Oliver Kavanagh

Year of call: 2015

Oliver is a busy Crown Court practitioner, defending those accused of offences including fraud, supply of drugs and serious violence. He is also a specialist Youth Court advocate and frequently achieves successful outcomes in challenging circumstances.

Experience

Oliver is comfortable dealing with legally and factually complex cases and prides himself on presenting his cases as clearly as possible in Court. He provides accessible and practical advice to clients and often assists with written advice and drafting. He is regularly commended by Judges for the quality of his written work.

Although he is a specialist jury advocate, Oliver accepts instructions in a broad range of work including Inquests and International Child Abduction. He has appeared in the High Court, County, Family and Administrative Courts and is often instructed in cases which span the civil and criminal jurisdictions, including trading standards investigations, sexual risk, criminal behaviour and football banning orders and proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Oliver is a member of the Serious Fraud Office Disclosure Panel.

Outside of chambers, Oliver is a qualified football referee and opened the bowling for the Bar cricket team at the 2020 Lawyers’ World Cup in New Zealand.

 

Notable Cases

B v H – successfully resisted serious accusations of child cruelty against Mother in a five-day Family Court fact-finding hearing despite children’s ‘consistent’ reports to professionals, following extensive cross-examination of Father which established the children had been heavily influenced by Father’s ‘extreme’ views

R v G – one-punch knock out ABH defendant acquitted of all three charges on basis of self-defence, helped by careful dissection of CCTV evidence and half-time submission of no case to answer on one charge

R v K – unlikely acquittal of racially aggravated assault on bar manager by drunk customer on the basis of self-defence

R v A – suspended sentence for conveying class A drugs into prison through mitigation dealing with coercion of ‘naïve’ defendant who had ‘a promising future’

F v E – successful appeal of a County Court judgment on Article 6 basis where Judge had not allowed cross-examination of claimant’s witness

R v M – achieved suspended sentence order for supply of class A drugs through reference to Equal Treatment Bench Book

R v T – conviction for public order offences overturned at re-trial where made successful non-defendant bad character application against complainant

R v D – successful appeal against conviction for assaulting emergency workers for vulnerable defendant due to officer’s admissions extracted under cross examination

R v S – appeal where sentence for numerous shoplifting offences reduced as Court had not had sufficient regard to totality

R v B – acquittal on basis of householder self-defence for mentally ill defendant charged with serious assaults on police officers who had forced entry to his hostel room

R v S – acquittal for youth charged with multiple robberies on basis of lack of identification evidence

R v R – young defendant pleaded guilty to violent disorder; successfully opposed Football Banning Order and received the minimum term referral order at the Youth Court, whereas co-defendants were committed to Crown Court for trial and sentence.

R v Z – acquittal for youth charged with knife-point robbery following extremely helpful cross-examination of young complainant.

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 L – two-day multi-handed robbery trial in the Youth Court involving intermediaries for client and complainant

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association

Young Fraud Lawyers

Society of Labour Lawyers

 

Qualifications

Law LLB (Hons), University of Liverpool: First Class

BPTC, City Law School: Outstanding

 

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