Oliver Saxby QC > Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC
Six Pump Court


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.



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Oliver Saxby QCSix Pump CourtOliver is a brilliant cross-examiner and a real jury advocate. A class act.

Members of Six Pump Court have solid expertise in handling prosecution and defence work, often concerning cases of serious sexual offences and murder. In a recent highlight for the set, Oliver Saxby QC successfully prosecuted a husband and wife who were charged with the murder of their live-in landlord by deliberate starvation after forging his will; the wife was convicted of murder, and the husband was convicted of allowing his death. In 2021 Simon Taylor QC took silk, while Catherine Donnelly moved to 2 Harcourt Buildings.

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

Six Pump Court is ‘an excellent set‘ with a notable presence in Kent, where members of the team prosecute and defend in a range of high-profile criminal cases. In the Court of Appeal, Oliver Saxby QC acted for Carl Page, a former subpostmaster who was convicted of fraud as part of the Horizon scandal. Elsewhere, Danny Moore successfully defended a man in a murder case, where it was alleged that the victim identified the defendant as the killer. In a separate case, rising star Emin Kandola prosecuted a woman who was convicted of glassing a professional golfer and Miss England finalist, who was left with vision damage after the attack.