Oliver Doherty

Oliver Doherty is an experienced and highly regarded advocate specialising in cases of serious crime.

He accepts instructions as sole counsel or as junior counsel, often in multi-handed cases. Oliver is regularly instructed to defend or prosecute in jury trials involving complex and sensitive issues.

He accepts work on a private basis or under Legal Aid.

Recent defence instructions as junior alone include cases of serious and sexual violence – Attempted Murder, Rape, s.18 and Arson with intent to endanger life.

He also specialises in Fraud and Financial crime. He recently defended the lead salesman in a case which alleged a sophisticated and far reaching “Boiler-Room” fraud.

He is currently instructed by the Crown in a case brought under the Modern Slavery Act. He has significant experience of of the law and evidential challenges in these cases.


Oliver has a busy defence practice on the South Eastern Circuit where solicitors and clients welcome his straightforward and dedicated approach in often complex and difficult cases. He fights fiercely for the best outcome for his clients, who find through early engagement that he inspires great confidence and is very user friendly.


Oliver is a Grade 3 Panel Advocate for the CPS and is on the Specialist Fraud Panel at Grade 3. He is regularly instructed by the Complex Casework Unit and Specialist Fraud Divisions of the Crown Prosecution Service.

He is often asked and enjoys providing advice, pre-charge, on the sufficiency of evidence in cases and potential avenues of investigation when a prosecution is anticipated.


Oliver is a former soldier. He enjoys using his knowledge of military life, gained over 6 years with the Irish Guards on operations overseas and in the UK, to very effectively represent the interests of service personnel and veterans. He appears before the Court Martial when personnel are accused of service related offences. He often represents ex-military clients before the civilian courts.


In addition to his primary areas of practice Oliver also undertakes media law work. He provides weekly pre-publication advice to The Sun newspaper on defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, reporting restrictions, contempt of court and copyright.


  • 2009 Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent), Inns of Court School of Law (City Law School)
  • 2003 Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  • 2002 LLB University of Durham, Hatfield College
  • Inner Temple Exhibition Scholarship


CPS Panel Advocate Grade 3

CPS Specialist Fraud Panel Grade 3

Oliver is a member of the South Eastern Circuit (Circuit Junior 2014), the CBA, the Financial Services Lawyers Association, the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers and the Association of Military Court Advocates.


Away from his professional life Oliver is a dedicated father to 3 young children and a keen marathon runner.


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