Oliver Ingham

Year of Call: 2015
Email Address: oliver.ingham@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Oliver Ingham is a Commercial Chancery Barrister with a primary interest in Commercial Litigation.

Before coming to the Bar, Oliver worked as a Risk Analyst and in house on financial litigation, including AIM and Secondary Markets disputes.

Oliver has a particular interest in all Commercial areas including Finance, Professional Negligence and Insolvency. Oliver also receives instructions in a wide variety of areas including sale of goods, credit hire and general contract disputes. He regularly attends the winding-up list in the rolls building, and enjoys representing clients either bringing or defending winding-up petitions.

He has keen interest in technology/start-up companies and has been involved in the drafting of documents for clients, including shareholders agreements.

Oliver is currently instructed on two Professional Negligence multi-track claims. He particularly enjoys the overlap between Professional Negligence and Probate.


  • Commercial
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    Oliver has a wide range of experience in both the County Court and the High Court, and has appeared in both the Chancery Division and the Queen's Bench Division Interim Applications Courts.

    Oliver has also participated in a number of Commercial Mediations, particularly in the area of Building Contractor disputes and Professional Negligence.

    Most recently, Oliver has been instructed on a Queen's Bench Division on a larger tortious interference claim making use of the Collective/Representative provisions in Part 19 of the CPR.

    Oliver regularly appears in the winding-up Court, and also in more substantial applications before the registrars in the Rolls Building. In particular, Oliver has recently acted on a trial regarding disputed debts/abuse of process. Oliver also enjoys purusing and defending Bankruptcy petitions- particularly where arguments of unreasonable refusal of offers are concerned.

    Oliver also undertakes a variety of drafting work in the area of Insolvency, including by settling proceedings for Claims by liquidators against former delinquent directors.

    Recent cases

    • X Markets Technologies v Davies [2016] (High Court, Chancery Division) acted for the Company in a counter-claim against a former employee for breach of a non-disclosure and a non-compete agreement.
    • Re Stamford Construction [2016] (Companies Court) acted for the Creditors in a claim against Stamford Construction arising out of a failed Creditors Voluntary arrangement.
    • Aviva PLC v Teresa Remirez [2016] (High Court, Chancery Division) acted for Aviva.
    • C B v RO and others (Advising and settling pleadings for Negligence claim against Barrister)
    • Sutherland v Sutherland [2016] (Britsol District Registry, Chancery Division) Successfully resisted an abuse of process application.
    • Averox Limited v Irvings (A Firm) [2016] (Solicitors Negligence)

    Trusts Litigation/Private Client
    Oliver has a keen interest in defending Claims brought under the Inheritance Act 1975, as well as on advising Spousal/Co-habitant and Adult Child claimants. He also has an interest in Costs in the context of Probate generally.

    • Re Anthony Robert Ball [2016] (High Court, Chancery Division) (Awaiting Neutral Citation), a Part 64 Claim against the Executor of an Estate for an account and inquiry, detailed assessment of the costs of administration and a declaration as to the true interpretation of the Will. Oliver successfully argued that his clients (the beneficiary) interpretation was correct, and that the Executor was in error. The Claim also considered the extent to which Executors are entitled to their costs depending on the extent to which they are neutral.
    • Re Anthony Robert Ball (Prospective Costs) [2016] (High Court, Chancery Division) (Awaiting Neutral Citation), Oliver successfully obtained a Prospective Costs Order for a beneficiary in advance of bringing proceedings against the Executor for a variety of relief under CPR Part 64. The Order was made awarding the beneficiary his indemnity costs in advance from the Estate to cover the cost of the Claim.
    • FH v J [2016] (High Court, Family Division) (Ongoing) on a Claim against a £1,3000,000 Oliver acted for the sole beneficiary of an estate defending a claim brought by a co-habitant partner of 9 years.
    • As a pupil Oliver assisted on Kaur v Dhaliwal [2014] All ER (D) 164 (Jun), a major Court of Appeal decision which changed the approach of the Courts to the two-year requirement for cohabitation.


  • Property and Estates
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    Oliver undertakes a wide range of Property and Chancery Work, with a particular focus on Probate and Trusts. Current representative examples include:

    • A multi track claim for a declaration as to a boundary
    • Relief from forfeiture
    • Rights of way/Easements
    • Injunctions
    • Multi-track possession claims (e.g. where a substantial dispute of law arises)

    Oliver is also currently being lead by David Berkley QC in a Chancery Division partnership claim.

    Oliver has acted on a number of 1975 Act Claims (with a particular interest in Co-Habitants, Adult Children and Dependents). Aside from 1975 Act based work, Oliver has also acted on two CPR Part 64 High Court Claims in the Chancery Division both for a Declarations as to who was and was not included within a class of beneficiaries under a trust, and another Declaration as to the relative beneficial ownership of the trust.

    Oliver also particularly enjoys both defending and removing delinquent Executors, and is currently instructed on a Chancery Division Claim to remove an Executor on behalf of a Beneficiary.

    Oliver also has an interest in Probate Costs- particularly the detailed assessment of the costs of administering trusts/estates. Further, Oliver has obtained Prospective Costs Orders for beneficiaries and enjoys acting for both Trustees and Beneficiaries generally.

    Planning/Town and Village Greens
    Oliver has undertaken locum work advising local authorities on a number of Planning and Commons Registration matters. In particular, he was instructed by Canterbury City Council to undertake locum work in relation to a large village green inquiry, assisting Paul Wilmshurst.

    Oliver has a keen interest in planning applications, and is beginning to develop his expertise in the area.

    In the Matter of an Application to Register Whitstable Beach as a Town or Village Green [2016]
    During Oliver’s first six pupillage he gained experience of traditional Chancery/Private Client and Commercial work, including matters such as Inheritance Act cases, partnership disputes, Part 64 non-contentious trusts litigation and insolvency.

Academic qualifications

  • University of Exeter, LLB Law: 1st class degree (top 1st in all three years) (2013)
  • University of Oxford, Bachelor of Civil Law (2014)


  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Sunley Pupillage Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Hardwike Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Sweet and Maxwell Prize (Top 3rd year)
  • Oxford University Press Prize (Top 2nd year)
  • Routledge Prize (Top 1st year)
  • Bracton Law Prize
  • Christina Sachs Law Prize
  • Exeter Advocacy Prize
  • Oxford University Law Faculty Prize (Individual Paper)
  • SNR Denton Prize (Commercial Awareness)
  • DLA Piper Prize

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Oliver Ingham is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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