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“An impressive senior junior well versed in large scale litigation”. Oliver Powell is ranked in both Chambers & Partners (UK) and The Legal 500 (in 4 practice areas). One solicitor observed: “He’s a meticulous, hard-working practitioner who provides sound, commercial advice”. He is praised as “an extremely confident and charming advocate”. 

He undertakes instructions that involve the regulation of business activity and commerce. His practice encompasses: asset forfeiture & civil recovery; business crime; civil fraud; financial services; health & safety; and indirect tax.

Recent or extant work includes:

  • representing Behzad Fuels (UK) Ltd in the Court of Appeal;
  • advising a well-known fund manager in relation to an FCA investigation;
  • retained in respect of the largest ever financial investigation conducted in the IOM;
  • representing a former SVP of Alstom Network UK charged with conspiracy to corrupt;
  • advising an individual following the London Capital & Finance Plc collapse;
  • retained by Bombardier in relation to the 2016 Croydon tram derailment;
  • advising a large corporate in relation to an investigation by OFSI;
  • advising a FTSE 250 company in relation to ABC and AML matters.

Oliver is routinely instructed in matters with an international element and usually cases involving allegations of dishonesty, sharp practice or breach of trust. He is a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), a member of the New York State Bar Association, and in recent years has undertaken work in inter alia: USA, UAE, Greece, Falkland Islands and UK offshore jurisdictions such as the Isle of Man.

Oliver acts for multinationals, SMEs and private individuals, and is routinely instructed by City law firms. His strong interpersonal skills, candid advice and robust advocacy allow him to forge solid working relationships, making him a popular choice with solicitors and clients alike.


  • Contributor to Millington & Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime (Sixth Edition), OUP (to be published in 2022)
  • Contributor to Lissack & Horlick on Bribery (Third Edition), LexisNexis (2020)
  • Co-author on Conducting Investigations in the Midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: Five Threats and an Opportunity, Inside (Summer 2020), Vol. 38, No. 2, Corporate Counsel Section, NYSBA
  • Co-author on How the UK justice system has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Public Sector Counter Fraud Journal, Issue 5 (June 2020)
  • Co-author on Sanctions: Foreign Policy, Economic Warfare, or Both?, Inside (Spring/Summer 2019), Vol. 37, No. 1, Corporate Counsel Section, NYSBA
  • Contributor to Millington & Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime (Fifth Edition), OUP (2018)
  • Co-author on The law and practice of international investigations: Privilege (UK), Global Investigations Review (2016 to present)
  • Co-author on Marine accidents: investigations and inquiries (UK Westlaw Insight), Sweet & Maxwell (2014 to present)
  • Contributor to Millington & Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime (Fourth Edition), OUP (2013)
  • Co-author on 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 (2012)
  • Co-author on Generic Advice & Guidance Manual for Seafarers, concerning prosecutions and investigations bought on behalf of government agencies around the globe, Seafarers’ Rights International (2012)
  • Co-author on 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 (2012)

Health, Safety & Environment

Oliver is ranked in the Legal 500 for Health & Safety (Tier 1) and Environment. He acts for companies and company officers in prosecutions brought by the HSE and local authorities. He is routinely involved in matters where there have been fatalities or serious injuries in the workplace. He is currently retained in respect of a number of matters which are being investigated for gross negligence or corporate manslaughter and associated offences under HSWA 1974.

Whilst he is highly experienced is cases that have their genesis in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare and transport sectors, Oliver is renowned for health, safety and environmental matters emanating from the maritime sector. He is routinely involved in prosecutions brought by the MCA, MMO, PLA and IFCAs. Such work includes fatal and non-fatal accidents at sea, collisions, pollution and fisheries.

Oliver is often retained by companies at the outset of a criminal, civil and/or regulatory investigation. He will advise them on inter alia best practice in relation to the interplay between the different investigations, interviews and privilege. By instructing Oliver during the infancy of an investigation, companies have quickly come to realise how his experience and sound advice have huge benefits to the team involved.

In addition to prosecutions and regulatory investigations, Oliver is frequently instructed in coronial inquests and inquiries, appearing on behalf of companies and company officers. Clients include; Beko, Bombardier, Clipper Ventures Plc, Croydon Coaches (UK) Ltd, Hallmark Care Homes, Fresenius Healthcare Group, IKO-Design Ltd, and Waterland Gear Limited.

Oliver is regularly invited to speak at health & safety seminars and conferences. Recent engagements have included: HSLA; UK Harbour Masters’ Association and Port Skills & Safety.


R v GH & Others
Acting for a company director charged with gross negligence manslaughter. Listed for trial Spring 2022.

Inquests arising from the 2016 Croydon tram derailment 
Acting for Bombardier. Final hearing to begin in May 2021.

Company A (ongoing)
Retained to advise a very large company in respect of a fatality and associated product recall issues.

Company B (ongoing)
Retained to advise a very large company in respect of an investigation by a fire and rescue service.

R v AH, RH & Others (ongoing)
Acting for two directors of the Burlington Care Group.

R v Marr (‘Vertrouwen’) (Operation Barnet) (2021)
Triple fatality.

