Practice areas

Crime, Civil

Year of call: 2000


Oliver mainly specialises in criminal work, however his practice also encompasses regulatory and coronial law. Oliver is direct access accredited.

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He has acted as both leading counsel and led junior in a number of high-profile cases and appeared successfully in the Court of Appeal – in respect of both conviction and sentence – and also upon matters of judicial review.

Crime

Oliver’s primary practice is concentrated on defending those clients charged with offences of serious crime, particularly violent and gang-related crime including the possession and use of firearms, the importation and supply of class A drugs, and associated money laundering offences. He also deals with those accused of serious sexual offences. A large number of these cases have involved detailed analysis and cross-examination of experts relating to cell site evidence and mobile telephone communication data, as well as other expert forensic evidence relating to fingerprints, DNA, ballistics and drug cultivation.

Oliver has considerable experience in undertaking appellate review work examining whether fresh grounds of appeal may exist in respect of old convictions and sentences. Many of the cases he has reviewed have resulted in fresh grounds of appeal being identified and submitted to both the Court of Appeal and the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Oliver is a CPS London Grade 3 Prosecutor & CPS Level 3 advocate.

  • Reported Criminal Cases
  • R v Cojan [2015] 2 Cr. App. R. 20; [2015] Crim. L.R. 376 (speeches)
  • R v Sugulle [2013] 2 Cr App R (S) 61 (389) (firearms)
  • R v Riat & Others [2013] 1 Cr. App. R. 2; [2013] (leading authority on hearsay)
    In connection with the above, click on the link for Oliver’s article on hearsay evidence which appeared in the January 2013 edition of ‘Counsel’ Magazine
  • R v Trott [2011] 175 J.P. 458 (restraining order on acquittal)
  • R v D [2009] 2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 74 (sentencing graffiti cases)R v Stannard & Others [2009] 2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 21, CA; [2009] Crim. L.R. 217  (sentencing offences which predate and postdate CJA 2003)
  • R v O’Grady [2006] All ER (D) 115 (Aug)

Recent Criminal Cases of Note

  • R v D – Successful defence of the primary defendant in a five handed trial on charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and violent disorder.
  • R v M – Successful defence of a co-defendant in the ‘Ted Terry’ trial at the Central Criminal Court.
  • R v A – Leading counsel in a three month drug and money laundering conspiracy involving significant volumes of banking, cell-site and text message evidence at the end of which the client was given a conditional discharge.
  • R v C – Led junior in a case involving allegations of political corruption / conspiracy to defraud. The case involved a successful month long abuse of process argument by the defence in respect of manifold failings by Cumbria Trading Standards in their duty of disclosure.
  • R v U – Domestic violence case involving a client acquitted of counts of GBH, ABH and attempting to choke his ex-partner in order to commit another indictable offence under s.21 OAPA 1861, a rarely used charge.
  • R v L – Case involving a client acquitted of multiple counts of attempted GBH and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
  • R v I – Case involving a client acquitted of multiple counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
  • R v K – Led junior in a £120 million pound money laundering case at Birmingham Crown Court.
  • R v B – Case involving the successful defence of a client accused of multiple counts of sexually abusing two girls under the age of ten whilst staying the night at their house.
  • R v K – Case of a client accused of historic sexual abuse of his step-daughter dating back to the mid-1970s.
  • R v B – The successful defence of a client whose case was appealed by the prosecution and referred to the Court of Appeal under the provisions of s.58 CJA 2003.
  • R v A – An unusual case of a young client involved in a three-way cut throat on an allegation of aiding and abetting grievous bodily harm.
  • R v B – A case involving extensive cell site and ballistic evidence, as well as complex issues of identification and hearsay.
  • R v S – The case of a client who was the last to be tried and acquitted on charges arising from the protests outside the Israeli embassy in 2008.
  • R v C – Led junior in a case involving allegations of attempted murder and escape from lawful custody.
  • R v W – Led junior in a murder trial including issues of diminished responsibility due to psychological and psychiatric issues.

Inquests

Oliver is regularly instructed to appear at coroner inquests across the country, most often on behalf of families of the deceased but also on behalf of other interested parties. He is currently representing a Doctor in an inquest involving the death in hospital of a patient who had a nasogastric tube inserted as part of his treatment.

Recent Inquests of Note

  • Case of NI – Case involving a High Court action brought to secure the body of the deceased to be released to a particular family member.
  • Case of EC – Inquest involving the representation of a family whose daughter had died after feinting during a mammogram procedure.
  • Case of PA – Inquest involving the representation of a family whose father was prescribed and continued on incorrect medication at a nursing home.
  • Case of DF – Inquest involving the representation of a family of a man who was taken ill in a foreign jurisdiction and transferred to the UK and the resulting multiple medical complications he suffered.
  • Case of L – Inquest involving the representation of a family of a foreign national killed during the course of a UK road traffic incident.
  • Case of BH – Inquest conducted with a jury involving the representation of the family of the deceased who had been under a Mental Health order at a psychiatric unit when she died on escorted leave.

Regulatory Work

Oliver has particular experience in cases involving the defence of individuals and companies by Trading Standards and the Health and Safety Executive. Many of these cases are matters on which he has been instructed on a direct access basis. He also has experience of defending those facing internal disciplinary procedures and has both advised and represented families in relation to school appeals.

Recent Cases of Note

  • Case of DL – Representation of a contractor prosecuted by the HSE in relation to alleged multiple breaches of working regulations.
  • Case of RB – Representation of a company director prosecuted by Trading Standards in respect of alleged breaches of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

Television and Radio Work

Oliver has acted as a legal adviser to variety of BBC programmes over the years as well as appearing on LBC radio on a regular basis regarding criminal legal matters.

Oliver is direct access qualified.