Oliver’s practice centres on disputes which relate to both financial matters and children following relationship breakdown. He has a particular interest in cases with an international element. Oliver also has significant expertise in Court of Protection work.
Oliver is dual-qualified, having been admitted to the New York State Bar in 2018 whilst spending a year working in the matrimonial department of a New York City law firm.
In 2015, Oliver was shortlisted for the Lexis-Nexis Jordan’s Family Law "Young Barrister of the Year" Award.
He is also licensed to undertake Direct Public Access work.
Children (Private Law)
Oliver regularly represents and advises clients in the full range of Private Law Children disputes. He has been instructed in a broad variety of Private Law cases, ranging from relocation to change of name applications and has particular experience in complex cases involving implacable hostility, mental health and domestic violence issues.
Family Finance & Property
Oliver has broad experience in the family finance field. He has regularly been instructed in complex matrimonial finance proceedings and disputes between cohabitants concerning property (TOLATA 1996) and financial provision for their children under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989. Oliver also has expertise in acting for interveners in financial remedy proceedings.
Court of Protection
During his pupillage under the supervision of Andrew Bagchi QC and Malcolm Chisholm, Oliver gained extensive exposure to Court of Protection work. From that foundation, Oliver has quickly developed a strong expertise in this area, principally in health and welfare cases where he has been instructed by Local Authorities and by the Official Solicitor. Oliver is also interested in cases involving financial arrangements of persons lacking mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Family Law Act 1996
Oliver appears at hearings (either without notice and on notice) for both non-molestation and occupation orders. He has acted successfully for both Applicants and Respondents in such applications at final hearings. Oliver has also been instructed in forced marriage order applications (both for family members and on behalf of the applicant).
What the Directories Say
"Oliver is excellent. His skill is matched only by his charm, which helps clients feel at ease. His advocacy is robust, but in a managed and measured way, and drafting skills are also brilliant." Tier 5 – Legal 500, 2023
“Oliver has the ability to identify pragmatic solutions to sometimes very complex issues. He will go above and beyond to put me and the client at ease. He has exceptional attention to detail and is incredibly charming.” Tier 5 – Legal 500, 2022
- Notable Cases
24 October 2022
Oliver Woolley has been appointed as Deputy District Judge.
Oliver Woolley has been appointed as Deputy District Judge. Oliver will sit within the civil and family jurisdiction on the South Eastern Circuit.
28 September 2022
The Legal 500 2023 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
We are pleased to share that we are ranked as a Top Tier set in Children Public and Private Law in the 2023 edition of the Legal 500 guide.
30 September 2021
The Legal 500 2022 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Children Public and Private Law in the 2022 edition of Legal 500.
Tier 5 - 2023
Tier 5 - 2022