Oliver Sanders KC named as one of the Lawyer’s Hot 100 2023 - Jan 2023
Oliver Sanders KC has a wide experience and expertise in public law and human rights, including judicial reviews, damages claims and statutory appeals; information rights, including data protection, freedom of information, breach of confidence and misuse of private information; national security and extremism; inquests and inquiries; contempt of court; and the Equality Act 2010.
He is a member of the Bar Pro Bono Scheme and the Inner Temple Advocacy Training Programme and has given lectures to various government and non-government clients, the Justice / Sweet and Maxwell FOI Conference and the ALBA Summer Conference.
Before joining chambers in 2004, Oliver spent seven years in the Government Legal Department working on the Northern Ireland peace process, prisons matters, public law litigation and the Hutton Inquiry.Public Law
Oliver acts for claimants and defendants in a wide variety of contexts. In addition to the contentious work referred to below, he has undertaken specialist advisory work for government on articles 2-3 and 5 of the ECHR, Crown immunity and Crown proceedings, the Equality Act 2010, new schools and academies (including free and grammar schools) and the forfeiture of pensions.
In the national security context, he has acted for the intelligence services, government, the police and oversight bodies in relation to: breach of confidence and injunction claims; closed material procedures and public interest immunity; contempt of court; extremism, including in education; investigatory powers and data protection; mediations; and reporting restrictions. Furthermore, he has also worked on more than 10 different claims for MOD under special forces confidentiality contracts.
- Attorney General v BBC  EWHC 826 (QB): Confidentiality, national security, risks to life and MI5.
- Attorney General v BBC  EWHC 380 (QB): Open justice and national security.
- R (UCPI Designated Lawyer Officers) v Chairman of UCPI  EWHC 247 (Admin): Unlawful inquiry decision.
- R (Butt) v Home Sec  EWCA Civ 256: Prevent duty & universities.
- R (Da Silva) v Chairman of UCPI  EWHC 426 (Admin): Anonymity.
- R (Coll) v Justice Sec  UKSC 40: Approved premises for women.
- LL v Lord Chancellor  EWCA Civ 237: Flawed committal and article 5.
- Ministry of Defence v Maclachlan  EWHC 3733 (QB): Special forces confidentiality contracts.
- R (O'Connor) v Aldershot Magistrates  EWHC 2792 (Admin): Access to justice.
- NHS BSA v Williams  EWHC 1952 (Ch): Nursery nurse pensions.
- R (ILPA) v Tribunal Procedure Committee  EWHC 218 (Admin): Immigration appeals and closed materials.
- Lord Chancellor v Detention Action  EWCA Civ 840: Detained fast track appeal procedures.
- Webster v Lord Chancellor  EWCA Civ 742: Flawed summing up and articles 5-6.
- Wright v Lord Chancellor  EWHC 1477 (QB): Flawed sentencing and article 5.
- R (Al-Fawwaz) v Home Sec  EWHC 468 - 469 (Admin): Closed material procedures.
- R (Al-Fawwaz) v Home Sec  EWHC 166 (Admin): NCND and mutual legal assistance.
- R (Bentham) v Justice Sec  EWHC 2469 (Admin): Probation exclusion zones.
- R (Green) v Justice Sec  EWHC 3491 (Admin): Transsexual prisoners.
- R (T (Sri Lanka)) v Home Sec  EWHC 1093 (Admin): Immigration.
- Re a complaint of surveillance  UKIPT A1: Meaning of “surveillance” under RIPA.
- R (Simpson) v Home Sec  EWHC 808 (Admin): Police pensions.
- Malcolm v Justice Sec  EWCA Civ 1538: Prison exercise regimes.
- Ahmad v Brent LBC  EWHC 80 (QB): Lifer recalls.
- Morgan v Ministry of Justice  EWHC 2248 (QB): Prison healthcare and "victim" status under article 2.
- R (AB) v Justice Sec  EWHC 2220 (Admin): Transsexual prisoners.
- JS (Colombia) v Home Sec  EWCA Civ 1238: Deportation.
- Moore v SST  EWCA Civ 750: Francovich damages and limitation.
- Home Sec v Lord Alton of Liverpool  EWCA Civ 443: Proscribed organisations.
- Ministry of Defence v Griffin  EHWC 1542 (QB): Special forces confidentiality contracts.
- E v Home Sec  EWHC 2232 (Admin): Control orders.
