Oliver was called to the Bar in 2011 by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn of which he is a Hubert Greenland Scholar. He studied law at the University of Leicester and completed the Bar Professional Training Course at Nottingham Law School.


Oliver is a specialist civil practitioner who completed his pupillage with KCH Garden Square in January 2016. Oliver enjoys a busy and varied civil practice and is experienced in contractual and commercial disputes, debt recovery and enforcement, landlord & tenant and housing proceedings, claims relating to anti-social behaviour and insurer litigation.

Prior to joining chambers, Oliver acted as a County Court Advocate with the country’s market leading provider of Solicitor’s Agents. As an advocate, Oliver gained significant experience of a broad range of civil matters heard by District Judges, including small claims hearings, contractual disputes, possession claims, personal insolvency and procedural applications.

On graduating from the BPTC, alongside his practice as a County Court Advocate, Oliver began teaching undergraduate contract and public law at the University of Leicester where he is a popular and effective tutor. Oliver continues to teach, mentors students, and assists with the University of Leicester’s mooting and debating programmes.

Oliver has a clear, concise and robust style of advocacy and has particular interest in contractual disputes and claims relating to possession and anti-social behaviour. Oliver’s professional clients appreciate his excellent client care and collaborative, approachable style of working. To that end he is frequently instructed by, and on behalf of, local authorities, housing associations and insurers. Oliver is a popular choice with lay clients, particularly more vulnerable clients, who appreciate his personable and pragmatic approach.

As an undergraduate student at Leicester, Oliver held a number of student society positions, including Vice President of the United Nations Society and Competitions Secretary of the Student Law Society. Oliver also won a number of mooting and debating competitions including:

o The University of Leicester/Herbert Smith Debating Competition,
o The Leicester University Debating Alliance Championship,
o The University of Leicester/Denton Wilde Sapte Senior Mooting Competition,
o The University of Leicester/Peter Kavanagh Outstanding Mooter of the Year Award,
o The Midlands Mooting Competition,
o The Leicester University United Nations Society Advocacy Competition.

Away from chambers, Oliver enjoys cooking, jazz and follows Formula 1 and the Leicester Tigers.


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Commercial & Debt Recovery

Oliver has a particular academic interest in contract law, which he teaches at the University of Leicester. He accepts instructions to advise and settle pleadings in commercial disputes which revolve around a contractual relationship and offers clear, concise and comprehensive advice, sympathetic to the wider commercial interest of the client.

As a County Court Advocate, Oliver gained significant experience of debt recovery and enforcement proceedings in the County Court on behalf of major banks, lenders and businesses, both on a commercial and consumer basis. He also has experience in personal insolvency proceedings.

Drawing on his experience as both a County Court Advocate and as Counsel, Oliver settles pleadings, offers advice and representation to both Claimants and Defendants on wide ranging debt recovery matters, including mortgage possession, non-payment of invoices, return of goods and building disputes.

Post judgment, Oliver also receives instructions in relation to enforcement proceedings, including applications in relation to warrants, charging orders, third party debt orders and orders for sale.

Oliver also has experience in contractual claims with significant personal importance, including major events such as weddings or holidays where enhanced damages may be sought for distress or loss of enjoyment.


Insurer Litigation

Oliver receives instructions on behalf of insurers on a wide range of County Court business. His thorough preparation and robust style of cross examination lends itself to trials on liability, for which he is frequently instructed.

Oliver has significant experience in procedural applications, costs and case management conferences, stage 3 disposal hearings and trials on issues of liability, causation and quantum.

In credit hire disputes, Oliver has developed a strong defendant practice and is regularly instructed in trials where enforceability and rate are in issue. Drawing upon his experience in contractual disputes and teaching contract law, Oliver frequently receives instructions in trials where enforceability is disputed on grounds of misrepresentation


Housing & Local Authority

Oliver has a particular academic interest in public law, which he teaches at the University of Leicester and to that end is regularly instructed by local authorities and housing associations.

Oliver has significant experience in proceedings on behalf of local authorities, housing associations and the police in relation to anti-social behaviour and is routinely instructed to pursue injunctions and other orders pursuant to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Oliver frequently receives instructions to provide advice and settle pleadings in relation to the use of injunctions to regulate conduct not just in relation to individuals and properties but also wider areas such as town centres.

Oliver also provides advice and representation on enforcement of injunctions and closure orders and frequently appears at hearings of applications for committal, securing positive outcomes for applicants.

The police also instruct Oliver in relation to Domestic Violence Protection Orders pursuant to the Crime and Security Act 2010 and the pursuit of injunctions.

Oliver is experienced in both private rental and housing possession claims for which he predominantly receives instructions on behalf of Claimants to provide advice, representation and settle pleadings.

Oliver has also provided advice and representation on business tenancy disputes and homelessness appeals

Equine & Animal

Oliver is a member of the Equine Law group at KCH Garden Square and provides advice, representation and settles pleadings on a wide range of equine and animal disputes.

Where there are deficiencies or defects present in relation to the purchase of animals, goods or services, Oliver can provide advice, representation and settle pleadings in claims for refunds, rescission, other losses and misrepresentation.

For professionals and suppliers, Oliver accepts instructions in relation to recovery and enforcement of debts and other commercial or contractual disputes.

Oliver also has experience in litigation founded upon the Animals Act 1971.


BS Labels Ltd v. Paperscript Ltd [2018]

On behalf of the Claimant in a commercial dispute relating to the purchase of a large piece of factory machinery which was defective, failed to correspond to description and was non-functional for several months after the due installation date, advice and pleadings were provided for the claim with a value in excess of £100,000.

Ashton v. Leicester City Council [2017-2018]

Provided advice and settled pleadings on behalf of the Appellant in his appeal against a finding of intentional homelessness by the local authority. Following the filing of a skeleton argument, the local authority conceded and agreed to re-consider the application for homeless assistance.

Kirkman & Kirkman v. Jordan [2017]

Provided advice, skeleton argument and representation on behalf of a Defendant in relation to a claim pursuant to the Animals Act 1971 for damages for loss of livestock following the escape of two dogs from his then jointly owned residential premises, where the proper identification of the ‘keeper’ of the dogs was in issue. Following the filing of a skeleton argument and negotiation at Court, the claim was compromised on favourable terms.

Mortgage Express v. Smith & Johns

Successfully defended a claim for possession by a mortgage provider leading to the claim being dismissed with an order for costs in favour of the Defendant and further order that costs already paid should be refunded.

Market Court Developments Ltd v. Woollins [2016]

Obtained an order for possession and judgment for rent arrears in multi-track proceedings over land occupied for several decades by a small business where the previous freeholder had no evidence of a lease or licence pursuant to which the Defendant occupied the land, nor what rent was due. A defence of, inter alia, adverse possession, defective notice seeking possession, no obligation to pay rent and/or protection by terms of lease was successfully overcome.

Broxtowe Borough Council v. Tomlin [2016-2017]

Injunction and enforcement pursuant to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, including power of arrest in relation to conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress by use of social media.

Charnwood Borough Council v. Bott, 6 Others & Persons Unknown [2016]

Obtained an injunction pursuant to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, including power of arrest, in relation to a broad range of anti-social behaviour including drug use and dealing, rough sleeping and begging at a multi-storey car park and large area of a town centre.

Shuttleworth v. Tankmania [2015]

Obtained significant damages for breach of contract and ‘loss of enjoyment’ in relation to hire of an armoured vehicle for wedding transport where the legal basis, principle and quantum of such damages were in dispute.


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