Partner, Clinical Negligence & Personal injury

Oliver Chapman

Oliver has specialised in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation since qualifying as a solicitor in 2009.

He is recognised by Chambers UK as ‘an astute and intellectually brilliant lawyer with a real passion for achieving justice for his clients’ and by The Legal 500 as an ‘impressive and tenacious’ litigator who is ‘kind, understanding and patient.’

He is accredited by the Law Society for personal injury work, is a ‘senior litigator’ of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a legal adviser to a local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Oliver Chapman

Specialisms & expertise

  • Oliver has experience in all aspects of personal injury including occupiers' and employers' liability, road traffic accidents, highway, sports injury and Animals Act cases and harassment in the workplace. Oliver is frequently instructed in personal injury cases involving:
  • Traumatic brain injuries of varying severity
  • Serious orthopaedic and spinal injuries
  • Functional neurological disorders
  • Audio-vestibular injury
  • Injuries to internal organs
  • Burns and scarring
  • Psychiatric injuries including post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Mesothelioma, asbestosis and/or pleural thickening further to asbestos exposure.
  • His clinical negligence work has involved a wide range of medical accidents in areas including:
  • Accident and emergency
  • Care of the elderly
  • Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • General practice
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic and spinal surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Nursing
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery.

Examples of work

Mr M (a protected party by EF, his litigation friend) -v- British Telecommunications plc [2015] EWHC 532 (QB)

JK v LM [2023]

Mr M (a protected party by EF, his litigation friend) -v- British Telecommunications plc [2015] EWHC 532 (QB)

HM -v- King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2018]

SF -v- University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust [2022]

JD -v- JW [2022]

IC -v- PM [2017]

WX -v- YZ [2020]

PH -v- Albert E Reed and Co. Limited and Reed Paper Group Limited [2016]

RM -v- A Private Orthopaedic Surgeon [2020]

PB, VN and RN -v- DR [2014]

AB -v- CD [2015]

Achievements & other appointments

  • Recommended in Chambers UK
  • Recommended in The Legal 500
  • Law Society accredited personal injury solicitor
  • APIL accredited senior litigator.


Oliver Chapman, Chambers 2024 The Legal 500 Next Generation Partner Law Society - Accreditation Personal Injury logo APIL senior litigator PI


Oliver graduated with a BA (Hons) History from the University of Sheffield (2004). He gained his Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, London (2005) and his Legal Practice Course, College of Law in London (2006).

Oliver joined Thomson Snell & Passmore in 2007 and qualified as a solicitor in the clinical negligence and personal injury department in September 2009. He was made a partner in 2019.

Before joining Thomson Snell & Passmore, Oliver spent several years working as a carer for both children and adults with special needs. Having spent a year as a live-in carer for a young man with cerebral palsy, he gained valuable insight into the care, equipment and accommodation elements of high-value cases.