"Oliver is a brilliant cross-examiner and a real jury advocate. A class act."

― Legal 500 [2022]
Oliver Saxby QC
Call: 1992 | QC: 2013
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Oliver Saxby QC is ranked as a ‘Leading Silk: London Bar’ and ‘Leading Silk: South Eastern Circuit’ for Crime in the current editions of both the Chambers UK Bar Directory (2022) and the Legal 500 (2022).

Oliver Saxby QC is a door tenant at Park Square Barristers, Leeds, the Chambers of Richard Wright QC. He is also a door tenant at Wilberforce Chambers, Hull, the Chambers of Sally Collins and Richard Thompson.

Oliver Saxby QC is a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple.

Oliver Saxby QC is a Recorder – Crime and Family, South East Circuit.

 

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Recommendations

"Oliver is a brilliant cross-examiner and a real jury advocate. A class act."

― Legal 500 [2022]

"Highly regarded and distinguished silk…immensely hard-working and cuts through to what really matters in a case…wears his intelligence lightly and with grace…particular expertise in high-profile homicide and sexual abuse cases…"

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2022]

"Highly regarded...clever and concise...very impressive...cross-examination is brilliant...work ethic second to none".

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2021]

"At the core of his skillset is an acute legal mind. When coupled with the advocate's charm and judgment you get the complete modern barrister. He is a silk that has been established at being at the top of his game for many years and - as such - his experience is only matched by his obvious abilities... The quintessential modern advocate: hardworking, unflashy but supremely skilled in his craft - a master communicator".

― Legal 500 [2021]

"He's absolutely outstanding - he's so hard-working and is hugely likeable. He's a delight to work with and the results speak for themselves... Superb and a smooth operator... A silk who works really hard behind the scenes to make sure his cases are fully prepared. He's incredibly thorough in cross-examination."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2020]

"Charming in and out of court with a fantastic manner with the jury... A first-rate advocate: charm, persuasiveness and judgment personified".

― Legal 500 [2020]

"...extremely knowledgeable, hard-working and personable…he has a very skilful and intuitive approach to juries…".

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2019]

"A thoroughly modern advocate with charm, skill and steely determination".

― Legal 500 [2018/9]

"A distinguished silk…particular expertise in high-profile homicide and sexual abuse cases...skilled in the treatment and handling of vulnerable witnesses...very popular with his clients and those he represents...very down to earth, personable and gets on well with clients. An all-round excellent advocate".

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2018]

"A good communicator and...outstanding ability to grasp the issues quickly… A masterclass in cross-examination techniques…".

― Legal 500 [2017]

"His preparation is outstanding and his court manner is excellent… Helpful, very proactive, very quick in terms of responses".

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2017]

"Charming and courteous with a steel core... An excellent jury advocate".

― Legal 500 [2016]

"...personable, down to earth and easy to work with…his approach is thorough and detailed".

― Legal 500 [2015]
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Education

Oliver Saxby QC was educated at Eton College and Southampton University (LLB Soton).

He was a Duke of Edinburgh Scholar at the Inner Temple.

Notable Cases

Amongst his most recent nationally covered cases are:

