Pump Court Chambers

Oliver Foy

Call: 2016

Oliver Foy
  • LLB, Queen Mary University of London
  • LLM, University College London
  • BPTC, BPP Law School, London
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Level 1 CPS Panel Advocate
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Excellence Scholarship (BPP Law School)
  • Oxford University Press Prize (Highest mark in Equity and Trusts at Queen Mary University of London)
  • CBA Bursary Award for Excellence in Advocacy
  • University of Oxford Property Law Blog
  • Queen Mary Commonwealth Placement (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • BVL Moot Mentor

Ollie is a fervent football fan who loves to play and watch the beautiful game. He is a steadfast Sunderland supporter, which means he is imbued with an eternal sense of optimism.

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Oliver Foy has a broad and busy common law practice covering all areas of Chambers’ work. He brings a diverse and complementary skill set to his advice, drafting and court representation. Ollie accepts instructions at any stage of litigation, or contemplated litigation, across civil, family and crime.

 

Ollie read Law at Queen Mary University of London and University College London. He went on to assist Berwin Leighton Paisner with a compliance project during their merger with Bryan Cave and then worked as a County Court Advocate before commencing pupillage.

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Ollie has particular experience in employment law having been under the supervision of Heather Platt during pupillage. Ollie has therefore been exposed to the full spectrum of employment work and is building on his knowledge gained as a pupil. He appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal and has a budding paperwork practice, which includes written advice and drafting.

Selected Cases

A v C

5-day final hearing, appearing on behalf of the respondent. The claimant brought claims of constructive unfair dismissal, direct race discrimination, unlawful deduction from wages and breach of contract. All claims were dismissed.

V v B

2-day final hearing, appearing on behalf of the respondent. The hearing was to determine the employment status of the claimant. The claimant opted to settle the case at the beginning of day 2 after Ollie had concluded his cross-examination.

E v F

3-day final hearing, appearing on behalf of the claimant. The respondent did not take up the opportunity to respond to Ollie’s closing submissions and instead settled the case prior to the remedy hearing.

P v H

Preliminary hearing to determine disability, appearing on behalf of the respondent. The judge found that the claimant was not disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, thereby removing the overwhelming majority of the claimant’s claims.

A v R1, R2, LBH

Drafted grounds of appeal to the EAT after an employment judge held that the respondent, rather than the local authority, had employed the claimant to care for her disabled son. The judge had failed to consider the judgment in South Lanarkshire Council v Smith UKEAT/873/99 and the significance of the local authority’s statutory duty to care for disabled people.

Ollie has experience across the full range of family work but has a specific interest in family finance, an area in which he has a growing practice. He has built up notable experience in cases ranging from first appointment to final hearing.

Selected Cases

I v A

2-day final hearing chiefly concerned with the beneficial interests in foreign property situated in Pakistan. The case centred on expert evidence and the influence of non-disclosure.

K v T

Enforcement application relating to an order for sale dating back to 2006. The application was complicated by the fact that the property had been re-mortgaged without the knowledge of the other party.

W v W

Variation application to reduce periodical payments after the pandemic had a significant impact on the applicant’s business interests.

A v A

Application for an occupation order under s.36 FLA 1996 and injunctive relief under FPR 20.2 in order to protect ongoing Schedule 1 proceedings by preventing a scheduled eviction.

Ollie has acted in all stages of private law children proceedings, from preliminary advice to final hearings. Ollie has represented parents at numerous fact-finding hearings, both alleging and defending serious allegations. Ollie has dealt with cases involving physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and parental alienation.

Selected Cases

D v D

2-day fact-finding hearing, representing the respondent father against whom 17 separate allegations had been made. No allegations were proved beyond the admissions made by the respondent.

P v P

4-day fact finding hearing, representing the applicant mother in a hearing involving extensive police disclosure. The applicant made 11 allegations, of which 10 were proved. Cafcass ultimately supported an order for no contact with the respondent father.

P v W

1-day final hearing, appearing on behalf of the respondent mother. The respondent’s case focused on the section 7 report’s incompatibility with PD 12J and Ollie conducted lengthy cross-examination in relation to the same. The judge agreed that the report was defective in this respect.