Acting for interested persons (including families, healthcare professionals and private and public sector bodies) and coroners in connection with inquests into healthcare and hospital deaths, deaths in custody (prison, police, immigration and mental health), workplace and road traffic accidents, service deaths and related claims in tort and under article 2 of the ECHR.
- Re Molly Russell: Children and online harms.
- Re Paul Craig & Others: Guildford Pub Bombings 1974.
- Re Stuart Fuller: HIV and HCV contaminated blood products.
- Re LCpl Brynin: Friendly fire.
- Re Eystna Blunnie: Domestic homicide.
- Re Private Lomas: White water rafting.
- Re Jimmy Mubenga: Deportation restraint.
- Re Rhiya Malin: Nursery playground accident.
- Re Michael Harland: RAF Tornado ejection seat malfunction.
- Re Cpl Bryant & Others: Snatch Landrover IED.
- Re Able Seaman Johnstone: Navy diving accident.
- Re Godfrey Moyo: Prison restraint.
- Re Flt Lt Sale & Others: RAF helicopter crash.
- Re Lt Cole & Others: Navy helicopter crash.
- Re Capt Wright: SAS parachute accident.
Oliver acted for Number 10 witnesses in the Hutton Inquiry, he was counsel to the Intelligence Services Commissioner on his inquiry into Michael Adebolajo’s torture claims and counter-terrorism work overseas and he is currently acting for more than 100 former Metropolitan Police Service members of the Special Demonstration Squad and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
- Undercover Policing Inquiry: Leading counsel for the Designated Lawyer Officers.
- Operation Kenova: Advising the investigation team on disclosure and public law issues.
- Intelligence Services Commr Inquiry into Adebolajo torture claims, MI6 and counter-terrorism overseas: HC 458, 2016.
He acts for claimants and defendants in connection with information and personal data related cases for misuse of private information and under article 8 of the ECHR, the GDPR, the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2018 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000
- R (Butt) v Home Sec  EWCA Civ 256: Prevent duty & universities.
- Home Sec v TLU  EWCA Civ 2217: Online data breach.
- Willow v Info Commr  EWCA Civ 1876: Restraint of juveniles.
- TLT v Home Sec  EWHC 2217 (QB): Online data breach.
- Youssef v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2016/0185 (GRC): First Lady of Syria.
- Crook v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2015/0224 (GRC): WW2 intelligence.
- DWP v Info Commr and Gale  UKUT 599 (AAC): EU infraction proceedings.
- Home Office v Info Commr and Cobain  UKUT 0027 (AAC): Deprivation of citizenship.
- MXA v Harrow LBC  EWHC 3756 (QB): Data protection.
- McIntrye v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2013/0093 (GRC): Extremist material online.
- Stevenson v Info Commr  UKUT 181 (AAC): Hospitals.
- Home Office v Info Commr and John O  UKFTT EA/2011/0265 (GRC): Immigration lists.
- Platts v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2012/0190 (GRC): Whether information “held”.
- Wynn v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2011/0084 (GRC): Equitable Life.
- Pragnell v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2011/0279 (GRC): Royal papers FOIA amendments.
- Veer v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2011/0255 (GRC): Cabinet minutes.
- Weiss (AIRE Centre) v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2011/0191 (GRC): Removal of EEA nationals.
- McGonagle v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2011/0104 (GRC): UFOs.
- Gradwick v Info Commr  UKFTT EA/2010/0151 (GRC): Chemical weapons.
Oliver Sanders KC named The Times Lawyer of the Week - Oct 2022
We are delighted to announce that Oliver Sanders KC has been named Lawyer of the Week by The Times. Oliver acted for the family of 14-year-old Molly Russell at the inquest into her death. She died...
Coroner in Molly Russell Inquest rules that Meta and Pinterest must send executives to give evidence in person - Sep 2022
Senior Coroner Andrew Walker has ruled that executives from Meta and Pinterest must be sent from the US to give evidence at the inquest into the death of Molly Russell, a 14-year-old who took her own...
Guildford Pub Bombing inquests brought to a close 48 years after IRA attack - Jul 2022
The inquests investigated the deaths of four young army recruits and one civilian who died in a Provisional IRA bomb attack on the Horse and Groom Public House in Guildford on 5th October 1974. After...