  • Post Office Appeals – representing one of the sub-postmasters cleared in the historic Court of Appeal judgment – appeal allowed.
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  • R v Relowicz – defending the man charged with raping and then murdering the student Liberty Squire – issues, factual, expert.
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  • R v Rickard and others – Prosecuting a couple charged with murder by starvation – issues, factual, expert, legal.
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  • R v Haines – Defending a woman charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft: Guilty pleas.
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  • R v Bryant – Prosecuting a man charged with murdering and then setting alight a disabled pensioner – issues, factual, expert. Convictions.
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    Click here for news item in The Daily Mail
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  • R v Louise Porton – prosecuting a mother charged with the murder of her two children within 18 days of each other – issues, factual, expert: Convictions.
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  • R v Field and others – prosecuting the Maids Moreton murder trial – issues, factual, legal, expert: Convictions.
    Click here for BBC Sounds feature ‘Killer in the Congregation’
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    Click here for news item in The Independent
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  • R v Pollard and others – defending one of three people charged with conspiracy to murder – issues, factual, ballistic, cell-site.
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  • R v Osbourne and Smyth – defending one of two parents charged following the death of their baby daughter – issues, factual and medical.
    Click here for news item in The Sun
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  • R v Ring – defending a 20 year old charged with the murder of his 9-week old baby daughter: Plea to manslaughter and 8 years’ imprisonment imposed.
    Click here for news item in the Daily Mail
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    Click here for news item in The Mirror
  • R v Hussain and ten others – prosecuting Operation Silk, the five and a half month long Oxford Sex Abuse trial involving six vulnerable complainants and eleven defendants: Convictions.
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    Click here for news item in the Daily Mail
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    Click here for news item in the Daily Mail
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  • R v Masierak and Wagstaff – prosecuting two lorry drivers charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of eight minibus occupants in a road traffic collision on the M1: Convictions.
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  • R v Kray – in which he defended the father sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for killing his 19-year old daughter and attempting to kill his ex-partner.
    Click here for news item in Daily Mail
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  • R v Stimpson – in which he defended the man charged with the murder of his ex-partner, Molly McLaren in a car park in Chatham.
    Click here for news item in Daily Mail and here
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    Click here for news item in The Times and here 
    Click here for news item in The Sun and here 
    Click here for news item in The Independent
    Click here for news item in BBC News and here and here
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  • R v Jeffers – in which he defended the man charged with attempted murder after a loaded shotgun he had inserted into the victim’s vagina had gone off causing catastrophic injuries.
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  • R v King – in which he defended a mother of five charged with the gross negligence manslaughter of one of her children.
    Click here for news item – 26th April 2017
  • R v Dickson – in which he defended one of two men charged with the murder by choking of an acquaintance.
    Click here for news item – 8th March 2017
    Click here for news item – 12th October 2016
  • R v Bowditch – in which he defended a 21 year old charged with the gross negligence manslaughter of a 17 year old girl who had fallen into the sea and drowned.
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  • R v Gregory – in which he prosecuted a mother charged with gross negligence manslaughter whose 14-month old baby had drowned after she had been left in the bath. Conviction (and sentence increased by Court of Appeal on AG-Ref).
    Click here for news item – 30th January 2017
    Click here for news item – 10th November 2016
    Click here for news item – 3rd November 2016
  • R v Danaher – in which he prosecuted the killer of the rare book seller, Adrian Greenwood, in the so-called ‘Winding in the Willows’ trial. Conviction for murder.
    Click here for news item – 25th October 2016
    Click here for news item – 10th October 2016
    Click here for news item – 5th October 2016
  • R v Ayres – in which he defended a man with a previous conviction for murder charged with the murder of a female acquaintance.
    Click here for news item – 13th July 2016
  • R v Cudworth – in which he defended the husband who stabbed his wife to death and then deposited her body in a field. Acquittal of murder on the basis of loss of control.
    Click here for news item – 18th January 2016
  • R v Carragher and others – in which he defended the Catholic De La Salle Brother charged with sexually assaulting 16 young boys within his care at the St Williams Boys’ Home in Yorkshire. Acquittals on majority of counts and majority of complainants.
    Click here for news item – 17th December 2016
  • R v Singh and others – in which he prosecuted the eleven-handed ‘Aylesbury Sex Ring’ trial at the Old Bailey. Convictions.
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    Click here for news item – 27th July 2015
  • R v Bodnar and others – in which he represented the first of seven defendants charged with serious sexual exploitation/trafficking offences). Acquittal on all counts.
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  • R v Parkinson and others – in which he represented one of five persons charged with the gangland murder by shooting of Reece Menzies. Acquitted of murder.
  • R v Peters – in which he represented one of those charged with the ‘Sikh Honeypot’ murder. Acquitted of murder.
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  • R v Bowler and Connor – in which he defended one of two men charged with the manslaughter of a man who died having been wrapped in cling-film. Acquitted of manslaughter.
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In cases involving allegations of serious sexual allegations, Oliver Saxby QC has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Advising on the investigation and charging of multi-handed, multi-complainant sexual exploitation cases
  • Presenting such cases before a jury
  • Preparing and presenting the defences of those charged with multi-complainant sexual offences
  • Examining in chief and cross-examining vulnerable witnesses
  • Building a case around voluminous third party records

In homicide cases, Oliver Saxby QC has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Gangland and multi-handed/joint enterprise killings
  • Gross Negligence Manslaughter
  • Multiple homicide
  • Loss of control, diminished responsibility and associated mental disorders/illnesses
  • Expert ballistics/firearms opinion (e.g. R v Parkinson and others)
  • Causation, specifically in the context of medical mistreatment and the administering of drugs/other substances
  • DNA/blood spatter/distribution
  • Pathology/neuropathology
  • Baby shaking, including retinopathy and radiology

Oliver also has extensive experience in the following fields:

  • Serious drugs offences (including in particular cases involving detailed expert tachograph opinion and cellsite/phone evidence)
  • Serious fraud
  • Quasi-criminal/regulatory offences (for instance, Oliver represented the First Master of the ferry the Pride of Bilbao on charges of ‘marine manslaughter’ arising from a fatal collision with a yacht in the Solent).
  • Oliver is often asked to give freestanding advice, both pre- and post-charge; and he is authorised to accept Direct Instructions as part of the Public Access Scheme.

Recent cases of interest include:

