Oliver joined Kings Chambers in 2019 following a career as an employed barrister in international firms in London, Singapore and Tokyo. He acts in all areas covered by the Business and Property Team and has particular experience of arbitration, general commercial, construction and engineering, fraud, post-M&A and joint venture matters.
Year of call: 2010
Prior to joining chambers in 2019, Oliver spent six years in practice at the Employed Bar in leading international firms in London, Singapore and Tokyo. He has acted in commercial arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, and JCAA institutional rules as well as ad hoc arbitrations in a wide range of fields including construction, mining, oil and gas, automotive and real estate investment sectors.
Oliver’s commercial arbitration experience (at the Employed Bar) includes:
Oliver also has experience of investor-state arbitration, including:
While at the Employed Bar, Oliver gained experience of banking and financial services matters (both contentious and non-contentious), including:
Since joining chambers in 2019, Oliver has been instructed in a number of consumer credit and secured lending matters and is keen to develop his practice in this area.
Oliver is experienced in a broad range of commercial dispute resolution matters including general commercial contract matters, deceit and misrepresentation, breach of warranty and other post-SPA disputes, insolvency, joint ventures, distributorship, sale and leasing of goods, guarantees and performance bonds, bailment, breach of confidence and directors' and employees' duties.
Highlights of Oliver’s career prior to joining chambers include:
Since coming to chambers in 2019, Oliver has gained experience of a broad range of commercial, insolvency and property matters. Highlights include:
See also Oliver's Arbitration profile here.
Oliver is experienced in a range of company-law related contentious matters, including:
While at the Employed Bar, he also gained experience of non-contentious company matters, including advising an US oil major in the restructuring of a joint venture following the merger of its Japanese JV partner with a competitor.
He is currently instructed as junior in a section 994 petition regarding the breakdown of a family business.
Oliver’s practice as an employed barrister was almost exclusively in cross-border matters. In addition to his experience in international arbitration, he has advised on governing law and jurisdictional issues as well as matters of strategy where proceedings are being pursued in multiple jurisdictions.
Having lived and worked in Tokyo for five years, he has particular experience of working with Japanese clients. He speaks and writes fluent Japanese and is happy to accept instructions in the language.
During his time at the Employed Bar, Oliver acted in a range of construction disputes of high value and technical complexity, with a particular focus on the mining, oil and gas and power sectors. Highlights include:
Instructions since joining chambers in 2019 include:
BA Jurisprudence (Law with Law Studies in Europe), First from Balliol College, University of Oxford 2002-2006
Bar Vocational Course 2006-2007, Very Competent from Manchester Metropolitan University
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