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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 CourtAt the core of his skillset is an acute legal mind. When coupled with the advocate’s charm and judgement you get the complete modern barrister. He is a silk that has been established at being at the top of his game for many years and – as such – his experience is only matched by his obvious abilities.

Six Pump Court is well known for its strength in handling serious prosecution work, notably, cases of sexual offending and homicide. In recent news, Richard Barraclough QC and Danny Moore prosecuted four defendants charged with pre-meditated murder concerning an ongoing conflict over the control of illegal drug supplies in Maidstone; all four were convicted. In another high-profile matter, ‘modern and forward-thinking silk‘ Oliver Saxby QC prosecuted in the “Maids Moreton Murder” trial, where Benjamin Field, a 28-year-old churchwarden, was convicted of the murder of 69-year-old Peter Farquhar.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Oliver Saxby QCSix Pump CourtThe quintessential modern advocate: hardworking, unflashy but supremely skilled in his craft – a master communicator.

Among the leading sets on the circuit, members of Six Pump Court are particularly active in Kent, defending and prosecuting in some of the most prolific and serious criminal cases. By way of example, Richard Barraclough QC achieved prosecuted four defendants, all of whom were convicted of a pre-meditated drug-related murder in Maidstone after a two month trial. Oliver Saxby QC successfully prosecuted the mother of a baby who drowned while unsupervised in a bath for gross negligence manslaughter.