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Practice Summary

Oliver has a broad commercial practice, encompassing litigation, arbitration and advice. 

The last 2 years has seen a particular focus on disputes arising in the banking and finance industry, including RREEF European Value Added Fund v Deutsche Alternative Asset Management (acting for the Claimant fund), in a claim concerning an investment of over €220m of the fund’s assets; Mercuria Energy Trading & Anr v Citigroup Global Markets Ltd & Anr (acting for the defendant Citigroup), resisting a claim for declaratory and other relief and counterclaiming for c.USD270 million under a series of repo transactions; and Lycalopex (Dubai) Limited v. Merrill Lynch International (acting for the Claimant fund), a dispute between the fund and its prime broker concerning high frequency equity trading.  Other recent work in this area includes Hackett v HSBC Plc (for the Defendant bank), a dispute arising out of interest rate swaps.

Recent work includes:

Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd & Anor v Citibank NA & Anor [2015] EWHC 1481 (Comm). Acting for the defendants Citibank (with Daniel Toledano QC and Richard Mott) in expedited proceedings arising under master agreements for commodity (metal) ‘repo’ transactions, including counterclaims for over US$250 million and declaratory relief.

Claimants v Sir Robert McAlpine Limited & Ors: Acted with Andrew Caldecott QC, David Cavender QC and Edmund Nourse QC on behalf of a consortium of the major UK construction companies in the “Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation” arising out of the alleged creation and use of a “blacklist” of construction workers said to have been used by major construction companies when choosing staff in relation to significant projects. Up to 2,000 claimants. Issues included data protection, misuse of confidential information, defamation, and unlawful means conspiracy.

Augean Plc v James Hutton & Ors [2014] EWHC 2972 (Comm). Acting for the claimant Augean (with Richard Boulton QC) in claims for breach of warranty under an SPA.

ICC arbitration proceedings:  Acting for the defendant (with Kenneth MacLean QC and Orlando Gledhill) in a claim for over US$85 million arising out of contracts for the provision of agency services to the oil exploration industry.

Pathfinder Minerals Plc & Ors v Veloso & Ors [2012] 2856 (Comm).  Acting for the claimants (with Craig Orr QC) at first instance and in the Court of Appeal ([2013] Civ 505) in a claim for declaratory and injunctive relief arising out of a dispute over mineral rights in Mozambique valued at over US$ 500 million.