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Oliver Powell is ranked in both Chambers & Partners (UK) and The Legal 500. He primarily undertakes instructions that involve the regulation of business activity and commerce. His practice encompasses: asset forfeiture & civil recovery; commercial fraud; health, safety & environmental law; indirect tax and maritime regulatory law.
Oliver acts for multinationals, SMEs, private individuals and government departments. For further information please see his specialist biographies.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Oliver worked for a West End firm and at the Solicitor’s Office of H.M. Revenue & Customs in VAT & Excise Litigation. His strong interpersonal skills, candid advice and robust advocacy allow him to forge solid working relationships, making him a popular choice and highly sought after by solicitors and clients alike.
Oliver is Direct Access accredited and in the appropriate circumstances is happy to accept instructions on this premise.
- The law and practice of international investigations: Privilege (UK), Global Investigations Review, co-written with Saaman Pourghadiri (OTC), Andrew Thornton-Dibb and David Kirk (McGuireWoods London LLP) (Autumn 2017)
- Contributor to Millington & Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime (Fifth Edition), OUP (to be published in Autumn 2017)
- Unexplained Wealth Orders, Recovery, co-written with Robert Starkins, Director CVR Global LLP (Spring 2017)
- ‘Bribery and corruption—what are the remedies available to those affected?’, Trusts & Trustees, Volume 23, Issue 3, April 2017, OUP, co-written with Katarina Sydow (OTC) (2017)
- The law and practice of international investigations: Privilege (UK), Global Investigations Review, co-written with Saaman Pourghadiri (OTC), Andrew Thornton-Dibb and David Kirk (McGuireWoods London LLP) (Spring 2017)
- Marine accidents: investigations and inquiries (UK Westlaw Insight), Sweet & Maxwell, co-written with Richard Morris, Partner Thomas Cooper LLP (2016)
- Marine accidents: investigations and inquiries (UK Westlaw Insight), Sweet & Maxwell, co-written with Ian Lawrie QC (2014)
- Contributor to Millington & Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime (Fourth Edition), OUP (2013)
- A Supplementary Code for Crown Prosecutors, a draft code to be used when the MMO or MCA are contemplating bringing a prosecution against a seafarer, Seafarer’s Rights International, co-written with Ian Lawrie QC (October 2012)
- Generic Advice & Guidance Manual for Seafarers, concerning prosecutions and investigations bought on behalf of government agencies around the globe, Seafarers’ Rights International, co-written with Ian Lawrie QC (June 2012)
- Advice & Guidance Manual for Seafarers, concerning investigations and prosecutions bought by the police and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, together with investigations by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, Seafarers’ Rights International, co-written with Ian Lawrie QC (March 2012)
- A Very Civil Fraud, Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, co-written with Mark Sutherland Williams (May & June 2011).
Commercial & Chancery
Oliver accepts instructions in the following areas:
- Asset recovery
- Bribery & Corruption
- Civil & Commercial Fraud
- Commercial & Financial Wrongdoing
- Corporate investigations
- Contract Disputes
- Debt Recovery
- Freezing, Proprietary & Interim Injunctions
- Indirect Tax
In the first four years of his practice Oliver was regularly instructed in the area of MTIC / carousel fraud and appeals to the First-Tier Tax Tribunal in relation to withheld VAT. He carved out a niche as one of the leading juniors in this area and appeared as junior counsel in one of the largest MTIC appeals ever litigated (Darren Richard Leitch t/a London Mobile Communications LON/2008/1823 & 1824). In 2010 Oliver was instructed as junior counsel in one of HMRC’s largest indirect tax frauds, MAK Corporation Ltd v HMRC (£72 million of input tax).
In addition to VAT matters, Oliver has advised on and appeared in appeals before the Tribunal in cases involving the seizure of goods for alleged non-payment of Excise Duty, breaches of prohibitions and regulations on importation and associated non-restoration appeals.
Oliver also has extensive experience in condemnation proceedings involving the liability of goods to forfeiture under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.
Behzad Fuels (UK) Limited v HMRC  UKUT 0321 (TCC)
Behzad Fuels (UK) Limited v HMRC  UKFTT 214 (TC)
Xhosa Office Rentals Ltd v H (2015) (Worldwide Freezing Order)
Euro Wines (Cash & Carry) Limited v HMRC  UKFTT 331 (TC)
Behzad Fuels (UK) Limited v HMRC  UKFTT 850 (TC)
Reddrock Limited v HMRC  All ER (D) 142
London Pilsner Limited v HMRC  UKFTT 285 (TC)
Darren Richard Leitch t/a London Mobile Communications v HMRC  UKFTT 229 (TC)
Option NCT Ltd v HMRC  UKFTT 768 (TC)
Fusion Electronics Ltd v HMRC  UKFTT 529 (TC)
SC VRG Roby Trans SRL v UKBA TC/2011/04694
Ven Hugh Glaisyer v UKBA TC/2011/03984
Murray Harper European Removals v HMRC TC/2009/12569
Sebastian Truminski v HMRC LON/2008/8128
Pan Euro Ventures v HMRC LON/2008/1170
Appointments & Memberships
- Appointed to the CPS Advocate Panel Scheme
- Appointed to the SFO Advocate Panel Scheme
- Appointed Vice-Chairman of British Marine Insurance, Financial and Legal Services
- Admiralty Bar Group
- Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
- British Marine
- Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
- Fraud Advisory Panel
- Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association
- Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association
- Revenue Bar Association
- Royal Yachting Association
- The Fraud Lawyers Association
- Western Circuit
- Junior counsel in GLS Prosecution Team of the Year (2015)
Oliver Powell is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.
Areas of Law
“He is superb to work with. He works night and day for his clients, and always gets great results”. Chambers & Partners 2018
“He’s brilliant with clients, very bright, really quick to grasp things and has really good communication skills.” Chambers & Partners 2017
“The quality of work that he does is exceptional and he punches above his weight – he’ll often be against silks and leading juniors even though he’s less senior because he’s such an expert in this area of the law. What it comes down to is that he just works harder than anyone else – he’s completely committed to his client’s cause.” Chambers & Partners 2017
“Instructed by the CPS and top firms in complex POCA matters.” Legal 500 2016
“Has a very commanding courtroom presence but is pleasant with it.” Chambers & Partners 2016
“Thorough and commercially astute”, he “studies briefs thoroughly and can handle complex instructions at very short notice.” Chambers & Partners 2016
“Very highly regarded junior who punches above his weight by a mile”. Chambers & Partners 2016
“He prepares his cases consummately.” Legal 500 2015
“Very intelligent, approachable, commercial and phenomenal on his feet”. Chambers & Partners 2015
“He’s extremely ambitious and also the real deal: he’s got what it takes to really succeed.” Chambers & Partners 2015