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Background

Oliver May

Call: 2018

Oliver May specialises in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, and Inquests. He practises from No5’s London office in Savoy Court.

Oliver has been instructed in cases at all levels of the civil courts in England and Wales, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Most notably, Oliver appeared before the Supreme Court in the landmark case of Paul & Anor v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2024] UKSC 1, led by Henry Pitchers KC. Oliver has recently been instructed as part of the team of counsel to the inquest for HM Coroner’s Investigations and Inquests into the Deaths of the Patients of Ian Paterson, led by Jonathan Jones KC.

In addition to court work, Oliver has a busy paperwork practice. He is experienced at drafting advice, pleadings, and inter partes correspondence.

 

Alongside his practice, Oliver is a committed advocate for equality and diversity. Oliver’s contributions have included being a founding member and former Chair of Neurodiversity in Law, a member of the BSB Race Equality Task Force, and the Bar Council’s Disability Panel. Oliver efforts were recognised with his nomination for Future Leader: Diversity & Inclusion at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards 2021. While Oliver was Chair of Neurodiversity in Law it was a finalist for two awards at the Women and Diversity in Law Awards 2023.

Expertise

Clinical Negligence

Oliver’s practice includes all areas of Clinical Negligence. He accepts instructions from both claimants and defendants.

Oliver regularly leads conferences with experts, often involving nuanced factual matrices and complex medical causation. He is experienced in drafting advice and pleadings in cases concerning delayed or missed diagnosis, surgical complications, abuse, and psychiatric injury. Oliver has considerable experience of the appellate courts for a barrister of his call.

Oliver is happy to accept instructions for, inter alia:

  • advising in conference;
  • written advice on liability;
  • written advice on quantum;
  • drafting pleadings;
  • drafting schedules or counter schedules of loss;
  • CMCs and CCMCs;
  • interim hearings; and
  • trials.

Notable Clinical Negligence Cases


Paul & Anor v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2024] UKSC 1

Personal Injury

Oliver practice includes all areas of Personal iInjury. He accepts instructions from both claimants and defendants.

Oliver has a busy court and paperwork practices. Oliver appears in trials and interim hearings on a weekly basis. He has extensive experience of claims in which fundamental dishonesty is alleged.

Oliver has a particular interest in claims involving unusual or complex causes of action. He has extensive experience of claims under the Animals Act 1971, and of claims involving psychiatric injury and/or secondary victims. Oliver has considerable experience of the appellate courts for a barrister of his call.

Oliver is happy to accept instructions for, inter alia:

  • advising in conference;
  • written advice on liability;
  • written advice on quantum;
  • drafting pleadings;
  • drafting schedules or counter schedules of loss;
  • CMCs and CCMCs;
  • interim hearings; and
  • trials.

Notable Personal Injury Cases


Paul & Anor v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2024] UKSC 1

Related News, Resources and Events

News


Secondary Victims – A New Era

In Brief With the judgement of the Supreme Court in the case known as Paul & Anor v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2024] UKSC 1…

News


The horse and hound: Koetsier v Thomas & Another [2023] EWHC 2483 (KB)

Mr Koetsier (C) brought a claim following an accident in which he fell from a horse and suffered a spinal injury. The claim was brought…

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  • Future Leader: Diversity & Inclusion (Nominee), Chambers and Partners (2021)
  • Peter Rawlinson Memorial Prize for Advocacy, Inner Temple (2016)
  • BPTC Exhibition Award, Inner Temple (2016)
  • GDL Exhibition Award, Inner Temple (2015)
  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
  • Neurodiversity in Law
  • Bar Council, Elected Member
  • Bar Standards Board Race Equality Taskforce, Member
  • Neurodiversity in Law, Vice Chair
  • BPTC, Very Competent, BPP University (2018)
  • GDL, Commendation, BPP University (2016)
  • BSc (Hons) Economics and Politics, University of Bath (2013)

Related News, Resources and Events

News


Secondary Victims – A New Era

In Brief With the judgement of the Supreme Court in the case known as Paul & Anor v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2024] UKSC 1…

News


The horse and hound: Koetsier v Thomas & Another [2023] EWHC 2483 (KB)

Mr Koetsier (C) brought a claim following an accident in which he fell from a horse and suffered a spinal injury. The claim was brought…

View all related news

Clerk Team

William Theaker

Practice Director, Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury

williamt@no5.com

07494 070989

Clare Radburn

Practice Director, Family, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

clarer@no5.com

07809 407950

Pete Mottram

Practice Manager, Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury (Multi-Track)

peterm@no5.com

Matthew Reeves

Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury (Multi Track) and Regulatory Clerk

matthewr@no5.com

Tracey Witherford

Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury (Multi-Track) Clerk

traceyw@no5.com

Morgan Smith

Clinical Negligence (Multi-Track) & Personal Injury Clerk

morgans@no5.com

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