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Olinga Tahzib

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.

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)

Olinga Tahzib is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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