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Oliver Saxby QC

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SIX PUMP COURT (Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC)


Oliver Saxby QC was called to the Bar in 1992 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013. Since then, he has gained a significant reputation for his robust and meticulous approach, having gained particular expertise in serious sexual allegations, joint-enterprise and other complex murder and manslaughter cases.

Oliver’s experience in defending serious sexual allegations involves 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 involved examining in chief and cross-examining vulnerable witnesses, and he has vast experience in building a case around voluminous third party records.

Oliver has extensive experience in a great variety of homicide cases. He receives regular instruction on gangland and multi-handed/joint-enterprise killings, gross negligence homicide and multiple homicide. His practice has also involved presenting defences such as loss of control, diminished responsibility and associated mental disorders/illnesses. Oliver has regularly provided opinions in areas such as ballistics/firearms and causation, specifically in the context of medical mistreatment and the administering of drugs/other substances. Niche areas on which Oliver has been instructed include DNA/blood splatter and distribution, pathology and neuropathology and baby shaking.

Outside of sexual offences and manslaughter, Oliver has a successful practice in serious and complex drugs offences, serious fraud and regulatory offences. He represented the First Master of the ferry of the Pride of Bilbao 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.


Called 1992; Inner Temple; Silk 2013.


South Eastern Circuit; Kent Bar Mess (Current Chairman); Criminal Bar Association; Financial Services Lawyers Association


Eton College; Southampton University (LLB); Inner Temple; Duke of Edinburgh Scholar.



London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Oliver Saxby QC - Six Pump Court ‘A good communicator and charming advocate in court with an outstanding ability to grasp the issues quickly.’

Within: Crime (general crime)

Six Pump Court includes a number of members with strengths in sexual offences cases. In other work, Oliver Saxby QC prosecuted a man who murdered a book seller to steal a £50,000 first edition of The Wind in the Willows.

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Regional Bar : South Eastern Circuit


Within: Crime – Leading silks

Oliver Saxby QC - Six Pump Court ‘A masterclass in cross-examination techniques.’

Within: Crime

The ‘excellent’ criminal team at Six Pump Court is well known for handling cases involving high-profile murders and serious sexual offences. Richard Barraclough QC is currently acting in the case concerning the murder of Karl Bunster, whose body remains missing, and Oliver Saxby QC successfully prosecuted in the R v Michael Danaher case, regarding the murder of rare book seller Adrian Greenwood. John O’Higgins left to join No5 Barristers Chambers in January 2017.

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