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Olinga Tahzib

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Olinga is a civil practitioner specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment disputes and in public inquiries.

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.

Personal Injury

Olinga acts for claimants and defendants. His caseload encompasses a range of personal injury actions, including road traffic accidents, claims under the Highways Act and Occupiers Liability Act, as well as asbestos and noise induced hearing loss claims. He is also instructed in claims arising from sexual and physical abuse and neglect. Olinga is highly numerate and is adept at drafting complex schedules of loss.

Recent cases include:

A v B
Catastrophic injury case arising from a motorbike accident involving a young claimant. Capitalised value in the order of £15 million. Issues of ex-turpi causa and contributory negligence (led by Christopher Gibson QC). Claim settled in 2020.

FXF v AB & CD
Claim arising from sexual and emotional abuse of professional athlete. Includes allegations of mishandling of complaints by the responsible national sporting institutions (led by James Counsell QC).

AB v a London Borough
Acting unled for the claimant in a tripping case in which significant and permanent injuries were sustained. Losses in excess of £150,000. Liability in dispute.

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 and 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 and ors
Acting for 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. Claim settled in 2020.

A, B, C v A County Council
Acting for three children in a failure to remove case. Claim in negligence and under the Human Rights Act. Advising on the impact of the Supreme Court decision in Poole. Case ongoing.

HW v A Student Union
Successfully represented the claimant at trial in a tripping case in which the claimant sustained a significant injury.

Clinical Negligence

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)

AB v an NHS Trust
Birth injury case in which the claimant sustained hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Liability compromised. Full liability value in excess of £8 million. Drafted schedule of loss (led by Christopher Gibson QC)

MJ v an NHS Trust
Acting for a semi-professional footballer in a claim involving alleged failure to treat an ACL knee injury, resulting in a further permanent and career-ending injury. Significant claim for loss of earnings. Case ongoing.

HB v an NHS Trust
Acting for a young claimant in a claim arising from failure to diagnose testicular torsion. Causation in issue. Pleaded value in excess of £100,000. Case ongoing.

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.

International Injury & Travel

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. Claim settled in 2019.

Public Inquiries & Inquests

Since September 2017, Olinga has been instructed as one of a team of counsel working on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the largest ever public inquiry in the UK. Olinga has been involved in three strands of the Inquiry.

Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings
Olinga has assisted with advising the Chair and Panel since very start of the investigation, including in the determination of its scope. His work has involved the examination of hundreds of thousands of pages of documentary evidence. Olinga appeared in the three week public hearings in May and August 2020, during which he examined various witnesses. He is presently advising the Chair and Panel in relation to the report.

Nottinghamshire Councils
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. The report was published in July 2019.

Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church
Olinga appeared in the three week public hearing in March 2018 examining the abuse of children within the Diocese of Chichester. He was responsible for overseeing the management of the Rule 10 process during the hearing. A report addressing two case studies within this investigation was published by the Inquiry in May 2019.

Inquests
Olinga has wide ranging experience in inquests and regularly represents families and NHS Trusts.

Employment & Discrimination

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:

VM v Ocado Central Services Ltd
Acted in for the respondent in a 5-day trial involving claims of discrimination arising from disability, failure to make reasonable adjustments and unfair dismissal. All claims were dismissed.

MO v ISS Facility Services Ltd
Successfully represented the respondent in a 3-day final hearing involving a misconduct dismissal after the claimant used his mobile phone whilst on duty as a security guard. The claimant’s claim for constructive unfair dismissal was dismissed.

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. Claim dismissed.

DM 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. Tribunal 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.

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

Appointments & Memberships

  • Free Representation Unit
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL)

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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