Guildford Pub Bombing Inquests: Evidence Hearings Begin - Jun 2022
The Guildford Pub Bombing inquests began hearing evidence today at the Surrey Coroner’s Court in Woking. Oliver Sanders QC is leading Matthew Flinn and Alice Kuzmenko as counsel to the inquests. ...
Attorney General seeks injunction against BBC in national security case - Mar 2022
The High Court will hear the Attorney General’s application to restrain the BBC from publishing a news report naming an alleged MI5 agent this week. Part of the hearing will take place in a secret...
Coroner in Molly Russell Inquest concerned that more children at risk - Feb 2021
Facebook and Instagram last year disclosed suicide and self-harm related content engaged with by Molly Russell in the six months prior to her death. Pinterest already disclosed similar materials...
Oliver Sanders QC and Matthew Flinn act in Guildford Pub Bombings inquest - Dec 2020
Oliver Sanders QC and Matthew Flinn are acting as Counsel to the Inquest for investigations into the deaths of five young people, who were killed in the bombing of the Horse and Groom Pub in Guildford...
Undercover Policing Inquiry’s hearings begin today - Nov 2020
Today, 2nd November, the Undercover Policing Inquiry starts its hearings with seven days of live-streamed opening statements, followed by seven days of evidence hearings. The full schedule and how the...
Oliver Sanders QC called to the Bar of Northern Ireland - Oct 2020
Congratulations to Oliver Sanders QC who was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland via a remote ceremony today, Friday 23rd October 2020. Oliver’s connections with Northern Ireland date back to...
Disclosure of images made in advance of the inquest into Molly Russell’s death - Sep 2020
Facebook and Instagram have disclosed suicide and self-harm related images viewed by Molly Russell in the six months prior to her death. The photo-sharing site Pinterest had already disclosed similar...
Oliver Sanders QC talks emerging tech with Law Commissioner Sarah Green in Counsel Magazine - May 2020
In the June issue of Counsel Magazine, Oliver Sanders QC interviews Professor Sarah Green, the new Law Commissioner for Commercial and Common Law. They discuss how her background in coding has...
1COR hosts Sutton Trust students for an insight into life at the Bar - Oct 2019
What is a barrister? 1COR hosts Sutton Trust Pathways to Law students to give them a glimpse into life at the Bar. 1COR, led by Head of Outreach Jo Moore, welcomes Sutton Trust students to learn...
Hill Dickinson’s Healthcare Hub – Medical Lecture Series: AI in healthcare; using data to improve clinical outcomes with Oliver Sanders QC - Sep 2019
AI is increasingly making great advances in health and care. This free seminar run by the Hill Dickinson Healthcare Team will explore how AI is being used to drive improvement in patient outcomes and...
Oliver Sanders QC and Amelia Walker in Court of Appeal extremism case - Mar 2019
The Court of Appeal (the Master of the Rolls and Sharp and Irwin LJJ) has handed down judgment in the case of R (Butt) v Home Secretary  EWCA Civ 256 following a two day hearing in December...
Oliver Sanders QC and Dominic Ruck Keene analyse Big Brother Watch & Others v UK in the latest issue of Counsel Magazine - Nov 2018
In the latest edition of Counsel Magazine, Oliver Sanders QC and Dominic Ruck Keene examine the recent European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgment in Big Brother Watch & Others v UK, the...
Oliver Sanders QC and Michael Deacon in online data breach appeal - Jul 2018
Following a recent hearing, the Court of Appeal has given judgment in the case of Home Secretary v TLU  EWCA Civ 2217. The case arose out of damages claims for misuse of private information...
The Sutton Trust’s ‘Pathways to Law: Introduction to Law’ at the London School of Economics - Jan 2018
Yesterday, Oliver Sanders QC, Sarah Lambert and Michael Paulin spoke about their own journey to the Bar as part of The Sutton Trust's 'Pathways to Law: Introduction to Law' event held at the London...
Oliver Sanders QC successful in Court of Appeal case about FOIA and restraint of children - Nov 2017
The President of the Queen's Bench Division, Sir Brian Leveson, gave the lead judgment in Willow v Information Commissioner & Ministry of Justice  EWCA Civ 1876. The appellant, Carolyne...
The Times reports on Chambers extremism cases - Jun 2017
Frances Gibb has written in The Times (｣) about the number of cases being heard in the Family Division concerning extremism. The piece features quotations from Mr Justice Hayden in A Local Authority...
