Oliver Powell > Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC
Outer Temple Chambers
THE OUTER TEMPLE, 222 STRAND
LONDON
WC2R 1BA
England

Living Wage

Work Department

Business Crime and Regulatory, Sanctions, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services, Health, Safety and Environment, Marine and Fisheries

Position

Barrister specialising in Business Crime and Regulatory, Sanctions, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services, Health, Safety and Environment, Marine and Fisheries.

Oliver undertakes instructions that involve the regulation of business activity and commerce. His practice encompasses: asset forfeiture & civil recovery; business crime; commercial fraud; environment; financial services; health & safety; and indirect tax.

Oliver acts for companies and company officers in relation to matters that involve allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, tax evasion, cartels and/or money laundering. He is often retained by companies at the outset of a criminal, civil and/or regulatory investigation. Oliver is routinely instructed in matters with an international element and usually cases involving allegations of dishonesty, sharp practice or breach of trust. He is a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), a member of the New York State Bar Association, and in recent years has undertaken work in inter alia: USA, UAE, Greece, Falkland Islands and UK offshore jurisdictions such as the Isle of Man.

As well as conducting contentious work which has its genesis in investigations undertaken by the SFO, FCA, CMA and NCA, Oliver has considerable experience in cross-border investigations, corporate and internal investigations. In addition, he maintains a busy advisory practice, providing opinions on ABC, AML, export controls and economic sanctions.

In so far as health & safety work is concerned, Oliver acts for companies and company officers in prosecutions brought by the HSE and local authorities. He is routinely involved in matters where there have been fatalities or serious injuries in the workplace. Whilst he is well-versed is cases that originate in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare and transport sectors, Oliver is renowned for health, safety and environmental matters emanating from the maritime sector.

Career

“An impressive senior junior well versed in large scale litigation”. Oliver Powell is ranked in both Chambers & Partners (UK) and The Legal 500 (in five practice areas). One solicitor observed: “He is superb to work with. He works night and day for his clients and always gets great results”. He is praised as “an extremely confident and charming advocate”.

He undertakes instructions that involve the regulation of business activity and commerce. His practice encompasses: asset forfeiture & civil recovery; business crime; civil fraud; corporate investigations; financial services; health, safety and environment; indirect tax and maritime regulatory law.

Recent or extant work includes:

  • representing Behzad Fuels (UK) Ltd in the Court of Appeal;
  • advising a well-known fund manager in relation to an FCA investigation;
  • retained to advise on the largest ever financial investigation conducted in the IOM;
  • representing a former SVP of Alstom Network UK charged with conspiracy to corrupt;
  • advising on the London Capital & Finance Plc collapse;
  • acted for Bombardier in relation to the 2016 Croydon tram derailment;
  • advised a large corporate in relation to an investigation by OFSI;
  • advised a former Director of British Solar Renewables Ltd in relation to an SFO investigation.

Oliver is routinely instructed in matters with an international element and usually cases involving allegations of dishonesty, sharp practice or breach of trust. He is a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), a member of the New York State Bar Association, and in recent years has undertaken work in inter alia: USA, UAE, Greece, Falkland Islands and UK offshore jurisdictions such as the Isle of Man.

Oliver acts for multinationals, SMEs and private individuals, and is routinely instructed by City law firms. His strong interpersonal skills, candid advice and robust advocacy allow him to forge solid working relationships, making him a popular choice with solicitors and clients alike.

Memberships

  • Accredited as a Pupil Supervisor
  • Accredited as a Mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation
  • Admiralty Bar Group
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Fraud Advisory Panel
  • Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association
  • Revenue Bar Association
  • The Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Western Circuit

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Oliver PowellOuter Temple Chambers

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Oliver PowellOuter Temple ChambersSeamlessly integrates into a large team in either a leadership or support role. Knows his area inside out. Clients love him and he always makes them feel looked after. Superb jury advocate.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Oliver PowellOuter Temple Chambers ‘Extremely bright and diligent – a pleasure to have in any team.’

Outer Temple Chambers  is commended for its ‘excellent depth in criminal/regulatory work‘ with clients also noting a ‘real strength in cryptocurrency offering with juniors and seniors well-versed in the area’. Members have strong expertise in regulatory advisory matters, as well as assistance on related enforcement and criminal proceedings. On the investigations side, Michael Bowes KC has been leading Oliver Powell in defending a senior fund manager against an FCA investigation. Justina Stewart  has also developed a good reputation for advising financial services companies on their interactions with the DIFC and its regulatory ecosystem. On the insurance side, James Counsell KC represented Lloyds in The Council of Lloyd’s v Equity Syndicate Management Company Limited and Others, concerning an inquiry into the conduct of a Lloyd’s Managing Agent.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Oliver PowellOuter Temple Chambers ‘A complete expert in his field and one who has great clarity on principles and how he operates.’

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Oliver PowellOuter Temple Chambers