  • Post Office Appeals, 2021 (representing one of the sub-postmasters cleared in the historic Court of Appeal judgment): Appeal allowed.
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  • R v Relowicz, 2021 (defending the man charged with raping and then murdering the student Liberty Squire – issues, factual, expert).
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  • R v Tahir, 2020 (representing a man charged with terrorism offences – issues, intent/recklessness).
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  • R v Ben Bowler, 2020 (defending a man charged with murdering his ex-partner by strangulation – issues, intent, accident).
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  • R v Colin Cadamartreia, 2020 (prosecuting a man charged with murdering an acquaintance – issues, factual, loss of control, accident): Conviction.
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  • R v Joel Jueanville, 2020 (defending a man charged with attempted murder – issues, insanity): Acquittal.
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  • R v Michael Bryant, 2020 (prosecuting a man charged with murdering a neighbour in a sustained attack at the end of which he tried to destroy the body by fire – issues, factual, diminished responsibility): Convictions.
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  • R v Chloe Haines, 2020 (representing a woman charged with air safety offences).
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  • R v Jonathan Garner, 2019 (defending a man charged with the murder by smothering of his partner’s 23 month old child – issues, factual, expert).
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  • R v Louise Porton, 2019 (prosecuting a mother charged with the murder of her two children within 18 days of each other – issues, factual, expert): Convictions.
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  • R v Field and others (prosecuting the Maids Moreton murder trial – issues, factual, legal, expert): Convictions.
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    Click here for news item in The Independent
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  • R v Webb, 2019 (defending a young man charged with the murder of a man called Peter Beale – the ‘Rochester Bridge’ killing – issues, joint enterprise, self-defence): Acquittal.
  • R v Morris, 2019 (prosecuting a mother for gross negligence manslaughter, one of whose twin babies drowned in a bath at home – issues, gross negligence): Conviction.
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  • R v Lemonnier, 2019 (defending an 18-year old charged jointly with a friend with the murder by stabbing of an older male who had confronted them – issues, self-defence).
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  • R v Chuter, 2019 (defending a 28-year old man charged with the murder of the brother of his partner’s ‘ex’ – issues, self-defence): Acquittal of murder and manslaughter.
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  • R v Mohammed Karrar and others, 2018 (prosecuting three men charged with the historic grooming and sexual exploitation of a 14-15 year old girl – issues, consent, ID and factual): Convictions.
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  • R v Pollard and others, 2018 (defending one of three people charged with conspiracy to murder – issues, factual, ballistic, cell-site).
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  • R v Vilius and Klimanskis, 2018 (defending one of two men charged with murder by kicking/punching – issues, pathology/neuropathology and DNA/blood distribution).
  • R v Osbourne and Smyth, 2018 (defending one of two parents charged following the death of their baby daughter – issues, factual and medical).
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  • R v Ring, 2018 (defending a 20 year old charged with the murder of his 9-week old baby daughter – plea to manslaughter and 8 years’ imprisonment imposed).
    Click here for news item in the Daily Mail
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  • R v Kurtz, 2018 (prosecuting a solicitor specialising in advising the elderly charged with the wilful neglect of her mother- issues, nature and extent of neglect and ‘wilfulness’ within the context of a diagnosis of mild autism’).
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  • R v Masierak and Wagstaff, 2018 (prosecuting two lorry drivers charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of eight minibus occupants in a road traffic collision on the M1): Convictions.
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  • R v Kray, 2018 (defending the father sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for killing his 19-year old daughter and attempting to kill his ex-partner): Manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
    Click here for news item in Daily Mail
    Click here for news item in The Sun and here
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    Click here for news item in BBC News and here
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  • R v Stimpson, 2018 (defending the man charged with the murder of his ex-partner, Molly McLaren in a car park in Chatham).
    Click here for news item in Daily Mail and here
    Click here for news item in Metro
    Click here for news item in The Times and here 
    Click here for news item in The Sun and here 
    Click here for news item in The Independent
    Click here for news item in BBC News and here and here
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  • R v Buchanan, 2018 (defending young man on allegation of knife murder – issues, lack of intent/accident): Acquittal of murder.
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  • Appeal of D, 2017 (obtaining leave to appeal against conviction for man of effective good character convicted of serious historic sexual assaults, leave having been refused by the single judge – issues, admissibility of evidence).
  • R v Hussain and ten others, 2017-18 (prosecuting Operation Silk, the five and a half month long Oxford Sex Abuse trial involving six vulnerable complainants and eleven defendants – issues, multiple): Convictions.
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  • R v Jeffers, 2017 (defending man charged with the attempted murder by shooting of a woman in a hotel in Stockport – issues, lack of intent/accident).
    Click here for report in The Daily Telegraph
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  • R v Cox, 2017 (defending a mother charged over the death of her 5-month old baby).
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  • R v A and others, 2017 (prosecuting four defendants for alleged familial sexual abuse of the gravest kind against six complainants spanning a 25-year period and two generations of the same family – issues, fabrication of accounts): Convictions.
  • R v King, 2017 (defending a mother of five charged with the gross negligence manslaughter of one of her children – issues, causation and whether gross negligence).
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  • R v Dickson, 2017 (defending one of two men charged with the murder by choking of an acquaintance – issues, factual, intent).
    Click here for report in The Sun
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  • R v Bowditch, 2017 (defending 21 year old charged with the murder of a 17 year old girl who drowned in the sea – issues, how she came to be in the sea, intent): Plea to Gross Negligence Manslaughter accepted by Crown; and sentenced to 5.5 years in prison.
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  • R v G, 2017 (defending 16 year old charged with the murder by stabbing of another 16 year old at a party in Woodford, London – issues, self-defence): Conviction, but jury recommended leniency in sentencing.
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  • R v Gregory, 2016 (prosecuting mother who left her baby unattended in a bath – issues, manslaughter/whether grossly negligent): Conviction (and sentence increased by Court of Appeal on AG-Ref).
    Click here for website news item – 30th January 2017
    Click here for website news item – 10th November 2016
    Click here for website news item – 3rd November 2016
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  • R v Danaher, 2016 (prosecuting man charged with murder of a rare book-seller, Adrian Greenwood – issues, self-defence): Conviction.
    Click here for website news item – 25th October 2016
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    Click here for website news item – 5th October 2016
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  • R v P, 2016 (defending 73 year old man charged with historical sexual abuse of five young complainants – issues, complete denial): Acquittals on majority of counts, including rape.
