People

Oliver Jones

Year of Call: 2009

Clerk: Luke Carvalho luke.carvalho@brickcourt.co.uk

Oliver Jones

Year of Call: 2009

Clerk: Luke Carvalho   luke.carvalho@brickcourt.co.uk

"A rising star and also an excellent team player."
- Legal 500 2016

"His ability far outstrips his call and he is a major star of the future."
- Legal 500 2016

Overview

 

Oliver Jones is a leading junior with a broad litigation practice, encompassing commercial, public and international law. The directories have said: “one to watch out for”, “fantastically rigorous intellect”, “total glutton for work”, “really mature beyond his years, he is remarkably good”, “brilliant written and oral advocate”, impresses with his work rate and intellectual ability” and “a safe pair of hands in difficult litigation”.

Oliver regularly appears at the highest level in appeals before the Supreme Court and Privy Council across a broad spectrum of work, including SerVaas v Republic of Iraq & Ors [2012] UKSC 40, in relation to the immunity of Iraqi assets from execution, Nzolameso v City of Wesminster [2015] UKSC 22, concerning a local authority practice of housing homeless persons outside their districts, Belhaj v The Rt. Hon Jack Straw & Ors (ongoing), in relation to whether claims for mistreatment involving UK officials are blocked by State immunity or the act of State doctrine, and Paulley v FirstGroup (ongoing), concerning the obligations of bus companies to make reasonable adjustments for disabled passengers pursuant to the Equality Act.

Oliver regularly appears in heavyweight commercial litigation and is currently acting for the former CFO of Autonomy in his US$5 billion dispute with HP over alleged accounting fraud in the lead up to HP’s acquisition of Autonomy. He also appeared in Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc [2014] EWHC 2073 (Comm) (one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2013) and Anar & Atrill v Dresdner Kleinwort & Commerzbank [2013] EWCA Civ 394 (one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2012).

Oliver is also regularly instructed in high-profile public law challenges to government decisions, including R (Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association) v Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport [2014] EWHC 3236 (Admin), a challenge to new licensing provisions in relation to remote betting operators and R (Drax Power) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWCA Civ 1153, a challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision not to award a £1.3 billion renewable energy subsidy contract.

Oliver also has extensive experience of international law and State immunity issues in various contexts. Together with the Supreme Court appeals outlined above, he has appeared against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Mid-East Sales v Pakistan [2014] EWHC 1457 (Comm) in relation to Pakistan’s responsibility for its nuclear weapons development programme, for the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund in a series of cases concerning its immunity from jurisdiction and enforcement, and has acted for victims of US drone strikes in a challenge to the legality of reported GCHQ involvement in those attacks: R (Noor Khan) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2014] EWCA Civ 24.

Oliver is a member of the bar of the British Virgin Islands where he has appeared in a series of asset freezing and jurisdiction disputes.

He is also is a member of the Attorney General's C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

practice areas

Oliver Jones has a broad practice encompassing commercial litigation, administrative law and international law. Oliver is a member of the Attorney General's C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

Commercial

Assuranceforeningen Gard Gjensidig v The International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund [2014] EWHC 3369 (Comm): appeared for the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund in a challenge to the jurisdiction of the English courts over the Fund on the basis of international organisation immunity.

Mid-East Sales v Pakistan [2014] EWHC 1457 (Comm): appeared for Mid-East Sales in a claim relating to Pakistan’s responsibility for debts arising from its nuclear weapons development programme.

Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc [2014] EWHC 2073 (Comm): instructed for Sebastian Holdings in a multi-billion dollar Commercial Court claim concerning foreign exchange and equities trading. It was one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2013.

Mutual Holdings (Bermuda) Limited & Ors v Diane Hendricks & Ors [2013] UKPC 13 (Privy Council): instructed for the Appellants in an appeal against a finding that the renewal of a Bermudan reinsurance scheme had been procured by fraud.

Anar & Atrill v Dresdner Kleinwort & Commerzbank [2013] EWCA Civ 394: instructed for the Defendant banks in a claim by bankers in relation to bonuses allegedly promised to them at the height of the credit crunch. It was one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2012.

SerVaas Incorporated v Rafidain Bank & Republic of Iraq & Ors [2012] UKSC 40: appeared for the Republic of Iraq at all levels to resist an attempt by SerVaas to enforce a judgment of the Paris Commercial Court against Iraqi assets on the basis that those assets were immune from execution pursuant to the State Immunity Act 1978.

Telenor East Holdings II AS v Altimo Holdings & Investments Ltd [2011] EWHC B5 (Comm): acted for VimpelCom to resist an injunction sought under the Arbitration Act 1996.

Templeton Insurance Ltd v Motorcare Warranties Ltd & Ors [2010] EWHC 3113 (Comm): acted for the Defendants in a Commercial Court trial regarding unpaid premiums under agreements for the sale of mechanical breakdown insurance.

Public Law

R (Totally Wicked) v Secretary of State for Health and R (British American Tobacco) v Secretary of State for Health: instructed for the Secretary of State in various challenges to the provisions of the new Tobacco Products Directive.

R (Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association Ltd) v Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs: instructed for the Secretary of State in a challenge to new tax provisions in relation to remote betting operators.

R (Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association Ltd) v Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport [2014] EWHC 3236 (Admin): instructed for the Secretary of State in a challenge to new licensing provisions in relation to remote betting operators.

