Oliver Doherty

Oliver Doherty is an experienced and highly regarded advocate specialising in cases of fraud, corruption, money laundering, the importation and supply of drugs, and cases of serious and sexual violence.

He appears 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. Recent instructions for trial have included offences of attempted murder, s.18, gangland firearms supply, ‘County Lines’ drug conspiracies, arson with intent to endanger life, kidnapping, rape/sexual assault, voyeurism and human trafficking / modern day slavery.


Oliver has a busy defence practice on the South Eastern Circuit where solicitors and clients welcome his straightforward and unflappable approach to 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.


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.