W v B

1-day final hearing, appearing on behalf of the respondent mother. Ollie secured a shared care order notwithstanding the respondent mother’s conviction for assault occasioning ABH against the father and consequent eviction from the family home.

Ollie provides advice and representation for a varied range of property matters, both residential and commercial. Ollie has an academic interest in this area and enjoys applying the underlying legal concepts for the benefit of his clients. He wrote an article for the University of Oxford Property Law Blog after observing Simon Lane’s success in the intriguing case of Archibald v Alexander [2020] EWHC 1621 (Ch).

Selected Cases

S v C

Provided in-depth written advice, drafting and representation for a dispute concerning the enforceability of a restrictive covenant. The covenant dates back to 1893 and the issue relates to enforceability of the covenant.

C v O

Advice on an equitable claim for restitution by contribution arising from a joint obligation to pay rent under a lease.

C v S

Advice on the existence of a business lease and whether it had been surrendered or forfeited, as well as the consequent liability for rent and business rates.

A v C

Application for an order for sale, appearing on behalf of the defendant. The order for sale was suspended despite no payments having been made for over 2 years and no engagement with proceedings until the hearing.

Ollie has a very good grounding in civil work having been a County Court Advocate prior to commencing pupillage. He has acted in a wide range of disputes including stage 3 hearings, bankruptcy and all forms of interim applications.

Ollie has built on this experience by advising and representing clients in a diverse range of civil matters. This includes breach of contract claims, civil proceedings under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and claims under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

Ollie is regularly instructed in small claims and fast track trials arising from road traffic accidents, often involving credit hire and fundamental dishonesty.

Selected Cases

T v G

Small claim concerning an unpaid invoice for building works and a counterclaim based on a failure to carry out the work with reasonable care and skill. Ollie successfully negotiated settlement at trial which saw compensation and costs paid to his client.

D v M

Small claims trial to determine quantum (diminution in value), appearing on behalf of the defendant. The claim was dismissed after Ollie persuaded the court that the engineer’s report was insufficient to establish diminution in value without the repair invoice.

B v B

Advice for a longstanding family dispute involving cross-allegations of harassment. The advice covered nuisance, harassment and non-molestation orders.

Ollie’s crime practice consists mainly of criminal defence work, with a focus on motoring offences. He has extensive experience in exceptional hardship and special reasons hearings. Ollie is frequently instructed in the Magistrates’ Court and for appeals and sentences in the Crown Court. Ollie is also a Level 1 CPS Panel Advocate.

Selected Cases

R v M

2-day speeding trial, appearing on behalf of the defendant. The Crown offered no evidence after a series of technical arguments concerning hearsay, disclosure and prescribed speeding devices.

R v N

Successful special reasons argument where the defendant was found guilty of failing to provide a specimen for analysis but had no intention of driving.

R v G

2-day Newton hearing at Bulford Court Martial, appearing on behalf of a soldier accused of assaulting a fellow soldier with a glass bottle while overseas. The soldier was found not to have used a glass bottle and was sentenced to detention rather than dismissal.

R v Q

Sentencing hearing for a 16-year-old who had pleaded guilty to 15 robberies and possession of an offensive weapon. An 18-month DTO was imposed.

  • LLB, Queen Mary University of London
  • LLM, University College London
  • BPTC, BPP Law School, London
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Level 1 CPS Panel Advocate
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Excellence Scholarship (BPP Law School)
  • Oxford University Press Prize (Highest mark in Equity and Trusts at Queen Mary University of London)
  • CBA Bursary Award for Excellence in Advocacy
  • University of Oxford Property Law Blog
  • Queen Mary Commonwealth Placement (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • BVL Moot Mentor

Ollie is a fervent football fan who loves to play and watch the beautiful game. He is a steadfast Sunderland supporter, which means he is imbued with an eternal sense of optimism.

Instructing Oliver Foy

Would you like to know more?

If you require help or advice please contact our clerking team.

Call +44 (0)20 7353 0711 or email clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

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