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Olinga is a civil practitioner specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment disputes.
Before joining Chambers, 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.
Olinga has a wide ranging personal injury practice. He advises, drafts pleadings and regularly appears in court hearings, including costs and case management hearings and infant settlement approval hearings. He has experience with a wide range of personal injury actions, including RTAs, claims under the Highways Act and Occupiers Liability Act, as well as asbestos and noise induced hearing loss claims. Olinga is highly numerate and is adept at drafting complex schedules of loss. Recent cases include:
A v B
Catastrophic injury case arising from an RTA involving a young claimant. Capitalised value in excess of £15 million (led by Christopher Gibson QC).
DH v SB Ltd
Acting unled for the claimant in brain injury case involving a young man who fell three metres onto a concrete floor whilst insulating a loft. Claim settled in 2019.
DC v TL & Ors
Acting for the claimant in a complex NIHL claim against five defendants involving issues of de minimis loss and losses at 4 kHz.
F v M & Ors
Advised the claimant in a Fatal Accident Act claim in which the deceased developed lung cancer following asbestos exposure in the course of his work with several employers.
HW v A Student Union
Successfully represented the claimant at trial in a tripping case in which the claimant sustained a significant injury.
JK v ER
Advised on quantum in a case involving a child who suffered an amputation of his left index finger on a log splitter.
In addition to domestic claims, Olinga has experience of cases with an international element or where injuries are sustained abroad. Recent cases include:
AP v M
Acting for the claimant in a claim involving a serious RTA which took place in Italy.
JB v HCA
Acting for the claimant in a claim involving an RTA which took place in Germany.
HW v GLBR
Advised on a case involving a child claimant who suffered a significant wrist injury whilst cycling in France as a result of a collision with a car. Claim settled in 2018.
JD v B
Acting for the claimant in a personal injury claim under the Package Travel Regulations involving an accident at a hotel in Barbados. Claimed settled in 2019.
Olinga has a wide ranging clinical negligence practice. He has experience of cases spanning a range of areas of clinical specialism. He advises, drafts pleadings and attends court hearings, including costs and case management and interim hearings. Olinga is highly numerate and is adept at drafting complex schedules of loss. Recent cases include:
Combination Metal-on-Metal Hip Prosthesis Litigation
Acting for c.25 claimants who bring claims against a number of NHS Trusts and individual surgeons arising out of the practice of ‘mixing and matching’ total hip replacement component parts (led by Christopher Gibson QC).
HF v an NHS Trust
Acting for an NHS Trust, unled, in a case pleaded at £500,000+ involving allegedly negligent hand surgery. Case ongoing.
RM v an NHS Trust
Acting for the claimant in a wrongful birth case in which the claimant, who was HIV positive, fell pregnant whilst protected by a contraceptive implant following a failure by the defendant to advise of the risk of drug interactions. Claim settled in 2018.
OL v an NHS Trust
Acting for the claimant in a Fatal Accident Act case involving delayed diagnosis of cancer. Achieved significant settlement pre-issue in 2018.
MM v an NHS Trust
Acting for the claimant in a delayed diagnosis of cancer case involving bladder cancer. Conducted pre-action conference with experts and drafted Particulars of Claim. Case ongoing.
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, the largest ever public inquiry in the UK.
Olinga was originally instructed in the investigation into the Anglican Church and appeared as of one of the junior counsel to Fiona Scolding QC in the three week public hearing in March 2018. Olinga was subsequently instructed in the investigation into the Nottinghamshire Councils, which examined the abuse of children in residential and foster care across Nottinghamshire, as well as harmful sexual behaviour between children in care across the county. Olinga appeared in the three week public hearings in October 2018 and assisted in advising the Chair and Panel of the Inquiry in relation to the report.
Olinga is currently instructed on the latest investigation to be launched as part of the Inquiry: the investigation into child protection in religious organisations and settings. A public hearing in this investigation is due to take place in March 2020.
Olinga’s work on the Inquiry has involved careful analysis of vast quantities of documentary evidence and complements his personal injury and clinical negligence practice.
Olinga has wide ranging experience in inquests and regularly represents families and NHS Trusts.
Olinga has a busy employment practice, which involves advising and representing claimants and respondents in Employment Tribunal hearings. He frequently undertakes multi day Tribunal hearings against more senior counsel. Olinga’s clients have included FTSE 100 companies, major banks as well as public sector organisations. Olinga also regularly acts for individuals and unions. He is one of a team of standing counsel to the British Association of Journalists.
Olinga’s experience with personal injury disputes assists him in cases where the actions or inactions of employers have resulted in injury to claimants – psychiatric or otherwise.
Recent cases include:
A v Corporate Officer of House of Lords
Advised on and pleaded a reasonable adjustments claim for a disabled employee of the House of Lords. Claim settled on favourable terms following judicial mediation.
WL v Santander UK Plc
Successfully represented Santander UK Plc in defending a claim for unfair dismissal on jurisdictional grounds.
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 representing the 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.
A Police Force
Advising on the implications of Griffiths  EWCA Civ 1265 for a police force’s attendance management policy (assisting James Arnold).
Olinga has experience advising and representing clients in a wide range of commercial and civil disputes. Olinga’s recent experience 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.
SC v CC Ltd
Advised on the viability of a claim for breach of contract following a dispute arising out of a significant generation and appointment making marketing project.
Successfully represented a corporate claimant in multiple claims for unpaid covenant charges under contracts for the sale of land.
AT v A Company
Defended a company specialising in pursuing compensation claims in cases of mis-selling and misrepresentation of timeshares in a breach of contract claim.
Olinga has experience in a range of public law matters. He has experience of drafting grounds of resistance in immigration cases on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department. Aside from this, 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
- Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL)
- 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)
- Spanish (intermediate)
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Areas of Law
- Personal Injury
- Clinical Negligence
- Public Law
- Employment & Discrimination
- Commercial & Chancery
- Pensions & Trusts
- Disciplinary & Regulatory