Olya Melnitchouk has considerable experience in acting for manufacturers and insurers faced with product liability claims.
She has acted for clients in the pharmaceutical and health care sectors in various product liability disputes involving medicines, medical devices and other consumer products. She has been involved in high profile multi-party product liability actions, including the MMR vaccine litigation. She also advises insurers and pharmaceutical companies with respect to claims arising out of clinical trials.
Olya provides advice to clients in relation to UK and European regulatory requirements concerning safety and liability for products across various industry sectors, ranging from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to food, electrical appliances, toys and clothing. Olya can also advise clients on the applicable advertising laws, codes and sanctions, and she has provided strategic advice to medical device clients with respect to competitor advertising claims.
In addition, she has extensive experience defending personal injury claims, ranging from small claims to those involving catastrophic injuries. She is experienced in defending product liability, employers' liability and public liability claims involving a personal injury element. She has also acted on behalf of medical defence organisations, public and private hospitals, and individual health care professionals in a variety of clinical negligence and professional conduct matters.
Olya has also published many articles in the field of product liability and medical law.
She is ranked in the Legal 500 and is listed as a ‘Next Generation’ lawyer in the 2017 and 2018 editions. The Legal 500 2018 edition states Olya is "destined for great heights" and "oozes efficiency and legal skill".