Oliver Sanders QC in Supreme Court equality case about probation hostels for women - May 2017
Across the country there are 94 "approved premises" for men and six for women, reflecting the overall 19:1 ratio of male:female prisoners. However, the smaller number of hostels for women offenders...
Oliver Sanders QC in Court of Appeal case about damages for judicial mistakes - Apr 2017
The Court of Appeal gave judgment in LL v Lord Chancellor  EWCA Civ 237 on 10 April 2017 (Longmore, Jackson and King LJJ). The case concerned a claim for damages brought against the...
Oliver Sanders QC and Shaheen Rahman QC take Silk - Feb 2017
13th February 2017 was QC appointment day, and Oliver Sanders and Shaheen Rahman, accompanied by their families and Senior and First Junior Clerks Matthew Phipps and Andrew Tull, travelled to...
New QC Appointments Announced Oliver Sanders and Shaheen Rahman - Jan 2017
Two of our Members, Oliver Sanders and Shaheen Rahman, have been advised that they will be appointed Queen's Counsel on 13 February 2017. The full report, including press release and full appointment...
Oliver Sanders and Amelia Walker in counter-extremism judicial review - Dec 2016
The claimant, Dr Salman Butt, is challenging the lawfulness of two features of the Home Secretary's counter-extremism strategy - the Prevent Duty Guidance on external speakers at universities and the...
Oliver Sanders obtains injunction in SAS media case - Nov 2016
Oliver Sanders is acting for the Ministry of Defence in a breach of contract claim against Colin Maclachlan. Mr Maclachlan is a former SAS member who has appeared on Channel 4 and Channel 5 and whose...
Oliver Sanders and Michael Deacon in case about online data breach - Nov 2016
Oliver Sanders and Michael Deacon recently acted for the Home Office in an important misuse of private information and data protection case. The claims were brought by six individuals following the...
Oliver Sanders in white water rafting inquest - Oct 2015
Oliver Sanders acted for the Ministry of Defence at the recent inquest into the tragic death of Private John Lomas, who drowned during the course of a military adventurous training exercise in Austria...
Oliver Sanders successful in Court of Appeal challenge over probation hostels for women - Apr 2015
Oliver Sanders acted for the Justice Secretary in this judicial review which challenged the availability and distribution of probation hostels for women (aka approved premises). Across the country...
Oliver Sanders successful in ground-breaking judicial review arising out of US terror trial - Mar 2015
Oliver Sanders acted as junior counsel for the Home Secretary in a case under Pt 2 of the Justice and Security Act 2013. On 2 March 2015, the Divisional Court handed down a series of judgments in R...
Oliver Sanders acts for the Ministry of Justice in judicial review about items for transsexual prisoner - Jan 2014
Oliver Sanders acted for the Justice Secretary and HMP Frankland in this judicial review brought by a male-to-female transsexual prisoner. The claimant, Kimberley-Jade Green, formerly known as Craig...
Oliver Sanders acts for Ministry of Justice in judicial review about probation hostels for women - Jan 2014
Oliver Sanders acted for the Justice Secretary in this judicial review brought by two female indeterminate sentence prisoners challenging the availability and distribution of probation hostels for...
Oliver Sanders and Andrea Lindsay Strugo act for the Government in Jimmy Mubenga inquest - May 2013
Mr Mubenga died at Heathrow on 12 October 2010 after being restrained by G4S escorts on board a BA aeroplane during the course of his planned deportation to Angola. This was the first ever death of...
Oliver Sanders in successful FOIA appeal for Home Office on immigration country lists - Apr 2013
The Information Tribunal gave judgment for the Home Office on 10 April 2013 in a case under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning confidential lists of countries connected with high levels of...
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2013 - Feb 2013
We are delighted to announce the following new appointments to the Attorney General's Panels - Owain Thomas to the A Panel (a re-appointment), Amy Mannion and John Jolliffe to the B Panel and Caroline...
Oliver Sanders and Matthew Flinn defend the SFO over Equitable Life papers - Sep 2012
The Information Tribunal has ruled in favour of the Serious Fraud Office in an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding disclosure of its Equitable Life investigation files. In...
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2012 - Feb 2012
We are delighted to announce the following new appointments to the Attorney General's Panels - Oliver Sanders to the A panel, Robert Wastell to the B panel and Adam Wagner to the C panel. The 23...
Oliver Sanders acts for MOD in Snatch Land Rover inquest - Mar 2010