Harry Oliver

“Leading junior in the field of divorce law who routinely handles significant financial remedy proceedings for extremely high-profile individuals. His work is mainly international and often involves complex issues relating to businesses and offshore trusts. Sources see him as having one of the most technical brains at the Family Bar and applaud him for demonstrating the utmost attention to detail and having a charismatic court manner”.
 
 
Chambers & Partners 2018 - Star Individual
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  • Chambers & Partners ‘Top 100’ junior barristers in the UK in all disciplines (1 of only 3 family barristers)
  • Chambers & Partners Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year
    • Winner – 2013
    • Nominated (1 of 3) – 2012
  • Star Individual in Chambers & Partners Matrimonial Finance Junior Barristers: 2013 to date
  • CityWealth LeadersList Prominent Barristers 2015 to Date (1 of 3 non QCs).

Harry Oliver practices solely in proceedings for divorce, financial remedies and financial provision under Children Act 1989 Schedule 1. His cases frequently involve very significant assets (including several in excess of £1bn), ultra-high net worth and/or high profile clients, offshore trusts and complex company and tax structures.

He also represents both trustees and companies in family proceedings and has advised on divorces in related jurisdictions including Jersey, Guernsey, Cayman, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and the Isle of Man. He regularly is instructed to draft and advise on the terms of pre-nuptial agreements including those with multi-jurisdictional international dimensions. Harry has been instructed to provide evidence as an expert witness in foreign proceedings (Gibraltar, British Virgin Islands, Scotland and Venezuela) on matters of English divorce and/or matrimonial finance law.

Harry conducts arbitrations as an advocate and is a qualified Arbitrator himself. He is available to be instructed as an Arbitrator or a Private FDRs/Early Neutral Evaluation tribunal.

 Harry Oliver is one of only 3 specialist matrimonial finance practitioners in the country ranked in the inaugural “Chambers 100” Bar list of the top 100 junior barristers working in any area of the law in England and Wales. The commendation reads:

“No stranger to big money matrimonial finance cases, Harry Oliver regularly handles matters generally involving assets between £10 million and £100 million. He was junior counsel in one of the largest cases ever when he acted for Del Monte Chief Vivian Imerman in his divorce from the sister of Robbie and Vincent Tchenguiz. Total assets in the case amounted to more than £300 million. Just as well then that Oliver is “a master of paperwork and figures,” who has “a keen tactical brain.” When he is instructed “clients feel that they are being represented by the very best counsel.

 He has been counsel in many reported cases (see below) including the recent big money cases of: WW v HW, Thiry, Imerman, Whaley and H v H

What the directories say:

Chambers & Partners Directory (which have ranked him since 2002)

“The leading junior in the field of divorce law who routinely handles significant financial remedy proceedings for extremely high-profile individuals. His work is mainly international and often involves complex issues relating to businesses and offshore trusts…he knows the law backwards and gets all the detail in no time. A real fighter who thrives on complex cases.” (2017 – Star individual)

“A go-to senior junior for high net worth financial relief matters with complicated assets. His peers are quick to praise both his incredible numeracy and tenacity. Harry has become one of the leading juniors in financial cases. He knows the law backwards, and gets all the details in no time at all. A real fighter, who thrives on complex cases, he’s the very best and most hard-working of the new generation, who will not be long out of silk.” (2016– Star individual)

Exceptionally numerate. A man with a big personality, and someone with a bright future ahead of him. Simultaneously charming and forthright, he makes complex situations and scenarios more simple to understand” (2015– Star individual)

“Man of the moment Harry Oliver is one of the most capable juniors at the Bar when it comes to matrimonial finance. His expertise encompasses a range of ancillary relief cases, and he regularly handles high-asset cases. “He is brilliantly incisive and meticulous, and has a phenomenal head for numbers.” “He’s full of energy and willing to fight hard for the clients.” (2014– Star individual)

“…an absolute superstar in his preparation of cases”. According to those that instruct him, “he can read the outcome of cases superbly well and advise accordingly in a straightforward, down-to-earth manner”. Sources are quick to commend his “winning manner with clients and firm grasp of financial complexities.” (2013– Star individual)

