Oliver Kavanagh

Year of call: 2015

Oliver has a busy practice in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. He has particular expertise representing vulnerable individuals and defending children in the Youth Court. He prepares thoroughly and is regularly commended for the quality of his written work.


Oliver has defended in knife-point robberies, stabbings, frauds and trading standards investigations and frequently achieves successful outcomes in unlikely circumstances. He has also appeared in the County, Family and Administrative Courts and is comfortable dealing with proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Prior to joining chambers, Oliver worked at a boutique solicitors’ firm on large drugs conspiracies, serious sexual offences and murder cases as well as private driving matters for high-profile client’s.

Outside of chambers, Oliver is a qualified football referee and plays for the Bar cricket team.


Notable Cases

R v L two-day multi-handed robbery trial in the Youth Court involving intermediaries for client and complainant
R v S acquittal for youth charged with numerous knife-point robberies on basis of lack of identification evidence
R v P obtained youth caution at Court having asked the YOT to look again at the case in circumstances where a conviction would have been disastrous for client’s future career plans
R v B successful mitigation on the basis of provocation to achieve community order for threats with offensive weapon

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers
Young Legal Aid Lawyers


Law LLB (Hons), University of Liverpool: First Class
BPTC, City Law School: Outstanding


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