Adrian Oliver


Adrian is senior partner and head of the defendant litigation team. Adrian oversees all litigation services within the practice but his own area of expertise is in the area of defending claims in respect of police forces and local authorities. Adrian is recognised as a leader in his field and ranked in the top band of lawyers in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. Adrian regulary provides assistance to local authority clients and commercial clients in their more significant claims and transactions. Notable cases have included:

  • Howarth v Chief Constable of Gwent Police EWHC 2836 QB) [2011]: the subjective and objective tests in cases of malicious prosecution
  • Robert Edward Seal v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2007] UKHL 32, House of Lords and ECHR 50330/07: whether a failure to obtain leave under s139(2) Mental Health Act 1983 renders subsequent proceedings a nullity
  • Michael O'Brien v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2005] 2 AC 534, House of Lords: similar fact evidence in civil proceedings
  • Carlco v Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police [2002] EWCA Civ 1754, Court of Appeal: whether judge had been entitled to strike out claim for non compliance with a disclosure order
  • Janet Leach v Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary [1999] 1 WLR 1421, Court of Appeal: whether a duty of care was owed by the police to an appropriate adult in a notorious multiple murder investigation
  • Mark Anthony Sacco v Chief Constable of South Wales Constabulary and others [1998] EWCA Civ 843, Court of Appeal: extent of the duty of care owed in the transportation of detained persons

Adrian is the practice's COLP.

The team leader Adrian Oliver has a “huge grasp of the legal aspects which he is able to translate into human terms” - Chambers and Partners

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