Oliver Saxby QC

Oliver Saxby QC was called to the Bar in 1992 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013. Since then, he has been involved in a number of high profile criminal cases. He prosecutes and defends in equal measure and enjoys a reputation as an approachable Silk with an ability to lead a team and present the most complex and challenging of cases with thorough preparation and focussed and persuasive advocacy.

He is described in the current edition of Legal 500 as ‘…a thoroughly modern advocate with charm, skill and steely determination…’ and in the current edition of Chambers UK Bar Guide as ‘…extremely knowledgeable, hard-working and personable – he has a very skilful and intuitive approach to juries…’.

Past editions have described him as ‘…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…a good communicator...outstanding ability to grasp the issues quickly…A masterclass in cross-examination techniques…’.

Oliver has particular expertise in homicide cases and cases involving serious sexual allegations. He regularly acts in gangland and multi-handed/joint-enterprise killings and cases involving gross negligence manslaughter, multiple homicide and deaths relating to babies and young children. Specific areas in which Oliver has been instructed include cases concerning loss of control and diminished responsibility, DNA/blood splatter and distribution, pathology, neuropathology and baby shaking. His experience in serious sexual allegations includes particular expertise in advising on the investigation and charging of multi-handed, multi-complainant sexual exploitation cases, presenting such cases before a jury, and preparing and presenting the defences of those charges with multi-complainant sexual offences. His practice has regularly involves examining in chief and cross-examining vulnerable witnesses, and he has vast experience in building a case around voluminous third party records.

More broadly, Oliver has a successful practice in serious and complex drugs offences, serious fraud and regulatory offences. He represented the First Master of the Pride of Bilbao ferry on charges of ‘marine manslaughter’ arising from a high-profile fatal collision with a yacht in the Solent. 

Oliver is often asked to give freestanding advice, both pre- and post-charge.


Recent cases of interest in which he has prosecuted include (with extract links):

R v Porton: The mother who killed her two children aged 17 months and 3 years within 18 days of each other: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7300529/Louise-Porton-GUILTY-murdering-two-young-daughters.html

R v Field and others: The ‘Maids Moreton’ murder trial: https://news.sky.com/story/live-murder-trial-of-church-warden-and-magician-begins-11708362

R v Hussain and others: The 11-handed Oxford Grooming Trial: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41608602

R v Danaher: The murder of the art historian, Adrian Greenwood: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-37755178

R v Maseriak and Wagstaff: The M1 lorry crash in which eight people died: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43308574)

R v Morris: A case of gross negligence manslaughter involving the death by drowning of a baby: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47521636)

Recent cases of interest in which he has defended include (with extract links):

R v Stimpson: In which a young girl was murdered by her estranged partner in a car park in Chatham: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/06/joshua-stimpson-life-sentence-molly-mcclaren-murder)

R v Kray: In which a father was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for the manslaughter (on the grounds of diminished responsibility) of his daughter and attempted murder of her mother: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/father-strangled-daughter-couldnt-suffer-11961396)

R v Cudworth: A murder allegation involving the successful deployment of the defence of loss of control: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3401586/Jealous-husband-stabbed-wife-death-cleared-murder-said-new-lover-leaving-him.html)

R v Bowditch: In which a young man accused of murdering a girl he met on a night out pleaded guilty to gross negligence manslaughter: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/26/former-grammar-school-boy-did-not-help-drowning-teenager-whilst/

R v Ayres: A murder committed by a man shortly having been released from a Life sentence imposed for an earlier murder: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-36895692

R v Carragher: The St William’s Care Home trial in which a former Chaplain faced a third tranche of serious historic sexual allegations arising from his time working for the De La Salle brotherhood.

R v Jeffers: Involving the accidental firing of a gun causing grave injuries:

Oliver is a tenant at 6 Pump Court, Temple and a door tenant at Park Square Chambers, the Chambers of Richard Wright QC. He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple.