Heather Oliver joined Three Raymond Buildings after completion of her pupillage in 2011. She has a broad practice encompassing all chambers’ areas of expertise, including criminal law, extradition and licensing.
Oliver 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 particular experience in defending clients accused of domestic violence and harassment.
She has represented defendants in various matters concerning the proceeds of crime, including restraint, confiscation, forfeiture and enforcement proceedings, while she has also been instructed to prosecute for the Crown Prosecution Service, Transport for London and the London Probation Service. She has been engaged in relation to disclosure exercises for HM Revenue & Customs.
Oliver is currently instructed as junior to Neil Saunders defending corruption proceedings at the Central Criminal Court.
She regularly represents requested persons at first-instance extradition hearings. She recently assisted Ben Watson in the High Court, representing the secretary of state for the Home Department in opposing the last domestic appeal of Abu Hamza and others concerning their extradition to the US for terrorism-related offences.
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.
Oliver is regularly instructed to represent clients in relation to licensing applications and appeals, while she also has experience in advising clients in relation to prosecutions for breach of food hygiene and unfair trading regulations.
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