  • R v Ayres, 2016 (defending ‘lifer’ with previous conviction for murder accused of savagely murdering an acquaintance at a friend’s flat – issues, identity of killer, CCTV evidence, blood spatter expert evidence).
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  • R v Knight and others, 2016 (defending the first of three brothers charged with the murder of a vulnerable woman on whom they performed wrestling moves – issues, factual and intent).
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  • R v G, 2016 (defending 16 year old charged with the murder by stabbing of another 16 year old at a party in Woodford, London – issues, self-defence): Ongoing.
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  • R v JJ, 2016 (prosecuting man charged with serious sexual offences alleged to have been committed against an extremely vulnerable and serially exploited teenager – issues, factual).
    Click here for report in The Mirror
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  • R v PA, 2016 (defending married man of previous good character charged with raping woman in the back of his taxi on Ladies’ Day, Ascot – issues, consent, reliability of complaint, DNA/semen evidence, medical evidence regarding an injury sustained to complainant).
  • R v Cudworth, 2016 (defending husband who stabbed wife to death and then deposited her body in a field – issue, loss of control): Acquittal of murder.
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  • R v Carragher and others, 2015 (defending Catholic De La Salle Brother charged with sexually assaulting 16 young boys within his care at the St Williams Boys’ Home in Yorkshire – issues, factual): Acquittals on majority of counts/majority of complainants.
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  • R v Hon Chu, 2015 (defending man charged with soliciting his wife to murder her family – issues, factual): Mixed Verdicts.
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  • R v H, 2015 (defending man accused of historic sexual offences committed against multiple complainants – issues, factual): Mixed verdicts.
  • R v JB, 2015 (defending young man with learning difficulties needing intermediary at trial charged with various offences of rape/attempted rape against family members): Acquittals.
  • R v Jordan Barringer, 2015 (defending young man with learning difficulties needing intermediary at trial charged with attempted murder – issues, intent): Acquittal on attempted murder.
  • R v MC, 2015 (defending 21 year old student of previous good character on charge of rape – issues, consent/reasonable belief, expert medical evidence, expert toxicological evidence): Acquittal on single count faced.
  • R v Bodnar and others, 2015 (defending the first of seven defendants charged with serious sexual exploitation/trafficking offences – issues, ID/factual): Acquittal on all counts.
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  • R v Bowler and Connor, 2014 (defending one of two men charged with the manslaughter of a man who died having been wrapped in cling – issues, factual/causation/legal): Acquittal on single count faced.
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  • R v C, 2014 (defending man charged with historic sexual offences against multiple vulnerable complainants – issues, factual): Acquittal on majority of counts/complainants.
  • R v S, 2014 (prosecuting man charged with historic sexual offences against multiple vulnerable complainants – issues, factual): Convictions.
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  • R v Green, 2014 (defending man charged with attempting to murder two others in ‘drive-by shooting’ – issues, ID, ballistics, gun residue transfer): Acquittal on all counts.
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  • R v K, 2014 (defending man charged with serial rape and child cruelty – multiple vulnerable complainants – issues, consent/factual).
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  • R v Sharp, 2014 (defending a man charged with the murder of an acquaintance – issues, causation and participation).
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  • R v Wright, 2014 (defending one of two men charged with manslaughter by gross-negligence in the context of positional asphyxiation – issues, proper restraint, whether negligence/gross-negligence established, causation).
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  • R v Miah, 2014 (defending one of the three men charged with the murder of Harjit Chaggar, whose badly decomposing body was found in a shop – issues, participation).
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  • R v Williams, 2014 (defending man charged with campaign of rape in south east).
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  • R v Thorne, 2014 (defending one of two men charged with the manslaughter of another by punching/kicking – issues, causation and participation).
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  • R v Kiddle, 2013 (defending one of 10 defendants charged with the murder by shooting of a man in south east London – issue, participation).
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  • R v Baker, 2013 (defending man charged with wide-scale investment fraud – issue, factual/dishonesty).
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  • R v Hodge, 2013 (defending man charged with murdering one person and wounding another by stabbing – issue, self defence).
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  • R v Mankelow, 2013 (defending man charged with attempting to murder a police officer who had come to his address to arrest him – issue, self defence).
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  • R v Webster, 2013 (defending man charged with causing death of a friend by administering anti-depressants – issue, causation).
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  • R v Parkinson, 2013 (defending one of 5 defendants charged with murder by shooting – issue, participation).
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  • R v Ripley, 2013 (prosecuting woman charged with murdering her partner by stabbing – issue, suicide/deliberate act).
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  • R v Latchana, 2013 (prosecuting man charged with attempting to murder an acquaintance by stabbing).
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  • R v Boorman, 2013 (defending, as leading counsel, man charged with attempting to murder an acquaintance by stabbing – issue, participation).
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  • R v Esack, 2012 (defending, as leading counsel, ex-detective/football agent charged with murder of his wife – issues, loss of control and diminished responsibility).
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  • R v X, 2012 (prosecuting man charged with sexual assault by penetration of a 19 month old baby – issue, identity of perpetrator).
  • R v Vonk, 2012 (defending one of a number of persons charged with involvement in large-scale drugs importation).
  • R v Farrow, 2012 (defending man charged with double murder of vicar and teacher in West Country – issues, diminished responsibility and identity of killer).
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  • R v Young, 2012 (defending man charged with attempting to murder an acquaintance – issue, intent).
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  • R v Brock, 2012 (prosecuting ex-PC charged with attempted rape of stranger – issue, consent).
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  • R v White, 2012 (prosecuting man charged with murdering another man by stabbing – issue, intent/self-defence).
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  • R v Martin, 2012 (defending, as leading counsel, one of those charged in connection with the Ford Open Prison Riot – issues, ID/participation)
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  • R v Carter, 2012 (defending, as leading counsel, wife charged with murdering her husband by stabbing – issues, self-defence/loss of control)
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  • R v Michael Payne, 2011 (defending father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne on charges of wounding with intent).
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  • R v Giles, 2011 (defending young mother of 3 in Contempt of Court proceedings ‘in the face of the Court’, she having taken a photo at Court which she uploaded onto her Facebook page).
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  • R v Walker, 2011 (prosecuting man charged with murdering his wife – diminished responsibility raised)
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  • R v Peters, 2011 (defending one of three persons charged with murder – issue, participation)
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Cases reported in the current edition of Archbold include:

