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Practice Summary

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

Oliver is currently acting for Barclays (with Ewan McQuater QC and Alexander Polley) in PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Bank, in which PCP claims damages of over £1 billion arising from its alleged role in a capital raising conducted by the bank in 2008. An 8-week trial is listed for October 2019.

Other current and recent work includes:

Bilta (UK) Ltd & Ors v (1) RBS plc and (2) Mercuria Energy Europe Trading Ltd [2017] EWHC 3535 (Ch): For the Claimants (with Christopher Parker QC and Orlando Gledhill QC) in a 6-week trial in June/July 2018 of dishonest assistance claims relating to carbon emissions allowance (EUA) trading that was part of an €88 million missing trader VAT fraud.

RREEF European Value Added Fund v Deutsche Alternative Asset Management (UK) (Ltd) (Comm) (2014-2016): For the Claimant (with Daniel Toledano QC and Orlando Gledhill) in a claim for over €150 million for breach of contract and/or gross negligence by a fund manager.

Claimants v Sir Robert McAlpine Limited & Ors (QBD) (2015-2016): 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.

Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd & Anor v Citibank NA & Anor [2015] EWHC 1481 (Comm): Acting for the defendant 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.