The Legal 500
Oliver appears for the Appropriate Authority in police misconduct proceedings concerning allegations of sexual harassment made by female detective constables and sergeants against a detective inspector.
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Experience and Expertise
Oliver has built a reputation as an approachable and hard-working advocate. He has appeared in a large number of noteworthy inquests, including the Hillsborough Inquests. Oliver has also acted for the police authority in a number of police misconduct cases against notorious police officers. He has acted for renowned doctors before the General Medical Council and has been involved in a number of high profile medical negligence cases and product liability litigation.
Cases and work of note
Oliver has appeared in many important and high profile cases over the years including: Edwards v Chesterfield  2 AC 22 in the Supreme Court on behalf of Mr Edwards; and GMC v Southall  EWCA Civ 407 in the Court of Appeal on behalf of Dr Southall in medical work.
In policing: R (Bonnard) v Sharpling  EWHC 3384 (Admin) in the Administrative Court on behalf of Cleveland Police Authority; and The Hillsborough Inquests on behalf of the retired match day commanders.
Oliver is featured by both the leading legal directories. He is ranked by Chambers & Partners for his expertise in police law and by both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for his expertise in Inquests and Inquiries. He is described as “an excellent junior with a very good eye for detail.”
Other recent directory editorial includes the following:
- without doubt one of the most talented juniors in his field;
- standard of cross-examination is excellent;
- a nice manner and good judgement;
- has a good brain and is a good drafter;
- popular with clients;
- his attention to detail is second to none;
- he has an exceptional ability to deal with lay clients with empathy but at the same time firmness when needed;
- he is a QC in the making, without doubt;
- I’ve been impressed by him. He works very hard;
- his advocacy is very good;
- he’s got good judgement and a nice easy manner in his questioning;
- impressive on the advocacy side;
- he is an excellent, hard-working barrister;
- is careful and precise in his work;
- he has excellent attention to detail;
- is very patient with clients;
- he has a fantastic ability to support clients through difficult circumstances;
- he is hardworking with a meticulous eye and builds great rapport with clients;
- he has intellectual weight and understanding of the police operational context;
- very diligent;
- provides clear advice;
- very intelligent;
- always able to put clients at ease;
- he is a fantastic negotiator;
- is quick to think on his feet;
- he is approachable;
- caring with clients;
- being careful and meticulous in his analysis;
- he deals with a lot of peripheral issues in a very flexible way;
- has a quick turnaround time;
- very fair and measured;
- knows his papers;
- is persistent but polite to witnesses;
- very approachable and bright, and produces good written work;
- he’s got good judgement;
- a nice easy manner when it comes to questioning witnesses;
- you can have a full and frank debate with him about how to approach something; and
- he has great technical know-how.
- Oliver was an author on Medical Treatment: Decisions and the Law – The Mental Capacity Act in Action (3 Serjeants’ Inn, Christopher Johnston (Ed.) (Second Edition, Bloomsbury, 2009).
- Medical Treatment: Decisions and the Law, 3rd edition, Bloomsbury, 2016.
- Oliver also provided material used in Atkin’s Court Forms SPORTS LAW — ACF Vol 36(2)(2013 Issue).
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Bar Council Membership No: 53585
Registered Name: Oliver Jack Williamson
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