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).
D v E  EWFC 3
Complex private law dispute in which the High Court made a ‘live with’ order in favour of the maternal aunt, as opposed to the child’s father, despite a contrary recommendation in the court-ordered section 7 report.
A New York Legal Education
Oliver Woolley has recently returned to Chambers after spending the last eighteen months living and working in New York City and has written this short blog upon his return.