Oliver completed his pupillage in Planning and Environment Law under the supervision of Richard Kimblin QC in 2019. After his first six months of practice, he was included in the 2020 Planning Law Survey as one of the top rated planning barristers under 35.
Oliver has been involved in several high-profile court cases including R (Heathrow Hub Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport  EWHC 1069 (Admin) and Friends of the Earth Ltd v SSHCLG  EWHC 518 (Admin). He was instructed as a junior by CALA Homes to bring a s288 claim in the High Court shortly after obtaining tenancy.
Oliver has also been instructed as a junior at a number of significant inquiries. As a junior to Paul Cairnes QC, Oliver recently secured planning permission for 350 homes in West Malling, Kent. The sites had been allocated for employment use.
Oliver’s advisory practice encompasses the following areas of expertise:
- Breaches of Condition
- Commencement of Development
- Policy Interpretation
- Judicial Review
- Permitted Development Rights
- S106 Agreements
- Injunctive Relief
- Heritage Assets
- The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations
Oliver’s interest in environmental law encompasses the regulatory field. He has been instructed as a junior Counsel on several occasions to defend prosecutions for environmental offences in the criminal courts. In his own right, Oliver has represented many prosecuting authorities and is well placed to advise them on matters relating to planning enforcement, statutory nuisance and community protection.
Oliver finished as a runner up in the Inner Temple Advocacy Competition 2019. He has appeared before appellate tribunals on several occasions in the course of his pro bono work.
Inner Temple Advocacy Prize 2019 – Runner Up
BA, Philosophy Politics and Economics, Oxford