 “…lauded by sources for his tenacious advocacy style.  Sources comment that he is “a real star with an exceptionally bright future who is excellent with clients.” (2012- Tier 1)

 “…impresses his clients and appreciated by his opponents. He brings character to his cases without being overbearing…widely backed” (2010 – Tier 1)

 “…a punchy advocate with excellent client skills and an assured and forceful manner” (2009- Tier 1)

 ‘… an ancillary relief man familiar with offshore trusts and corporate assets . . . Harry Oliver is liked and respected for putting his case forcefully and properly – fighting the case not the opponent. He has spent large parts of the year in potentially high-profile cases kept deliberately quiet.’ (2008- Tier 1)

 

Legal 500 – Leading Junior (which have ranked him since 2003)

“Very user friendly, diligent, bright and approachable” (2017)

 “A technical whizz in complex financial cases….” (2016)

 ‘One of the cleverest and one of the leading juniors in relation to financial remedy work.’ (2015)

 “Charismatic and recommended” (2013)

 “…widely perceived as one of the leading juniors at the matrimonial Bar” (2012)

 “… a ferocious cross examiner with a terrific presence in court” (2011)

 CityWealth Leaders List – Matrimonial finance (one of only 3 non QCs ranked)

 ” Harry combines a remarkable numeracy with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. He has enormous charisma and court presence.” (2016-17)

Reported Cases:

  • WW v HW [2015] EWHC 1844 (Fam) FLR Forthcoming
  • Thiry v Thiry [2015] 2 FLR 743 – Substantive proceedings.
  • Thiry v Thiry [2014] EWHC 2884 (Fam) – Committal & Sentence (non-disclosure)
  • H v H (Financial Remedies) [2015] 2 FLR 447 (Court of Appeal)
  • H v H (Periodical Payments: Variation: Clean Break) [2014] 2 FLR 1338
  • Tchenguiz v Imerman (Trust Disclosure) [2014] 2 FLR 939
  • Tchenguiz v Imerman (Joinder of Beneficiaries) [2014] 1 FLR 865
  • Tchenguiz v Imerman (Common Interest Privilege) [2014] 1 FLR 232
  • Whaley v Whaley (Court of Appeal & 1st Instance) [2012] 1 FLR 735
  • G v G (Occupation Order) (Court of Appeal & 1st Instance) [2011] 1 FLR 687
  • H v H (Financial Relief) [2010] 1 FLR 1864
  • Ahmed v Khan [2010] EWCA Civ 290 (Court of Appeal & 1st instance)
  • Hvorostovsky v Hvorostovsky (Court of Appeal & 1st Instance) [2009] 2 FLR 1574
  • Corbett v Corbett (Court of Appeal) [2003] 2 FLR 385

Lectures:

  • Harry is regularly invited to lecture including at:
    • Jersey Family Lawyers Association
    • Jordans Annual Family Law Conference,
    • The Resolution National Conference,
    • IFC Family Law Annual Summit
    • Chancery Bar Association,
    • Family Law Bar Association,
    • Regional Resolution groups (including Surrey, Sussex, Kent & Oxfordshire)
  • Recent Topics include:
    • Nuptial Trusts and Divorce
    • Sharland, Gohil and Setting Aside orders
    • Quantification of Maintenance – Is the tide turning?
    • Offshore Trusts and Judicious Encouragement in Family Proceedings
    • Recent Case Law overviews & Financial Remedies Updates
    • Privilege & Responsibility, WP Privilege & Common Pitfalls & Myths –
    • Finances with a Foreign Element
    • Imerman & Disclosure
    • Pensions and divorce
    • Freezing Orders & Preservation of Assets
    • Enforcing Financial Orders
    • Prenuptial Agreements Post Radmacher
    • Tracing Undisclosed & Hidden Assets

Appointments & Memberships:

  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit
  • The Honourable Society of Grays Inn
  • Elected committee member of the Family Law Bar Association – 2003 to 2009
  • Member of the DCA Information Technology & Courts Working Group – 2005 to 2009
  • Vincent’s Club

Education:

    • Tonbridge School
    • St Edmund Hall, Oxford, BA(Hons)