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Oliver Longstaff

Called 1999

Having previously practised for nine years as a solicitor in London with two leading clinical negligence firms, Oliver was called to the Bar in 1999, and joined the then Park Lane Chambers in 2002.

Oliver Longstaff takes a 'highly client-centred approach'.

Legal 500 2011
Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence
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Oliver continues to specialise in clinical negligence cases, acting for both patients and healthcare professionals.

He is an experienced advocate at inquests, where the cases in which he has appeared have involved industrial disease, deaths in custody, and deaths due to potential clinical negligence.

Costs & Litigation
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Oliver has particular experience of costs litigation, having conducted many detailed assessment hearings for both paying and receiving parties.

Inquests
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Oliver is an experienced advocate at inquests, where the cases in which he has appeared have involved industrial disease, deaths in custody, and deaths due to potential clinical negligence.

Insurance
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Oliver is a member of the Chamber's credit hire team. He is strong on statutory unenforceability arguments, in particular under the Cancellation of Contracts made in the Consumer's Home or Place of Work Regulations.

Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Oliver undertakes a broad range of personal injury work, including employers & public liability cases, and road traffic litigation, where he has been widely involved in low velocity impact "LVI" cases and in credit hire. He has particular experience of costs litigation, having conducted many detailed assessment hearings for both paying and receiving parties.

Oliver is a member of the Chamber's credit hire team. He is strong on statutory unenforceability arguments, in particular under the Cancellation of Contracts made in the Consumer's Home or Place of Work Regulations.

Public & Admin Law
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 Inquests:

Outstanding court advocacy skills and sensitive handling of witnesses both in and out of court, means that our team are in demand. Many have been involved in high profile cases and we are adept at handling media interest in cases.

We offer a continuity of representations from inquests through to any civil actions for damages arising post-inquest. This helps foster strong barrister-client relationships to ensure the best possible outcome.

We have expertise in inquests and public inquiries into deaths involving:

  • Police, prison and immigration custody
  • healthcare (hospital) and GP treatment
  • psychiatric issues including those lacking capacity and or suffering from a mental disorder - occuring both in and outside psychiatric facilities
  • road traffic accidents
  • accidents at work, including industrial disease deaths
  • military personnel
  • high profile public interest cases
  • jury-led inquests
  • human rights issues
  • local authorities and social services
  • schools and other educational establishments
Recommendations
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The Legal 500 2011 - Oliver Longstaff, who takes a 'highly client-centred approach'.

Notable Cases
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In 2010, Oliver acted for the families of two out of three deceased in inquests arising out of the acquittal of a County Durham G.P. on charges of murder. The coroner concluded that the patients concerned would not have died when they did but for the administration to them of morphine, diamorphine and chlorpromazine, and described the injections of these drugs as "not clinically justified".

Other inquests in which he has appeared have included the deaths of patients (including a patient detained under the Mental Health Act 1983) in hospital and local authority care, the suicide in prison of a convicted child abuser, and a double inquest into the murder of a wife by her husband, who then killed himself. He has also acted for the families of numerous victims of asbestosis and mesothelioma.

In the civil courts, Oliver acted for the claimant in a clinical negligence trial concerning whether a decision not to treat a patient's presenting condition could be justified with reference to the House of Lords' decision in Bolitho v City and Hackney Health Authority [1997] 4 All ER 771. He also represented the claimant in a professional negligence case where the failure by a solicitor acting for a borrower to advise the loan guarantor to seek independent advice resulted in the guarantor (an elderly relative of the borrower) being at risk of losing her home.

Oliver's other notable cases include securing compensation for an adolescent boy with learning difficulties who injured himself as a consequence of being placed in inappropriate accommodation by his local authority, and quantum trials with a value in excess of £500,000.

Lectures
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Oliver has delivered lectures to solicitors on employers' liability and civil procedure (including costs and conditional fee agreements), and to audiences of senior clinicians and hospital claims managers on inquests and clinical negligence litigation.

Personal Details
Education

BA (Hons) 2:1 English, Music, Greek and Roman Civilisation, University of Durham CPE, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic

Professional Associations

Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA) Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)

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