1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Oliver joined chambers after successful completion of his pupillage in October 2014. Since joining chambers as a tenant, Oliver has developed a specialist practice in all of chambers' practice areas, including in the Court of Protection. Oliver has appeared in the High Court (without a leader) on several occasions. In 2015, Oliver was shortlisted for the Jordans Family Law "Young Barrister of the Year" award.

  • Children (private law)

    Oliver regularly represents and advises clients in the full range of Children Act 1989 Part II applications, including Child Arrangements, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders. Oliver has experience of cases involving 'implacable hostility' and has represented parties in cases ranging from temporary leave to remove applications to change of name applications.

  • Family finance & property

    A significant part of Oliver's practice is focused on financial remedies cases. Oliver frequently appears in the Family Court at FDAs, FDRs and Final Hearings. He has experience of complex cases involving overseas property, pensions, companies and family trusts. He also acts for interveners. Oliver has appeared in the High Court, where on one occasion he successfully obtained permission to appeal a final financial remedies order several years out of time. Oliver is also regularly instructed to both advise and represent clients in TOLATA claims.

  • Court of Protection

    During his pupillage, Oliver was heavily exposed to and involved with cases in the Court of Protection. From that important foundation, Oliver now has a quickly developing practice in the Court of Protection. He is regularly instructed on behalf of P (by either the Official Solicitor or P's RPR) in s21A DOLS applications and s16 welfare applications. Given his experience in the Court of Protection, Oliver is also very interested in cases in the Family Court involving issues of mental capacity.     

  • Children (public law)

    Oliver accepts instructions for local authorities, parents and guardians in public law children matters. He has been instructed in cases involving child neglect, child abuse, parental alcohol / drug abuse and domestic violence.

  • Family Law Act 1996

    Oliver appears at both without notice and on notice (contested) hearings for both non-molestation and occupation orders. He has acted successfully for both applicants and respondents in such applications at final hearing. Oliver has also been instructed in Forced Marriage Order applications (both for family members and on behalf of the applicant).

  • Cases

    D v E [2016] EWFC 3 

    Father's application for a Child Arrangements ('live with') Order in respect of an 11-year-old child with special educational needs. The matter was heard by MacDonald J over the course of three days. Oliver successfully represented the second respondent aunt, with whom the child lived. The Father's application was dismissed and, against the recommendations of the social worker who had authored several section 7 reports, a Child Arrangements ('live with') Order was made in favour of the aunt. The case involved an international element as the child's mother lived in Mozambique and it was her case that if the child could not live with the aunt then he should live in Mozambique rather than with his father.