Harry was in 2018 again awarded Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year, by Chambers & Partners. This is the second time he has won this award, previously holding it in 2013. He was shortlisted as one of three finalists in 2012. No other barrister has ever won the award twice, and only one other has been nominated three times.
Harry specializes in divorce, financial remedies and provision under Schedule 1. His cases regularly involve ‘big’ and ‘very big’ money (including with assets up to £3bn).
He represents individuals, trusts and companies and has advised on overseas divorces including in Jersey, Guernsey, Cayman, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and Isle of Man. He is instructed to advise on pre-nuptial agreements including with international dimensions. Harry has been an expert witness on English law in foreign proceedings.
Harry Oliver is
- The only two times winner of the Chamber and Partners Family Junior Barrister of the Year (2013 and 2018)
- Ranked (since 2013) as one of only three ‘star individuals’ in Family Law at the junior bar in the same Chambers and Partners Bar Directory
- One of only three non-QCs ranked by the CityWealth Leaders List of Prominent Barristers.
- One of only 3 specialist divorce and matrimonial finance practitioners ranked in the ‘Chambers 100’ Bar list of the top 100 junior barristers working in any area of the law in England and Wales. That 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.’
Harry has particular experience with complex corporate, trust, tax and business valuation issues arising on divorce, whether relating to the UK or overseas jurisdictions. He is frequently instructed to appear as the sole or leading advocate against QCs, or as a first junior when being led himself. Allied to his specialism in financial matters, Harry undertakes cases where related jurisdictional and/or complex enforcement issues arise.
He and appeared in many of the leading reported cases in matrimonial finance matters (see below).
In addition, Harry is a qualified Arbitrator, and accepts instructions in that capacity, as well as to conduct Private FDRs.
- Bloom v Bloom & Kontiplaylova (publication and anonymity)  2 FCR 333;  EWFC B10
- Bloom v Bloom & Kontiplaylova (fraud, non-disclosure, inferences)  2 FCR 359;  EWFC B109
- WW v HW (Pre-Nuptial Agreement: Needs: Conduct)  Fam Law 1060;  EWHC 1844 (Fam)
- Thiry v Thiry  2 FLR 743 – Substantive proceedings.
- Thiry v Thiry  EWHC 2884 (Fam) – Committal & Sentence (non-disclosure)
- H v H (Financial Remedies)  2 FLR 447 (Court of Appeal)
- H v H (Periodical Payments: Variation: Clean Break)  2 FLR 1338
- Tchenguiz v Imerman (Trust Disclosure)  2 FLR 939
- Tchenguiz v Imerman (Joinder of Beneficiaries)  1 FLR 865
- Tchenguiz v Imerman (Common Interest Privilege)  1 FLR 232
- Whaley v Whaley (Court of Appeal & 1st Instance)  1 FLR 735
- Grubb v Grubb  EWCA Civ 976 sub nom G v G (Occupation Order) (Court of Appeal & 1st Instance)  1 FLR 687
- H v H (Financial Relief)  1 FLR 1864
- Ahmed v Khan  EWCA Civ 290 (Court of Appeal & 1st instance)
- Hvorostovsky v Hvorostovsky (Court of Appeal & 1st Instance)  2 FLR 1574
- Corbett v Corbett (Court of Appeal)  2 FLR 385
- B (A child)  EWCA Civ 1968
Harry is regularly invited to lecture including for:
- Jersey Family Lawyers Association
- Chancery Bar Association
- Jordans Annual Family Law Conference,
- The Resolution Annual National Conference (and regional conferences)
- IFC Family Law Annual Summit
- Family Law Bar Association
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
- Without Prejudice and Legal Professional Privilege: Common Pitfalls & Myths.
- Finances with a Foreign Element
- Imerman & Disclosure Issues
- Pensions and divorce
- Freezing Orders & Preservation of Assets
- Prenuptial Agreements Post Radmacher
- Tracing Undisclosed & Hidden Assets
Harry is experienced in arbitrations as an advocate, and he is a qualified Arbitrator himself and available to be instructed in that capacity.
Harry has, as an advocate, appeared in a great many private FDRs. He is also sought after to conduct them as the ‘quasi-Judge’
Reputation & Awards
"Technically brilliant, charismatic, the utmost attention to detail, has the ear of the court, fantastic judgment and always thinking steps ahead of everybody else."Legal 500, 2020 – Tier 1
Chambers & Partners Directory
Which have ranked him since 2002 and since 2013 as one of three ‘star individuals’.
‘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.Strengths: ‘He’s a forensic monster and nothing gets past him.’ ‘He’s a future High Court judge and has just got it all.’ 2018 – Star Individual
‘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…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
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 2 non QCs ranked)
‘ Harry combines a remarkable numeracy with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. He has enormous charisma and court presence.’ 2016–17
Chambers & Partners Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year: Winner – 2013; Winner – 2018, Shortlisted (1 of 3) – 2012.
Chambers & Partners ‘Top 100’ junior barristers in the UK in all specialisms (1 of only 3 family barristers)
CityWealth Leaders List – Prominent Barrister (family) 2016 to date.
University of Oxford (St Edmund Hall)
Inns of Court School of Law
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Family Law Bar Association (Elected committee member 2003 to 2009)
DCA Information Technology & Courts Working Group – 2005 to 2009
South Eastern Circuit
The Honourable Society of Grays Inn
French – conversational, rusty
Co-author of 1KBW on Trusts in Matrimonial Finance Proceedings