  • R v Dolan (murder, baby shaking – admissibility of ‘background evidence’)
  • R v Harmer (drugs importation – extent of defence of duress)
  • R v Van Binh Le (guideline case on facilitating illegal entry)
  • R v Mills (drugs importation – bearing of jury’s opinion on sentence)
  • R v A, B, C, D (murder – joint enterprise)

Awards

Shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 [2019/20]

Latest news

8th November 2021

David Fuller – Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of David Fuller concluded last week. Mr Fuller was charged with two offences of murder dating back to the late 1980s and a host of sexual offences committed whilst he worked in hospitals.

4th June 2021

Landmark murder conviction – Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

On 28 May 2021, Lynda Rickard was convicted of murdering a man called Anthony Sootheran in what the Director of Public Prosecutions, Max Hill QC, described as a ‘legal landmark case’.

23rd April 2021

Post Office appeals – Oliver Saxby QC and Ben Irwin for the appellant Carl Page

The Court of Appeal today allowed the appeals against conviction brought by a number of sub-postmasters on both abuse of process limbs, ‘fair trial impossible’ and ‘affront to public conscience to prosecute’.

16th April 2021

Starvation murder – Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

The trial of Rickard and others commenced on Tuesday, at Reading Crown Court in front of Mr Justice Wall.

31st March 2021

Sexual assault acquittal – Oliver Saxby QC defending

A 54 year old professional man of previous good character was yesterday acquitted of three counts of sexual assault at Gloucester Crown Court following a seven day trial.

13th January 2021

Libby Squire murder trial – Richard Wright QC prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Pawel Relowicz began yesterday at Sheffield Crown Court.

21st December 2020

Sky Crime documentary – Oliver Saxby QC defending

Sky Crime has featured the case of Stephen Farrow, a man convicted of murdering a retired teacher and a vicar in the west country.

13th November 2020

Milton Keynes double murder – Oliver Saxby QC defending

At the start of his trial last week,, Earl Bevans pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and two counts of causing really serious harm with intent.

5th October 2020

Post Office appeal succeeds – Oliver Saxby QC for the appellant

Carl Page was one of a number of Post Office employees prosecuted and convicted for offences of dishonesty said to have been committed during their employment.

3rd September 2020

Amputee Murder – Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin Prosecuting

A man who killed a wheelchair-bound amputee was sentenced to Life Imprisonment on Tuesday.

1st September 2020

Strangulation trial – Oliver Saxby QC and Thomas Stern defending

The trial of a man accused of murdering his partner got underway at Maidstone Crown Court last week.

12th August 2020

Murder conviction – Oliver Saxby QC leading for Crown

A man was convicted yesterday of murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years.

16th July 2020

Attempted murder insanity acquittal – Oliver Saxby QC defending

A 33-year old man of effective previous good character, has been found 'not guilty by reason of insanity’ of the attempted murder of a stranger in May 2019.

30th June 2020

Covid murder trial underway – Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defending

The trial of a 17-year old charged with murder is underway at Maidstone Crown Court.

29th June 2020

Birmingham child death – Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin instructed for Crown

Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin have been instructed in the prosecution of Thomas Hughes and Emma Tustin over the death of a six year old child.

11th March 2020

Disabled pensioner murdered and set on fire – Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin prosecuting

The trial of Michael Bryant started last week at Maidstone Crown Court.

13th February 2020

Air safety case – Oliver Saxby QC defending

A 26-year old woman was sentenced yesterday at Chelmsford Crown Court for offences of endangering the safety of persons on an aircraft.

27th January 2020

Starvation murder – Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

The trial of Lynda Rickard and others began this week at Reading Crown Court.

15th January 2020

Terrorism Charge – Oliver Saxby QC instructed

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to represent one of three men charged with terrorism offences.

13th January 2020

Maids Moreton Murder – Catch A Killer Documentary

The trial of Ben Field features in tonight’s episode of the Catch A Killer documentary on Channel 4.

27th November 2019

Oliver Saxby QC nominated for Crime Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards

Oliver Saxby QC shortlisted as Crime Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards.

26th November 2019

Old Bailey manslaughter plea accepted – Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

A 74 year old man charged with murdering his wife yesterday pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility.

21st October 2019

Sentence in Maids Moreton Murder

Sentence in the case of Ben Field was passed on Friday, following his conviction for the murder of the retired Stowe School teacher, Peter Farquhar.

4th October 2019

Sheffield baby murder trial commences – Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Jonathan Garner accused of murdering his ex-partner’s 23 month old daughter began yesterday at Sheffield Crown Court.

20th September 2019

Manslaughter sentence appeal – Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defending

The Court of Appeal allows appeal against sentence of a man who killed his brother. Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore acted for the defence. Richard Barraclough QC led the prosecution.

20th September 2019

Six Pump Court shortlisted for four awards in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019

The four nominations are - Crime Silk of the Year: Oliver Saxby QC; Health & Safety Silk of the Year: Stephen Hockman QC; Environment/Planning Set of the Year and Environment/Planning Junior of the Year: Christopher Badger

9th September 2019

Oliver Saxby QC appointed a Recorder

Oliver Saxby QC has been appointed a Recorder in the latest Recorder Competition.

13th August 2019

Murder Conviction in Maids Moreton Trial: Oliver Saxby QC and Mark Davies for the Crown

The trial of Field, Smith and Field finished last Friday with the conviction of the principal defendant, Ben Field, of the murder of the retired English teacher, Peter Farquhar.

6th August 2019

Convictions and Sentence in Birmingham Baby Murders – Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin Prosecuting

The trial of Louise Porton concluded on Thursday with sentence being passed on Friday.

4th July 2019

Double murder trial underway – Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin prosecuting

The trial of Louise Porton, charged with murdering her two children, began yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court.

7th May 2019

Maids Moreton murder trial – Oliver Saxby QC leading for Crown

The trial of Field, Smyth and Field began last Tuesday at Oxford Crown Court. The three face allegations relating to five victims.

1st May 2019

Catherine Donnelly secures conviction in Maidstone murder case

Catherine Donnelly, acting for the CPS has secured the murder conviction of Trevor Brazier who has been found guilty of strangling a homeless man.

17th April 2019

Death by dangerous driving suspended sentence – Oliver Saxby QC defending

Last Friday at Chester Crown Court, 89-year old Albert Pentall was sentenced to a 16-month custodial sentence suspended for 2 years following the death in a road accident of a 48-year old wife and mother of two.

10th April 2019

Murder acquittal – Oliver Saxby QC defending

A man charged with involvement in the Rochester Bridge killing has been acquitted of murder after a 3-week trial.

1st April 2019

Rochester Bridge murder trial – Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Levi Webb is entering its closing stages. Mr Webb is charged with the murder of Peter Beale, found stabbed to death under Rochester Bridge in Kent last year.

13th March 2019

Mother convicted and sentenced over baby’s drowning, Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

Sarah Morris was today convicted of the gross negligence manslaughter of her twin daughter. Miss Morris had left her twins unattended in a bath during a phone call with her partner.

6th March 2019

Gross negligence manslaughter prosecution – Oliver Saxby QC leading for Crown

The trial of Sarah Morris begins today at Mold Crown Court. She is charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of one of her twins.

19th February 2019

Luton murder trial nearing conclusion – Oliver Saxby QC defending

The case of Lemonnier and Williams is nearing its conclusion. Zach Lemonnier, aged 19, is charged together with Robert Williams, aged 18 - with the murder of a man called Ronnie Wrighting.

4th February 2019

Three Life Sentences for Oxford Groomers

The three men convicted before Christmas of various serious historic sexual offences committed against a vulnerable complainant have each been sentenced to Life Imprisonment.

25th January 2019

Murder Acquittal – Oliver Saxby QC Defending

Following a two-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court, a 28-year old man from Gravesend has been found not guilty by a jury of the two counts he faced.

19th December 2018

Verdicts in Grooming Trial

The trial of Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar concluded yesterday with all three defendants being convicted on all counts.

3rd December 2018

Oliver Saxby QC, Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern and Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 1st December 2018, Maidstone Crown Court hosted the regional final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2018/19.

30th November 2018

Oxford Grooming Trial Underway

The case of Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar began at Oxford Crown Court last week. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting.

26th October 2018

Conspiracy to murder trial underway – Simon Taylor and Ben Irwin prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Glenn Pollard, Heather Pollard and Hayley Weatherall began last week at Maidstone Crown Court.

10th October 2018

Sexual assault appeal succeeds – Oliver Saxby QC acting

The appeal of a young student against an immediate custodial sentence for an offence of sexual assault was yesterday upheld by the Court of Appeal, resulting in the appellant’s immediate release.

8th October 2018

Presenting Sexual Abuse Cases

On Thursday, Oliver Saxby QC is to speak at a two-day conference on Child Sexual Exploitation being held for Senior Investigating Officers.

4th October 2018

Murder Defence Underway

The trial of Auremas Vilius and Klaudijus Klimanskis, charged with the murder of a man called Edvardus Barsevicius, began last week. Oliver Saxby QC and John Fitzgerald are representing the first defendant.

