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Year of Call: 2014 ojones@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Oliver practises across Chambers’ core areas of commercial chancery work. He appears regularly in the High Court and County Court, both led and in his own right, on a broad range of commercial chancery matters. 

Oliver's recent work includes acting for the Claimants in Glenn v Watson (led by Elizabeth Jones QC), seeking to set aside transactions obtained by deceit and to recover secret profits, the trial of which took place over twelve weeks between May and July 2017. Oliver is also acting for two of six defendants to claims alleged to be worth over £50 million arising out of the sale of a fund of hedge funds business (led by John Machell QC) .

Oliver joined Chambers in October 2015 following completion of pupillage. His pupil supervisors were Matthew Morrison, Giles Richardson, Thomas Braithwaite and Justin Higgo. During pupillage he was involved in cases across the full spectrum of Chambers’ work. 

Between October and December 2015, Oliver was seconded to the Commercial Disputes team at Farrer & Co. During that time, he assisted in the lead-up to trial on two substantial pieces of litigation in the High Court (Barker v Baxendale Walker Solicitors [2016] EWHC 664 (Ch); and the GBM Minerals Engineering Consultants Ltd litigation), as well as advising clients on merits and strategy at the very early stages of litigation.

Before coming to the Bar, Oliver worked as a management consultant in a number of sectors including financial services, energy, and local and central government.

 

Areas of Expertise and Cases



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Civil Fraud

Acted for the Claimants in Glenn v Watson (led by Elizabeth Jones QC), seeking to set aside transactions obtained by deceit and to recover secret profits, the trial of which took place before Mr Justice Nugee over twelve weeks between May and July 2017.

Acted for the claimant firm of solicitors in proceedings against two employees who had defrauded the firm over a period of several years by the creation of false invoices for third party supplies and services.

Acted for the respondent to an application for a freezing injunction made after she had admitted defrauding her employer over several years.

Acted for a non-party applicant to obtain a variation to freezing injunctions obtained by various parties in the wake of the Timothy Sammons art fraud, so that she could obtain the release from storage of various valuable works of art which belonged to her. 

Assisted Dan McCourt Fritz in obtaining freezing and disclosure orders on behalf of a victim of a “boiler room” diamond scam, and subsequently in drafting and pursuing the substantive claim.


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Commercial Litigation

Currently acting for two of six defendants to claims alleged to be worth around £50 million arising out of the sale of a fund of hedge funds business (led by John Machell QC).

Advised a European commodity futures trader on the merits of bringing a claim for breach of contract against their London-based broker.

Assisted Matthew Morrison, led by Philip Marshall QC, in a six-day trial in the Chancery Division before Mr Justice Sales, acting for a Russian businessman and his offshore company in a claim for over £100m under a loan agreement and guarantee (Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Webinvest Ltd [2014] EWHC 3661 (Ch)). 

Assisted Dan McCourt Fritz, led by Lance Ashworth QC, in an appeal to the Court of Appeal on behalf of the director of a company who at first instance had been committed to prison for eight months for contempt of court in respect of his company’s breach of the terms of a freezing order. The appeal concerned inter alia the proper interpretation of the “ordinary and proper course of business” exception to freezing orders (Michael Wilson and Partners Ltd v Emmott [2015] EWCA 1028). 


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Company

Assisted Matthew Morrison, led by Hugh Norbury QC, in advising the liquidators of a company on the merits of bringing claims against the former directors for breach of duties and/or negligence in connection with the improper issue of loan notes in the company to potential investors in the United States. 

Assisted Matthew Morrison in bringing an unfair prejudice petition in a dispute between the three shareholders in a pharmacy business, and in defending a cross-claim for breach of director’s duties. 


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Insolvency

Re Arrinera Automotive Holdings Limited [2016]: argued successfully for the dismissal of the petition against the company, on the basis that the alleged debt was disputed genuinely and on substantial grounds. 

Advised on various matters relating to the bankruptcy of Mr Shlosberg in the aftermath of the Avonwick v Webinvest litigation. 

Acting for the respondents to a liquidator’s application under s.238 Insolvency Act 1986 in relation to payments totalling c. £500,000 which they received in relation to certain 'concierge lifestyle services'. 

Assisted Thomas Braithwaite in advising an Isle of Man corporate trustee in connection with an application made against it in England, under section 342(1)(d) Insolvency Act 1986, by the trustee in bankruptcy of the trust’s settlor.


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Partnership and LLP

Assisted John Machell QC in the Court of Appeal in a dispute between the partners in a solicitors practice as to the terms of their oral partnership agreement and what had been agreed as to the right to repayment of capital upon retirement (Bottrill v Harling [2015] EWCA Civ 564).

Assisted Thomas Braithwaite in advising a partnership on the proper interpretation of a clause in the partnership deed concerning the mechanism by which the partnership premises were to be valued upon the retirement of a partner.


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Professional Negligence

Assisted Dominic Dowley QC in advising a solicitor concerning allegations of breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the solicitor’s conduct of the sale of a residential property in Bermuda.

