Oliver Moore > Chambers of Anna Vigars KC > Bristol, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers

Work Department

Personal injury; costs and litigation funding; insurance litigation; inquests.


Oliver is a very experienced specialist Personal Injury and Costs Litigation barrister. He was a solicitor (with Higher Rights) before transferring to the Bar.

He is recommended as a Leading Junior in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK for Personal Injury and Costs Litigation. He is the only barrister on the Western Circuit recommended in both directories for both Personal Injury and Costs Litigation.

He is the co-head of Chambers’ PI/Clinical Negligence Team and head of the Costs and Litigation Funding team.


Called 2005, Grays Inn. Trainee solicitor, Cole & Cole, now Morgan Cole (1996-98); solicitor, Bond Pearce (1998-2005); higher rights of audience, civil (2004); transferred to the Bar and joined Guildhall Chambers (March 2005); appointed to the Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (November 2010).

Oliver has a substantial Personal Injury practice mainly consisting of serious and catastrophic injuries. He is co-head of Chambers’ PI/Clinical Negligence team.

Oliver has worked in the field of personal injury for over 23 years. He was formerly a defendant PI solicitor, and his background is of assistance in both his claimant and defendant work.

In his time working in this field, he has dealt with an enormous variety of cases. Particular areas of interest and expertise include:

  • Fatal accident claims;
  • Brain injury claims;
  • Claims involving loss of chance of career and/or promotion;
  • Chronic pain cases.

Oliver is head of Chambers’ Costs and Litigation Funding team and his knowledge and experience in costs is frequently sought after in respect of PI claims in which he is instructed.

Oliver’s aptitude in respect of procedural issues means he is often sought after for contentious applications and procedural appeals.

Oliver has a specialist costs practice and heads Chambers’ Costs and Litigation Funding team. He receives instructions nationwide to advise/represent parties in all aspects of civil costs.

His instructions have covered a wide range of practice areas (including property litigation, wills and trust disputes, Court of Protection) but most often arise from PI/Clinical Negligence claims.

Oliver has advised and represented parties in relation to costs disputes for many years (he did his first “taxation” (as it was pre-CPR) almost 25 years ago) and has a great depth of experience and knowledge.

Oliver is co-head of Chambers’ PI/Clinical Negligence Team and head of the Costs Team.

Oliver’s expertise in costs is sought after in many clinical negligence claims. He is renowned for his handling of CCMCs in high value clinical negligence claims, particularly in Bristol District Registry.

He increasingly accepts instructions in clinical negligence claims more generally and over his years in practice he has acquired a wide experience of substantial claims.




  • BA Hons, Law & Politics, Nottingham University
  • Diploma of Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Costs

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Oliver MooreGuildhall Chambers ‘Oliver knows the costs rules and case law better than anyone. His costs advice is sensible and he knows which cases should be taken to a detailed assessment. His advocacy is also excellent.’

Guildhall Chambersis the go-to set in Bristol and the South West when it comes to costs‘ work. With considerable experience, Oliver Moore heads the nine-strong team, which is instructed in relation to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. He specialises in costs appeals in connection with high-value personal injury and clinical negligence claims. James Wibberley’s practice primarily involves advising on litigation funding, as well as solicitor and own-client disputes. John Churchill is particularly experienced handling solicitor and client costs cases recently acted for the respondent in the High Court case Rushbrooke UK Ltd v 4 Design Concepts Ltd, which at the costs stage clarified the law on wasted costs orders against firms of solicitors acting without proper authority.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Oliver MooreGuildhall ChambersHe is always well-prepared and has an accurate grasp of complex issues. He has an excellent rapport with clients who he puts quickly at ease. He is also an accomplished advocate in court.’

Guildhall Chambers‘excellent’ personal injury team ‘deals with cases of the most significant value and complexity‘. James Bentley’s practice is evenly divided between claimant and defendant instructions, often involving brain injuries, the Fatal Accidents and Animals Acts, secondary victim claims, pain disorders, and complex loss of earnings claims. He recently acted in a case in which valuation was heavily contested because the precise nature of the injury in question could not be determined. Oliver Moorehas a meticulous eye for detail‘ and recently represented the claimant in a matter involving severe injuries following a road traffic accident, as well as an amputation several years after the accident, issues around life expectancy and contributory negligence, and other factual and evidential controversies.