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1992
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Oliver Jarvis
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Overview

Oliver is a defence specialist and has acted as lead counsel in many trials. Oliver defends throughout England and Wales in serious and often high-profile cases which have given him a particular understanding of the pressures individuals face and how to defend such cases successfully.

Oliver’s area of specialism include murder, organised crime (involving drugs conspiracies, money laundering and fraud), fatal road traffic offences (as recommended by The Legal 500) and regulatory offences, in particular health and safety.

Oliver’s knowledge of information technology assists him particularly in fraud cases which demand the management of vast amounts of material. This enables a pro-active approach to crucial issues such as non-disclosure and abuse of process. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous large scale frauds.


Recommendations

"He provides a top-notch service to clients and solicitors." - Legal 500 2016

"Able to handle voluminous amounts of material" - Legal 500 2015

“A meticulous and strategic criminal defence specialist.” - Legal 500 2014



Cases

  • R v Bibi – After an eight week trial at Leeds crown court, the Defendant was acquitted of involvement in the exploitation and trafficking of immigrant workers.
  • R v Iqbal - The defendant was tried and acquitted following a four-week trial, for an offence of perverting the course of justice. It was alleged that he removed a blood-soaked sofa from the scene of a double killing. 
  • R v G - Liverpool Crown Court. The deceased was painted white by the defendants and then murdered by the insertion of a mop handle.
  • R v B - Chester Crown Court. Torture Murder.
  • R v Gerrard - Chester Crown Court. Cutthroat defence involving the murder of the defendant's ex-partner.
  • R v Thompson & others - Oliver was leading Junior in this case. This was a million pound conspiracy to defraud elderly people throughout the UK. The case against Thompson was eventually dropped at trial.
  • R v Chen - This involved an international fraud, co-ordinated from Portugal in which thousands of elderly home owners were persuaded to part with vast sums for needless damp proof courses. Chen’s involvement was captured on the BBC programme “Rogue Traders”. The confiscation proceedings in the Court of Appeal were successfully appealed, setting a new precedent for the assessment of pension funds. Oliver was the leading junior.
  • R v Darshan Kaur - Leeds Crown Court. As leading junior Oliver was the only counsel to secure an acquittal in a multi-million pound money laundering case stemming from the activities of a drugs baron called Malik. The case was so vast that the number of defendants had to be split into three trials. The criminal investigation and trial process lasted for five years.
  • R v S - Manchester Crown Court. International cocaine conspiracy involving an agreement to import 200 kilos from the Caribbean.
  • R v A - Bradford Crown Court. The defendant was acquitted following a defence application to dismiss. The prosecution alleged that the defendant was part of a conspiracy to flood the Bradford area with heroin, brought up from London.
  • R v L - The defendant was allegedly part of an organised crime group, distributing Class A drugs throughout the North of England. Following a successful application to dismiss, the prosecution sought a Voluntary Bill, which the defence successfully opposed.
  • R v T - A well-known television soap star received a non-custodial sentence, following an admission that he broke someone's jaw in an unprovoked attack.

Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association

Education

  • Law (Hons) Northumbria University

Beyond the Bar

Oliver is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction on life in the courtroom. He wrote highly acclaimed Radio 4 drama Judgement exploring a barrister’s thought processes whilst cross-examining a rape victim. Using his knowledge of the Indonesian language he traveled to Sumatra where he wrote and presented a BBC documentary entitled Mum Knows Best, which compared two neighbouring tribes, one of which has a matrilineal system of inheritance.

His first novel, a legal thriller, Death By Dangerous was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger. His second novel, Cut-Throat Defence was published in 2016. Find out more at ollyjarvis.co.uk

Oliver also speaks basic Polish, Indonesian and French.