Oliver has a diverse common law practice, with an emphasis on crime. He accepts instructions across the main practice areas in Chambers.
Oliver is direct access qualified and has successful represented clients on matters as diverse as road traffic sentencing, protection from harassment, matrimonial finance and breach of contract. Oliver is alive to the particular requirements of direct access and the need to advise clients clearly and comprehensively and minimize costs.
Oliver is regularly instructed in diverse civil matters, often with elements of property law including resulting and constructive trusts issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship, landlord and tenant matters and adverse possession.
Oliver has been instructed in cases at all stages, from initial advice on prospects, to drafting particulars and representing in court. He regularly appears in fast track trials for personal injury cases, both for Claimants and insurers.
Oliver has a busy criminal practice, prosecuting and defending over the full range of offences. He is a Grade 2 prosecutor for the CPS and regularly appears in both the Magistrates and Crown Court. He is known for his careful and detailed preparatory work on cases, which can produce lines of defence and cross-examination overlooked by others as well as penetrating cross examination. He has successfully argued abuse of process and dismissal applications and regularly succeeds on appeal to the Crown Court.
His mathematical background, combined with detailed preparation, means that he is comfortable dealing with cases involving complex finances and putting together cases, which rely on putting together diverse evidence. Recent cases have included supply of drugs, fraud, ABH, handling stolen goods and domestic burglary.
He has particular experience in driving matters, including failure to provide information, drink driving, careless driving and sentencing where the Defendant is seeking to preserve his license. His careful approach often yields successful technical arguments on cases that would otherwise be hard to defend.
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