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GENERAL & BACKGROUND

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 civil barrister based at KCH Garden Square Barristers of Nottingham & Leicester. He enjoys a busy practice and is experienced in commercial disputes, landlord & tenant proceedings, claims relating to anti-social behaviour and insurer litigation.

KCH Garden Square have offices in both Nottingham and Leicester, with Oliver working out of both sites.

Oliver has a clear, concise and robust style of advocacy. He 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, who appreciate his personable and pragmatic approach.

Oliver also teaches undergraduate contract and public law at the University of Leicester where he is a popular and effective tutor. Oliver mentors students, and assists with the University’s mooting and debating programmes.

As an undergraduate student, Oliver 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.



COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS

Oliver is regularly instructed to draft documents, advise and represent clients in commercial disputes arising from both business to business and consumer contracts. He accepts instructions in relation to recovery and enforcement of debts and other commercial or contractual disputes.

He has considerable experience in dealing with a range of commercial disputes; such experience includes claims founded upon contracts for the sale of goods and/or services, building disputes, sale and installation of defective machinery, negligent references and the purchase of vehicles which are said to have been stolen.

Oliver has a particular academic interest in contract law, which he teaches at the University of Leicester. He offers clear, concise and comprehensive advice, sympathetic to the wider commercial interest of the client.

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.



TENANCIES & MORTGAGES

Oliver is regularly instructed by private landlords, councils and social housing providers in relation to disputes with their tenants. He is a popular choice for local authority landlords and brings that experience to his cases involving private landlords.

Oliver is very experienced in possession cases. He regularly represents banks, borrowers, landlords and tenants in possession proceedings.

He frequently represents landlords in possession claims involving failure to pay rent, anti-social behaviour or other breaches of terms of tenancies. Oliver is also experienced in disputes about access to property, damage and disrepair.

Before coming to chambers, Oliver gained significant experience in mortgage possession work for major banks. As a barrister, he has represented both banks and borrowers in possession proceedings.

Oliver has significant experience in proceedings on behalf of landlords, 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 draft documents on the use of injunctions to regulate behaviour 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, frequently appearing 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.



ANIMALS

Oliver is also a member of the Equine Law group at KCH Garden Square and receives instructions to advise, represent and draft documents on a wide range of equine and animal disputes. He also has experience of claims founded upon the Animals Act 1971.

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.



INSURANCE LITIGATION

Oliver receives instructions in relation to insurance, typically involving road traffic accidents and credit hire. 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 and trials on issues of liability, causation and quantum.

In credit hire disputes, Oliver has developed a strong defendant practice in mid to high value claims and is regularly instructed in trials where enforceability, rate and period are in issue, often achieving favourable outcomes, including wholesale dismissal of claims.

He is a popular choice with solicitors in credit hire litigation for his sound knowledge of authority, pragmatic approach and trial advocacy.


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