Oliver Hirsch

Oliver Hirsch

Year of Call: 2020
Email Address: [email protected]
CJSM: [email protected]
Telephone: 01962 868 884

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Clerk Details

  • Clerk Name: Stuart Pringle
  • Clerk Telephone: 07962 868 884
  • Clerk Email: [email protected]


Oliver Hirsch is a barrister, based at 3PB’s Winchester office, who accepts instructions in both defence and prosecution work, appearing in the magistrates’, youth and Crown Courts.

Criminal Defence

R v M: represented defendant in the Court of Appeal, having his sentence reduced by one third.

R v K: ABH, client acquitted of allegation that he assaulted his neighbour. He had argued self-defence.

R v S: possession of Class A with intent to supply - client acquitted after trial by jury.

R v E: acted as junior counsel in a multi-week trial of historic child sexual abuse allegations.

R v L: defended client at his sentencing for a knifepoint attempted robbery; highly unusually, a suspended sentence was passed.

R v B: Successfully argued that the defendant would suffer 'exceptional hardship' if her driving licence was not restored.

R v W: Mitigating for his client in a court martial sentencing for going absent without leave, Oliver persuaded the court to grant (unusually) a community service order.

R v T: client acquitted at trial; self-defence to a charge of assaulting an emergency worker.

R v S: conditional discharge for outraging public decency.

R v C: possession of a bladed article; starting point of 18 months in custody reduced to a 6-month suspended sentence.

R v W: client acquitted after exclusion of prosecution evidence under the hearsay rule.

R v G: non-punitive community order for multiple deliberate failures to provide a specimen.

R v B: multi-handed affray; no evidence offered in return for a restraining order.

Criminal Prosecution

R v P: secured conviction for street robbery after trial by jury.

R v B: custodial sentence for a racially aggravated public order offence upheld on appeal.

R v D: prolific paedophile given a 12-year extended sentence, after he re-offended when released on licence.

R v P: conviction for driving in charge of a vehicle while unfit.

R v M: conviction in drink-driving case involving expert evidence.

R v W: conviction for failure to provide a specimen, where the defendant had caused very serious injuries by crashing his car. A substantial period of disqualification was imposed.

Proceeds of Crime

R v A: Oliver persuaded the prosecution to settle, after making a novel argument that the defendant’s current account balance was in fact held on trust for his bank. The client paid £16,000 less than the prosecution had been pursuing.

R v C: Oliver negotiated the amount sought by the prosecution down from £15,000 to £3,500.


Oliver acts in all areas of regulatory law. His most recent experience includes taxi licence appeals and a private prosecution under the electric pedal cycle regulations.


  • Articles
    • Abuse of process in modern slavery

      Oliver Hirsch analyses the case of R v AFU [2023] EWCA Crim 23, a case in which the Court of Appeal reviews the authorities on abuse of process applications in trafficking and modern slavery cases.

      The Court confirms that the police must take proactive steps to investigate a suspect’s trafficking or slavery status, and in particular consider making an NRM referral.

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    • 12-month sentencing powers for magistrates reversed – but why?

      3PB's criminal law and personal injury barrister Oliver Hirsch discusses the reversal of the 12-month sentencing powers given to magistrates last year.

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