Harry Oliver

“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.””
Chambers & Partners 2013/14
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Winner of Chambers & Partners Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 2013

Ranked in Chambers & Partners ‘Top 100’ junior barristers (all disciplines) 2013

Nominated (one of three) for Chambers & Partners Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 2012

Harry Oliver practices solely in all aspects of divorce & financial remedy proceedings and related enforcement (both domestic and international), including cases involving international jurisdictional disputes, high profile clients, very substantial assets, offshore trusts and complex company and tax structures.  He appears frequently with and against leading counsel.  He is experienced in financial provision for the children of unmarried parents under Children Act 1989 Schedule 1, and regularly drafts and advises on pre-nuptial agreements. Harry is also trained as a collaborative lawyer, and is a member of the London Family Solutions Pod.

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.

What the directories say:

Harry Oliver is ranked as a “starred” junior (one of only three) in Matrimonial Finance work by the Chambers & Partners Directory and as a Leading Junior in Family Law in the Legal 500 and Legal Experts directories.

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

“…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)

“…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)

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

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

‘… 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)

Legal 500 (which have ranked him since 2003)

“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)

“…thorough and confident with a hands on approach (2010)

Cases of Interest:

  • Tchenguiz v Imerman [2013] EWHC 3627 (Fam) (Trust & Offshore Proceedings) FLR Forthcoming
  • Tchenguiz v Imerman [2012] EWHC 4049 (Fam) (Banking File Disclosure)
  • Tchenguiz v Imerman [2012] EWHC 4047 (Fam) (Privileged Disclosure) FLR Forthcoming
  • 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) (Munby J) [2010] 1 FLR 1864
  • Hvorostovsky v Hvorostovsky (Court of Appeal & 1st Instance) [2009] 2 FLR 1574
  • Corbett v Corbett (Court of Appeal) [2003] 2 FLR 385


  • Privilege & Responsibility, WP Privilege & Common Pitfalls & Myths – Surrey Resolution Conference 2013
  • Financial Remedies Update – Jordan’s Family Law Annual London Conference 2013
  • Finances with a Foreign Element – Surrey Resolution Conference 2012
  • Imerman & Disclosure (Jordans Annual Conferences 2011 and 2012, Resolution National Conference 2011)
  • Freezing Orders & Preservation of Assets
  • Enforcing Financial Orders (Young Resolution)
  • Prenuptial Agreements Post Radmacher – Jordans 2012
  • Maintenance Claims Post Miller & McFarlane – London Resolution 2009
  • The Matrimonial Home in Ancillary Relief Proceedings
  • Tracing Undisclosed & Hidden Assets – The family lawyers toolbox.

Appointments & Memberships:

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


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