at Oxford University and there he also completed his Masters in the Philosophy of Physics with distinction. Whilst at Oxford, Olinga graduated top of his year in all four years of study, winning several university and college prizes and scholarships.

Employment & Discrimination

Olinga has experience advising and representing claimants and respondents in Employment Tribunal hearings spanning TUPE, unfair dismissal, discrimination, protected disclosure detriment and unpaid wages.

Recent cases include:

Mills v East Sussex NHS Trust

Represented the Claimant in an unfair dismissal claim involving the dismissal of a porter by an NHS Trust following allegations that he had sexually assaulted a patient. ET ordered reinstatement of the Claimant and awarded a sum for payment that the Claimant would have received but for his dismissal. Judgment available here.

K v NP Ltd

Judicial mediation. Represented the Claimant in a case involving disability discrimination and less favourable treatment under the Part-time Workers Regulations. Obtained favourable reference and financial settlement.

D v ECL Ltd

Case involving unfair dismissal, victimisation and indirect discrimination. Successfully resisted application to set aside default judgment.

A Police Force

Advising on the implications of Griffiths [2015] EWCA Civ 1265 for a police force’s attendance management policy (assisting James Arnold).

A large employer

Advising on the lawfulness of a range of positive action proposals (assisting James Arnold).

Pensions & Trusts

Olinga’s experience in pensions & trusts law includes:

AB v The Board of the PPF

Acted for the successful appellant in a High Court appeal from a determination of the Pension Protection Fund Ombudsman. The appeal concerned a narrow but important point of law regarding the construction of Paragraph 26 of Schedule 7 to the Pensions Act 2004 (led by David E. Grant). A summary of the judgment can be read here.

V Ltd v (1) V P T Ltd (2) KK

Rectification claim involving three deeds in a final salary pension scheme. Drafted skeleton argument on behalf of the Claimant (assisting David E. Grant).

HCL Ltd

Advising a large employer on the feasibility of using the NOW pension scheme as the scheme by which it fulfils its auto-enrolment duties (assisting Saul Margo).

Personal Injury

Olinga’s recent personal injury experience includes:

  • representing a claimant in a fast-track personal injury trial
  • appearing in infant settlement approval hearings
  • appearing in costs and case management hearings

Olinga also has experience with advisory work, including:

JK v ER

Advising on quantum in a case involving a child who suffered an amputation of his left index finger on a log splitter.

A v B

Advising on the merits of appending an Article 2 ECHR claim onto an ordinary civil claim in negligence (assisting Eliot Woolf).

Since the start of September 2017, Olinga has been instructed as one of a team of junior counsel working on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Olinga’s work on the Inquiry, which involves careful analysis of vast quantities of documentary evidence, complements his personal injury and clinical negligence practice.

Clinical Negligence

Olinga’s clinical negligence experience includes acting for a claimant in a Fatal Accident Act case involving the delayed diagnosis of cancer.

Olinga has assisted Eliot Woolf in his work on a wide variety of clinical negligence claims including spinal injury, delayed diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and various forms of bowel injury.

The work has included:

  • drafting schedules, counter-schedules and producing valuations
  • drafting expert agendas
  • preparing for and attending a number of joint settlement meetings
  • drafting particulars of claim and defences

Olinga has also assisted other members of Chambers in drafting opinions on clinical negligence matters including:

  • the prospects of a Part 20 claim in a below-knee amputation clinical negligence case
  • the scope for recovering separate accommodation costs in a clinical negligence case that had resulted in a claimant separating from his wife

Olinga also has experience with inquests, having representing a family in an Inquest involving a still-birth.

Since the start of September 2017, Olinga has been instructed as one of a team of junior counsel working on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Olinga’s work on the Inquiry, which involves careful analysis of vast quantities of documentary evidence, complements his personal injury and clinical negligence practice.

Public Law

Olinga has experience in a range of public law matters. His recent work includes:

A County Council v AG

Drafted a position statement in Court of Protection case involving an 18 year old man with diagnoses of autism and ADHD. AG had been moved from his family home to a placement which he had subsequently left following concerns about its suitability (assisting Fiona Scolding QC).

A London Borough

Advised on the question of whether the duty of aftercare under s117 MHA 1983 is engaged when a patient is given s17 MHA 1983 leave of absence (assisting Mark Mullins).

R(MR) v a London Borough

Acting for the London Borough in an application for judicial review in which the Claimant was challenging the Defendant’s failure to consider providing him with accommodation under the Care Act 2014 (assisting Mark Mullins).

Appointments & Memberships

  • Free Representation Unit
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

Awards

  • Ede & Ravenscroft Award for Student of the Year, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
  • Levitt Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2015)
  • Hardwicke Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2014)
  • Semi-Finalist, Essex Court National Mooting Competition (2014)
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2013)
  • Parker Law Scholarship, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University (2013)
  • Henry Wilde Prize, Philosophy Faculty, Oxford University (2012)
  • Academic Scholarship, Balliol College, Oxford University (2012)

Languages

  • Farsi
  • Spanish (intermediate)
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