Assisted Giles Richardson, led by Philip Jones QC, in a class action against the promoters of an investment scheme and the firm of property valuers which valued the underlying assets in the scheme.  

Assisted Giles Richardson in proceedings against Isle of Man property valuers in connection with the negligent valuation of residential property.

Assisted Dan McCourt Fritz in bringing proceedings against a firm of solicitors for the negligent drafting of an LLP Members Agreement in connection with a firm’s conversion from traditional partnership to LLP status. 


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Property

Assisted Thomas Braithwaite in applying for an injunction on behalf of a residential developer to restrain the business activities of tenants in breach of covenant.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in bringing possession proceedings against a trespasser under Part 55 CPR. 


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Trusts and Probate

Acted for the Claimants in Glenn v Watson (led by Elizabeth Jones QC), seeking to set aside transactions obtained by deceit and to recover secret profits, the trial of which took place before Mr Justice Nugee over twelve weeks between May and July 2017.

Inchbald v Inchbald [2016] EWHC 3215 (Ch); [2017] EWHC 616 (Ch): led by Richard Wilson QC, Oliver appeared for the first defendant in this high profile probate dispute involving a want of knowledge and approval challenge to the last wills of the famous designer, Michael Inchbald. Instructed by Farrer & Co. LLP. 

Acted for the sole beneficiaries of the deceased's estate defending claims brought by their step-mother and her two children under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. 

Assisted Dakis Hagen who was acting as junior counsel, instructed by Withers LLP in a three week trial before Mr Justice Blair (sitting in the Family Division). The case concerned whether various UK properties were held pursuant to nominee arrangements, and raised inter alia issues concerning the proper law of sham and the applicability of the Jones v Kernott “common intention” constructive trust in the context of non-cohabitees. 

Assisted Giles Richardson in bringing proceedings against Nevis trustees seeking orders that the trustees vest the trust assets in new trustees, resign from all directorships held as a result of their being trustees, deliver up all documents and papers belonging to the trust, and provide an account in common form.

Assisted Giles Richardson acting for the claimant’s estate in a claim for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty against the defendant arising out of a property investment venture between the claimant and the defendant in the United States.

Assisted Thomas Braithwaite in advising an Isle of Man corporate trustee in connection with an application made against it in England, under section 342(1)(d) Insolvency Act 1986, by the trustee in bankruptcy of the trust’s settlor.

Oliver Jones

Oliver Jones

Year of Call: 2014
Email: ojones@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Oliver practises across Chambers’ core areas of commercial chancery work. He appears regularly in the High Court and County Court, both led and in his own right, on a broad range of commercial chancery matters. 

Oliver's recent work includes acting for the Claimants in Glenn v Watson (led by Elizabeth Jones QC), seeking to set aside transactions obtained by deceit and to recover secret profits, the trial of which took place over twelve weeks between May and July 2017. Oliver is also acting for two of six defendants to claims alleged to be worth over £50 million arising out of the sale of a fund of hedge funds business (led by John Machell QC) .

Oliver joined Chambers in October 2015 following completion of pupillage. His pupil supervisors were Matthew Morrison, Giles Richardson, Thomas Braithwaite and Justin Higgo. During pupillage he was involved in cases across the full spectrum of Chambers’ work. 

Between October and December 2015, Oliver was seconded to the Commercial Disputes team at Farrer & Co. During that time, he assisted in the lead-up to trial on two substantial pieces of litigation in the High Court (Barker v Baxendale Walker Solicitors [2016] EWHC 664 (Ch); and the GBM Minerals Engineering Consultants Ltd litigation), as well as advising clients on merits and strategy at the very early stages of litigation.

Before coming to the Bar, Oliver worked as a management consultant in a number of sectors including financial services, energy, and local and central government.

 

Areas of expertise

Civil Fraud

Acted for the Claimants in Glenn v Watson (led by Elizabeth Jones QC), seeking to set aside transactions obtained by deceit and to recover secret profits, the trial of which took place before Mr Justice Nugee over twelve weeks between May and July 2017.

Acted for the claimant firm of solicitors in proceedings against two employees who had defrauded the firm over a period of several years by the creation of false invoices for third party supplies and services.

Acted for the respondent to an application for a freezing injunction made after she had admitted defrauding her employer over several years.

Acted for a non-party applicant to obtain a variation to freezing injunctions obtained by various parties in the wake of the Timothy Sammons art fraud, so that she could obtain the release from storage of various valuable works of art which belonged to her. 

Assisted Dan McCourt Fritz in obtaining freezing and disclosure orders on behalf of a victim of a “boiler room” diamond scam, and subsequently in drafting and pursuing the substantive claim.

Commercial Litigation

Currently acting for two of six defendants to claims alleged to be worth around £50 million arising out of the sale of a fund of hedge funds business (led by John Machell QC).

Advised a European commodity futures trader on the merits of bringing a claim for breach of contract against their London-based broker.