6th July 2018

Gross Negligence Manslaughter – Oliver Saxby QC instructed to prosecute

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to prosecute a mother charged over the death of her 12-month old baby, A.

13th June 2018

Sentence in Oxford sexual abuse trial – Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

Sentence was passed yesterday following the five and a half month long sexual abuse trial which concluded in late March.

5th June 2018

Manslaughter Plea Accepted in Baby Murder Prosecution – 8 Year Sentence Imposed

The Crown last week accepted a young defendant’s plea of guilty to manslaughter, offering no evidence on the alternative count of murder. Oliver Saxby QC was defending.

30th April 2018

Solicitor Sentenced following Neglect Conviction; and Multi-handed Murder Trial Underway

The solicitor convicted by a jury of the neglect of her elderly mother was sentenced on Friday to two and half years imprisonment. Oliver Saxby QC was prosecuting.

26th March 2018

M1 Lorry Drivers Sentenced, Convictions in Oxford Sex Abuse Case and Solicitor Neglect Trial Underway

The two lorry drivers involved in the crash on the M1 which killed eight people and seriously injured a further four were sentenced on Friday.

7th March 2018

Convictions in M1 Crash Case

Richard Masierak was yesterday convicted of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

23rd February 2018

M1 Fatal Collision – Oliver Saxby QC Opens for the Crown

The case of Masierak and Wagstaff commenced today at Reading Crown Court. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting, leading Peter Shaw.

5th February 2018

Sentence in ‘Diminished Responsibility’ Manslaughter – Simon Taylor prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The sentence of Richard Kray took place today, the man who killed his 19 year old daughter by strangulation and attempted to kill his ex-wife by the same manner.

29th January 2018

Chatham killing – Oliver Saxby QC defends

The case of Joshua Stimpson, charged with the murder of his ex-partner, Molly McLaren, gets underway today.

24th January 2018

Murder Acquittal – Oliver Saxby QC Defends

John Buchanan, a 22 year old man from Ramsgate, has been cleared by a jury of murdering an acquaintance, Archie Ward, aged 40.

22nd January 2018

Oliver Saxby QC completes closing speech in major sex abuse case

The Crown finished their closing speech in the case of Hussain and others on Friday 12th January, the trial having commenced on 9th October.

15th December 2017

Leave Granted in Sexual Assault Appeal

D, a man of effective previous good character, had been convicted of historic sexual assaults and had received a sentence of imprisonment. He instructed new solicitors and applied for leave to appeal against his convictions.

13th December 2017

Press Ban Lifted in Sex Abuse Case

The press ban in respect of the major sexual abuse trial being prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC at Oxford Crown Court has been relaxed so as to permit reporting of various aspects of the case. It is one of the largest of its type ever conducted.

1st November 2017

M1 Crash – Oliver Saxby QC Instructed for Crown

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to lead the prosecution of the two lorry drivers charged following the fatal crash on the M1 in August.

12th September 2017

Lengthy sentences imposed in sex abuse prosecution

Sentence took place yesterday at Reading Crown Court in the historic interfamilial sex abuse prosecution brought following one of the largest police investigations of its type.

7th August 2017

Shooting Case Plea Results in Attempted Murder and GBH Acquittal

The case of David Jeffers was resolved last week when the Crown accepted a plea to a firearms offence, leading to Jeffers’ acquittal on the counts of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

4th August 2017

Oliver Saxby QC begins Manchester Shooting Trial

The trial of David Jeffers began at Manchester Crown Court on Monday. Mr Jeffers is charged with the attempted murder of a woman in a hotel.

19th July 2017

Convictions in Historic Familial Sex Abuse Case

After over two weeks in retirement, the jury in the familial sex abuse case being prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC leading Georgina Gibbs at Reading Crown Court have returned their verdicts.

10th July 2017

‘Wind in the Willows’ murder trial features in Channel 4 documentary

The trial of Michael Danaher - prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques - is the centrepiece of tonight’s instalment of the Channel 4 documentary series, ‘Catching a Killer’.

6th July 2017

Baby death – Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defend

The trial of Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd began on Monday at Maidstone Crown Court before Mr Justice Stuart-Smith.

22nd June 2017

Crown’s Case Closes in Historic Familial Sexual Abuse Prosecution

The Crown closed its case yesterday in the prosecution of four persons charged with multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and child cruelty. Oliver Saxby QC is leading for the Crown.

4th May 2017

Major Sexual Abuse Trial Commences – Oliver Saxby QC Prosecuting

A case involving alleged familial sexual abuse of the gravest kind spanning a 25-year period and two generations of the same family began on...

26th April 2017

Jury Retires in Gross Negligence Manslaughter Trial

The jury will retire today in the trial of Lucy King, a 39 year old mother charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of...

8th March 2017

Pokemon Murder – Oliver Saxby QC defends

The trial of John Dickson and Christopher Pollard began on Monday. The pair are charged with murdering Carl Gregory in a shopping centre car...

30th January 2017

Sentence Increased in Gross Negligence Manslaughter Prosecution Prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of 3 years that had been imposed on Jasmine Gregory, whose baby daughter had drowned in...

27th January 2017

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Case: Simon Taylor Prosecutes, Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock Defend

Sentence took place on Thursday in the case of Michael Bowditch, a 21 year old man charged in connection with the death of a...

