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Practice Summary

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

Oliver is recommended in Chambers & Partners 2021 (Banking & Finance) "He is excellent in front of clients, very calm and very commercial. He's able to distil complex arguments in a way that is accessible for the client." "Oliver produces excellent-quality written material. He's all over the detail and makes good judgement calls." Legal 500 2020 (Banking & Finance) "Superb legal analysis and delivery of written submissions - excellent judgement."  Chambers & Partners 2020 (Banking & Finance) "Very calm and unflappable, he is always charming and unflustered." "He is a really good team player, who comes up with good ideas and produces good, solid drafting." The Legal 500 2019 (Banking & Finance) "Smart, imaginative and hardworking."

Oliver is currently acting for Barclays (with Jeffery Onions QC and Alexander Polley) in PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Bank, one of The Lawyers’ Top 20 Cases of 2019. 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 June 2020.

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 formed 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.

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. 

Pathfinder Minerals Plc & Ors v Veloso & Ors [2012] 2856 (Comm) Acting for the Claimants (with Craig Orr QC) successfully 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.