Assisted Matthew Morrison, led by Philip Marshall QC, in a six-day trial in the Chancery Division before Mr Justice Sales, acting for a Russian businessman and his offshore company in a claim for over £100m under a loan agreement and guarantee (Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Webinvest Ltd [2014] EWHC 3661 (Ch)). 

Assisted Dan McCourt Fritz, led by Lance Ashworth QC, in an appeal to the Court of Appeal on behalf of the director of a company who at first instance had been committed to prison for eight months for contempt of court in respect of his company’s breach of the terms of a freezing order. The appeal concerned inter alia the proper interpretation of the “ordinary and proper course of business” exception to freezing orders (Michael Wilson and Partners Ltd v Emmott [2015] EWCA 1028). 

Company

Assisted Matthew Morrison, led by Hugh Norbury QC, in advising the liquidators of a company on the merits of bringing claims against the former directors for breach of duties and/or negligence in connection with the improper issue of loan notes in the company to potential investors in the United States. 

Assisted Matthew Morrison in bringing an unfair prejudice petition in a dispute between the three shareholders in a pharmacy business, and in defending a cross-claim for breach of director’s duties. 

Insolvency

Re Arrinera Automotive Holdings Limited [2016]: argued successfully for the dismissal of the petition against the company, on the basis that the alleged debt was disputed genuinely and on substantial grounds. 

Advised on various matters relating to the bankruptcy of Mr Shlosberg in the aftermath of the Avonwick v Webinvest litigation. 

Acting for the respondents to a liquidator’s application under s.238 Insolvency Act 1986 in relation to payments totalling c. £500,000 which they received in relation to certain 'concierge lifestyle services'. 

Assisted Thomas Braithwaite in advising an Isle of Man corporate trustee in connection with an application made against it in England, under section 342(1)(d) Insolvency Act 1986, by the trustee in bankruptcy of the trust’s settlor.

Partnership and LLP

Assisted John Machell QC in the Court of Appeal in a dispute between the partners in a solicitors practice as to the terms of their oral partnership agreement and what had been agreed as to the right to repayment of capital upon retirement (Bottrill v Harling [2015] EWCA Civ 564).

Assisted Thomas Braithwaite in advising a partnership on the proper interpretation of a clause in the partnership deed concerning the mechanism by which the partnership premises were to be valued upon the retirement of a partner.

Professional Negligence

Assisted Dominic Dowley QC in advising a solicitor concerning allegations of breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the solicitor’s conduct of the sale of a residential property in Bermuda.

Assisted Giles Richardson, led by Philip Jones QC, in a class action against the promoters of an investment scheme and the firm of property valuers which valued the underlying assets in the scheme.  

Assisted Giles Richardson in proceedings against Isle of Man property valuers in connection with the negligent valuation of residential property.

Assisted Dan McCourt Fritz in bringing proceedings against a firm of solicitors for the negligent drafting of an LLP Members Agreement in connection with a firm’s conversion from traditional partnership to LLP status. 

Property

Assisted Thomas Braithwaite in applying for an injunction on behalf of a residential developer to restrain the business activities of tenants in breach of covenant.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in bringing possession proceedings against a trespasser under Part 55 CPR. 

Trusts and Probate

Acted for the Claimants in Glenn v Watson (led by Elizabeth Jones QC), seeking to set aside transactions obtained by deceit and to recover secret profits, the trial of which took place before Mr Justice Nugee over twelve weeks between May and July 2017.

Inchbald v Inchbald [2016] EWHC 3215 (Ch); [2017] EWHC 616 (Ch): led by Richard Wilson QC, Oliver appeared for the first defendant in this high profile probate dispute involving a want of knowledge and approval challenge to the last wills of the famous designer, Michael Inchbald. Instructed by Farrer & Co. LLP. 

Acted for the sole beneficiaries of the deceased's estate defending claims brought by their step-mother and her two children under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. 

Assisted Dakis Hagen who was acting as junior counsel, instructed by Withers LLP in a three week trial before Mr Justice Blair (sitting in the Family Division). The case concerned whether various UK properties were held pursuant to nominee arrangements, and raised inter alia issues concerning the proper law of sham and the applicability of the Jones v Kernott “common intention” constructive trust in the context of non-cohabitees. 

Assisted Giles Richardson in bringing proceedings against Nevis trustees seeking orders that the trustees vest the trust assets in new trustees, resign from all directorships held as a result of their being trustees, deliver up all documents and papers belonging to the trust, and provide an account in common form.

Assisted Giles Richardson acting for the claimant’s estate in a claim for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty against the defendant arising out of a property investment venture between the claimant and the defendant in the United States.

Assisted Thomas Braithwaite in advising an Isle of Man corporate trustee in connection with an application made against it in England, under section 342(1)(d) Insolvency Act 1986, by the trustee in bankruptcy of the trust’s settlor.

Qualifications

Kaplan Law School: BPTC (Outstanding; first in the year).

Kaplan Law School: Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction; third in the year).

University of Leeds: BA (Hons), International History and Politics (First Class; first in the year).


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