Luton Borough Council v Assent Building Control Ltd (2020)

EA v Carr & Bircher (2020)

CCC  v TSSCCIC Limited t/a ‘Delta Force Paintball’ (2020) 

HSE v H J Bennett Limited & Others (2020)
Fatality on a construction site.

MCA v Sky Mare Navigation Company (2020)
Fatality that occurred during a lifting operation on a vessel.

HSE v MTE (Leicester) Limited & Others (2020)

MCA v London Party Boats Limited (2020)
River Thames collision resulting in £1.6m of damage.

Cardiff County Council v Swansea Audio Limited (‘Coyote Ugly’) (2019)

MCA v Ravestein, Port of London Authority, PMSL & Goatham (‘Chiefton’) (2019)
Fatality on the River Thames that occurred during a towage operation.

North Hertfordshire District Council v Charles Wells Limited (2019)

Caerphilly County Borough Council v Hughes Forrest Limited (2019) 

HSE v Red Funnel (2019)

HSE v Ashford Timber Limited (2019)

Inquest touching the death of Celso Banas (2019)
Acted for K Line.

Croydon Coaches (UK) Ltd (2019) 
Public Inquiry before the Traffic Commissioner. Acted for the company.

HM Attorney General of Jersey v Michal Dorynek (2018)
Instructed as an overseas legal expert.

CQC v Rushcliffe Care Ltd (2018)

HSE v Tubular Erectors Ltd (2018)

MCA v Roger Lennon (2018)

HSE v IKO-Design Ltd (2018)
Fatality in a factory.

Inquest touching the death of Andrew Ashman (2017) 
Acted for Clipper Ventures Plc.

HSE v Leo Building Construction Ltd and Jutla (2017)

HSE v Monoworld Recycling Ltd (2017)

R v Doug Innes and Stormforce Coaching Ltd (‘Cheeki Rafiki’) (2017)
Advised the MCA and latterly the CPS in a two-year investigation involving the death of four British sailors in the Atlantic.

MCA v Nicholas Barrett (2017)

HSE v TE Scudder and Pearson (2017)

MCA v Barton (2017) 

Inquest touching the death of John Wilson (2017)
Acted for Beko.

Port of London Authority v MacGregor (2016)

Port of London Authority v Thames Marine Gateway Ltd and Beasley (2016)

HSE v North Devon Homes Ltd (2016)

Inquest touching the death of Ranyodh Singh (2016)
Acted for IKO-Design Ltd.

MCA v Serco Ltd (‘Woolwich Free Ferry’) (2015)

MCA v Jones & Morus (‘the Cardiff Bay Collision’) (2014)

MCA v Serco Ltd (‘Barge 1706’) (2014)

Milford Haven Port Authority v Hinders (‘the Matterhorn Spirit’) (2013)

MCA v Hudson & Flushing Ferry Ltd (2013)

HSE v Kempston Cleaners Ltd (2012)

Horsham District Council v Steve Mitchell (2011)

HSE v Writtle College (2010)

City of London Corporation v Brokers Wine Bar (2010)

Appointments & Memberships

  • Vice-Chairman of British Marine Insurance, Financial and Legal Services (2016 to 2020)
  • Accredited as a Pupil Supervisor (2013 to present)
  • Accredited as a Mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation (2010 to present)
  • Admiralty Bar Group
  • Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Fraud Advisory Panel
  • Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association
  • Revenue Bar 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


“A fluent and persuasive barrister who has all the facts at his fingertips.” POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture, Chambers & Partners 2021

“He’s a meticulous, hard-working practitioner who provides sound, commercial advice.” POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture, Chambers & Partners 2021

“He has a very analytical eye, and communicates well with clients. Very hard-working and diligent”. Business and Regulatory Crime (including global investigations), Legal 500, 2021

“He is knowledgeable, helpful, quick and thorough and he is very deft in handling client expectations”. Environment, Legal 500, 2021 

“He is extremely personable and charming, and consistently wins the trust and confidence of clients at the outset”. Health & Safety (Band 1), Legal 500, 2021

Very diligent, enthusiastic and personable. Instils you with confidence that they know the law and relevant material well and have sensible comments on how it can be applied in practice”. Proceeds of Crime (POCA) and Asset Forfeiture, Legal 500, 2021 

“A diligent and hard-working barrister who provides commercially astute and clear advice, giving due consideration to the overall situation, not just the legal position”. POCA: Work and Asset Forfeiture, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He is proactive, supportive and someone who goes out of his way to help”. POCA: Work and Asset Forfeiture, Chambers & Partners 2020

“Very responsive and measured, and prepares well for cases”. Business and Regulatory Crime, including Global Investigations, Legal 500 2020 

“He combines a methodical approach with an excellent work ethic”. Health & Safety, Legal 500 2020 

“An extremely confident and charming advocate”. Chambers & Partners 2019

“Oliver is very meticulous and inspires confidence as he obviously has such good knowledge”. Chambers & Partners 2019

“A very effective advocate in the criminal courts”. Legal 500 2019

“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






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