20th January 2017

Old Bailey Jury Recommend Leniency

A jury today returned a verdict of guilty in the trial of a young man charged with the killing of an acquaintance outside a...

12th January 2017

Oliver Saxby QC commences Old Bailey Murder Trial

The trial of a young man accused of the murder of a friend began on Monday of this week. Oliver Saxby QC is for...

10th November 2016

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Conviction

Oliver Saxby QC yesterday secured the conviction of Jasmine Gregory, a 24-year old mother of previous good character accused of the manslaughter by gross...

3rd November 2016

Oliver Saxby QC commences gross negligence manslaughter prosecution

The trial of Jasmine Gregory, charged with the manslaughter of her 14-month old baby daughter, began today. The Crown allege that Miss Gregory ran...

25th October 2016

Murder Conviction in Wind in the Willows Trial

Michael Danaher was yesterday convicted of the murder of the rare book dealer Adrian Greenwood and sentenced to Life Imprisonment with a minimum term...

18th October 2016

Oliver Saxby QC instructed for Crown in complex inter-generational historical sexual abuse case

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to prosecute the case of A and others, a multi-defendant, multi-complainant historical sex abuse trial involving an indictment...

12th October 2016

Oliver Saxby QC Instructed in Pokemon Killing

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to defend John Dickson, one of two men charged with the murder of a man called Carl Gregory....

10th October 2016

‘Wind in the Willows’ Murder Trial Continues

The trial of Michael Danaher - charged with the murder of antiquarian book seller Adrian Greenwood - continues at Oxford Crown Court. On Friday,...

5th October 2016

Oliver Saxby QC Opens for Crown in Oxford Rare-Bookseller Murder Trial

Oliver Saxby QC, instructed by Thames and Chiltern CPS, opened for the Crown yesterday in the trial of Michael Danaher, a 50-year old man...

29th September 2016

Oliver Saxby QC Secures Acquittals in Sex Abuse Trial

A 73 year old man has been found not guilty of a string of historical sexual offences, including rape. The man faced 13 counts...

13th July 2016

Oliver Saxby QC defends Anthony Ayres

The trial of Anthony Ayres started in front of Mrs Justice McGowan at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday. Mr Ayres is alleged to have...

4th July 2016

Wrestling Move Murder Trial Continues

The trial of three brothers charged with the murder of a vulnerable woman who they performed WWE wrestling manoeuvres on over an alleged 7-hour...

8th June 2016

Oliver Saxby QC instructed to lead for Crown in Oxford killing

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to prosecute the man accused of having killed the Oxford historian, Adrian Greenwood. Mr Greenwood’s body was found...

16th May 2016

Oliver Saxby QC begins Old Bailey defence

The trial of a 16 year old charged with the murder of another 16 year old begins on Monday at the Central Criminal Court....

21st April 2016

Oliver Saxby QC invited to contribute to British Academy project on treatment of Sex Offences within Criminal Justice System

Oliver Saxby QC has been invited to contribute to a two-year project being conducted by academics from the School of Law and Department of...

15th April 2016

Rape Acquittal: A Case Study

Oliver Saxby QC examines his successful defence of a university student of previous good character charged with the rape of a fellow student. Please...

14th April 2016

Oliver Saxby QC Defends Rape Accused

The trial of PA, a 40 year old married man of previous good character charged with two counts of rape, continues into its second...

14th March 2016

Oliver Saxby QC’s Sex Exploitation Trial Continues at Old Bailey

The case of a 36 year old man facing allegations of rape and sexual activity allegedly committed against a young and vulnerable 13-14 year...

8th February 2016

Kutyauripo Killing – Oliver Saxby QC instructed to defend

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to defend the 16 year old charged with the murder of Charles Kutyauripo, who sustained fatal stab wounds...

1st February 2016

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore to deliver CPS South East Sex Abuse Seminar

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore are to give a seminar on the investigation, preparation and presentation of allegations of historical sexual abuse and...

18th January 2016

Murder Acquittal

Jonathan Cudworth, represented by Oliver Saxby QC, was acquitted of murder on Friday following a 4 week trial, his defence of loss of control...

6th January 2016

Acting in historical sex abuse trials: Oliver Saxby QC provides an insight into the challenges involved

In this series of case studies Oliver Saxby QC analyses three very substantial historical sex abuse trials in which he was involved over the...

17th December 2015

Leeds Sex Abuse Trial: Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand secure acquittals on majority of charges

After 2 weeks in retirement, the jury in the trial of James Carragher returned their verdicts at around lunchtime yesterday. Mr Carragher faced 62...

10th December 2015

Oliver Saxby QC begins Cudworth murder defence

The trial of Jon Cudworth began on Monday. Mr Cudworth faces an allegation of murder. The Crown allege that in what was a 'cold...

26th November 2015

Jury Set to Retire in Leeds Sex Abuse Case

The trial of James Carragher, charged with numerous serious sexual offences dating back to his leadership of the St Williams Boys’ Home near Market...

12th October 2015

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand begin Operation Reno defence

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand have begun their defence of James Carragher, the catholic De La Salle Brother charged with sexually abusing 15...

5th October 2015

Man found guilty of ordering his wife to kill her family

In this case, a man who had amassed a large collection of firearms and with a history of domestic violence, has been convicted of...

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