Details of practice

Heather Oliver has developed a broad practice encompassing all of Chambers’ areas of expertise, including criminal law, extradition and licensing.


Heather prosecutes and defends a range of cases in the Magistrates’, Youth and Crown Courts.  She represents clients in relation to a wide spectrum of offences including those involving violence, dishonesty, drugs, public disorder, sexual misconduct, copyright infringement and driving.

She has represented defendants in various matters concerning the proceeds of crime, including restraint, confiscation, forfeiture and enforcement proceedings.

She regularly represents police officers charged with criminal offences.

Heather has further been instructed to act for the Crown Prosecution Service, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London and the London Probation Service, and has been engaged in relation to disclosure exercises for HMRC.

Heather is currently instructed as junior to Helen Malcolm QC defending bribery and corruption proceedings at the Central Criminal Court (R v Ryjenko and Sanderson).


Heather represents requested persons at first instance extradition hearings and on appeal.

In 2012 she was engaged by the UK Border Agency to represent the Secretary of State for the Home Department at immigration appeal hearings before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal.


Heather represents clients in relation to licensing applications and appeals.

Professional discipline

Heather represents police officers facing disciplinary proceedings.  Most recently she successfully resisted a finding of gross misconduct on behalf of a special constable accused of honesty and integrity failings.

Education/professional qualifications

BA (Oxon) – English Language and Literature (First Class)
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)
Princess Royal Scholarship (Inner Temple)
City University Scholarship (Inner Temple)

Other information

Professional memberships

Junior of the South Eastern Circuit
Member of the Marshall Hall Trust Committee
Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers Association