R (Drax Power Ltd) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWCA Civ 1153: instructed for the Secretary of State in a challenge to his decision not to award a £1.3 billion renewable energy subsidy contract to Drax.

R (Noor Khan) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2014] EWCA Civ 24: instructed by a family member of a victim of US drone strikes in Pakistan in a challenge to the legality of reported GCHQ involvement in those attacks.

R (British Horseracing Authority) v Horseracing Levy Board [2013] EWCA Civ 487: instructed for Betfair (the Interested Party) in relation to a challenge to the Board's decision to impose horseracing levy on customers of betting exchanges.

R (Tottenham Hotspur Plc) v Olympic Park Legacy Company, the Mayor of London & Others (Administrative Court): appeared for the Mayor of London in relation to the challenge to the decision to award the lease of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham football club. 

R (Luton BC & Ors) v Secretary of State for Education [2011] EWHC 217 (Admin): appeared for Waltham Forest in its challenge to the lawfulness of the Secretary of State for Education's decision to cancel the Building Schools for the Future Programme.

R (on the application of Salford Estates) v Salford City Council [2011] EWHC 2135 (Admin) (Administrative Court): appeared for Tesco Plc (an Interested Party) to resist a challenge by Salford Estates to a decision of Salford City Council to dispose of land to Tesco for the construction of a supermarket.

Matrix SCM-Limited v London Borough of Newham [2011] EWHC 2414 (Ch) (Chancery Division): appeared for Matrix in a challenge under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.

EU/Competition

R (Totally Wicked) v Secretary of State for Health and R (British American Tobacco) v Secretary of State for Health: instructed for the Secretary of State in various challenges to the provisions of the new Tobacco Products Directive.

R (Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association Ltd) v Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs: instructed for the Secretary of State in a challenge to new tax provisions in relation to remote betting operators.

R (Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association Ltd) v Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport [2014] EWHC 3236 (Admin): instructed for the Secretary of State in a challenge to new licensing provisions in relation to remote betting operators.

Matrix SCM-Limited v London Borough of Newham [2011] EWHC 2414 (Ch) (Chancery Division): appeared for Matrix in a challenge under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.

Publications

Oliver R Jones and Robert McCorquodale, “Sovereign Immunity from Enforcement of Debts”, Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 2012.

Oliver R Jones and Chido Dunn, "Supreme Court of Zimbabwe: Commercial Farmers Union et al v Minister of Laws & Rural Resettlement et al - Introductory Note" (2011) 50 International Legal Materials 653.

Oliver R Jones and Chido Dunn, "Legal Documents Relating to Land Reform in Zimbabwe" (2010) 49 International Legal Materials 1380.

Contributor to Contract Law: Cases and Materials (BPP Law School, 2010).

Oliver R Jones and Chido Dunn, "Consent, Forced Renegotiation and Expropriation in International Law" (2010) 26(3) Arbitration International 391.

Oliver R Jones, "State Responsibility for the Actions of Private Military Firms" (2009) 24 Connecticut Journal of International Law 239.

Oliver Jones "Australian constitutional guarantee of acquisition on just terms" [2009] 2 Bulletin of International Legal Developments 4.

Qualifications

Bar Vocational Course, City Law School, 2008-2009 (1st in year, Outstanding).

Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford, 2007-2008 (Distinction).

Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney, 2001-2006 (1st in year, 1st class).

Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney, 2001-2004 (1st class).

Scholarships and Prizes

Lord Scarman Scholarship (City Law School).

Oxford University Press Prize for Advocacy and Civil Procedure (City Law School).

Student of the Year, Ede & Ravenscroft Wig and Gown Prize (Lincoln's Inn).

Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn).

Eastham Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn).

Buchanan Prize (Lincoln's Inn).

Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln's Inn).

Clarendon Scholarship (Oxford University).

Peter Cameron Sydney-Oxford Scholarship (Sydney University).

Prizes for 1st place in Contract Law, Advanced Contract Law, Equity and Trusts, Company Law and Legal Ethics (Sydney University).

Directory Quotes

  • "Extremely bright, inventive and user-friendly junior" who is "very approachable, and considered in his approach." (Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • "Very bright and hands-on. Good at getting up to speed with complex facts quickly, and then being able to give sensible advice on complicated issues. Also approachable and calm in a crisis." "A very thorough junior, absolutely up to speed on EU and public law issues, who has excellent judgement as to what will work with a court. He is reliable, dependable, drafts very nicely and gets the job done." (Chambers & Partners, 2017)
  • "A rising star and also an excellent team player." (Legal 500 2016)
  • "His ability far outstrips his call and he is a major star of the future." (Legal 500 2016)
  • "He is user-friendly and a safe pair of hands in difficult litigation." (Chambers & Partners, 2014)
  • Oliver is a very promising junior, hard-working, highly intelligent and very easy to work with." "Oliver Jones demonstrates a commercial approach and impressive command of detail." (Chambers & Partners, 2014)
  • "New entrant to the rankings Oliver Jones is "really mature beyond his years; he is remarkably good."" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • "Another "highly promising junior" is the "truly excellent" Oliver Jones, who demonstrates "a commercial approach" and has "an impressive command of detail." He is "one to watch out for"" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • “Recommended juniors include... Oliver Jones” (Legal 500, 2013)
  • "Recommended juniors include... ‘brilliant written and oral advocate' Oliver Jones."  (The Legal 500 2012)

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