Oliver’s primary commercial interest is in financial services and banking. Prior to coming to the bar Oliver worked as a Risk Analyst with a particular focus on AIM and secondary markets.
Oliver is currently instructed on two commercial court matters in his own right:
- A £1,000,000 commercial fraud claim against a former de facto director relating to the illicit diversion of business away from the company to a competitor
- A £1,200,000 claim (brought under FSMA 2000) in relation to a dispute over unsecured bond agreements (more particularly a civil action for breach of the COBS rules)
Oliver is also currently acting on a number of matters in the Chancery Division, including:
- Defending a £1,000,000 claim relating to a secured finance agreement on the basis of illegality and FSMA 2000
- A claim against a private share market for damages exceeding £1,000,000 relating to a refusal to list shares.
Oliver occasionally appears in the Queen’s Bench Division, most recently in relation to a claim involving breach of confidence/privacy/libel (in a commercial context). Oliver has also appeared in the Technology and Construction Court in disputes where there is a “chancery” element to the case.
The following cases are examples of Oliver’s recent/on-going commercial work:
Hangar Holdings v Perlake 
Oliver represented the defendant pre-trial (including settling the pleadings) in relation to the allegation that a website domain name (blackjack.com) was held on trust by the defendant. The case confirmed for the first time that a domain name is intangible property which can be subject to equitable interests/held on trust.
Toucan Energy Holdings Limited Toucan Gen Co Limited v Wirsol Energy Limited  EWHC 895 (Comm);  4 WLUK 35
Oliver acted in a junior capacity assisting in relation to the litigation of a dispute worth £7,000,000 within the context of the telecoms industry.
Avonwick v Azito Holdings  EWHC 1844 (Comm) |  7 WLUK 188
Oliver was instructed by Quinn Emanuel LLP to assist in a junior capacity in relation to litigation arising over a multi-billion pound deal in which fraud and misrepresentation/and unjust enrichment were relied upon. This case was described by The Lawyer as "one of the top cases litigated in 2020" as part of their annual publication of "Top 20 Cases of the Year".
Premiair Areospace v Foley  EWHC 1805 (QB) (before Whipple J)
This case concerned the extent to which summary judgment should be available in cases involving dishonest assistance/knowing receipt when breach of trust is alleged.
HCQ Sarl v Terre Primitive Limited  EWHC 2556 (Ch);  WLUK 385 (before Norris J)
Oliver successfully represented the claimant in obtaining an injunction restraining the holding of a meeting/placement of the company into members voluntary liquidation (MVL). The case set out the principles to be applied when one seeks to injunct a company's members from placing the company into MVL.
ROVOP v Install Sarl  (Mercantile Court) (Moulder J)
Proceedings relating to the interpretation of a settlement agreement in a £700,000 claim over international supply agreements
Greenland Mining Management and ors v Persons Unknown  EWHC (QB) 18 (King J)
Injunction in the context of financial services
X Market Technologies v Davies  (Chancery Division)
Abuse of process/dispute as to enforceability of contractual/liquidated damages clause
Along with the cases listed above, Oliver is being lead by David Berkley QC on a solicitor/partnership dispute and assisting as one of many juniors in a large international litigation regarding the oil and gas sector.
Insolvency and bankruptcy
Oliver is instructed in the upcoming trial of two Companies Court actions relating to preferences, director misfeasance and alleged fraud. More generally:
- Oliver regularly attends Winding-Up Court (including the trial of disputed debt petitions) and attends the Interim Applications Court to obtain injunctions restraining presentation of a petition
- Public examinations
- Bankruptcy petitions (including the trial of whether offers have been unreasonably refused, and petitions with an international element)
- Insolvency claims in the context of probate
Oliver has a keen interest in costs-only insolvency work. Recently Oliver has advised in relation to an application to set aside default costs certificates issued in insolvency proceedings and has advised on the subsequent detailed assessment proceedings (inter-parties and trustee costs) before the SCCO. Oliver is happy to advise on the drafting and preparation of costs proceedings (points of objection/precedent A/R etc).
''Oliver is very conscientious; he knows his subject area backwards. He always makes himself available when you need him. We have a lot of trust for him and he operates at a far higher level than his relatively modest number of years call would indicate.''
Legal 500 2022/Chancery, Probate and Tax/Rising Star/Midlands Circuit
- 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
- STEP (Affiliate)
- Member of the Chancery Bar Association
- Member of the Association of Costs Lawyers