Our popular bulletins and events will keep you abreast of the latest legal developments.

Our annual keynote seminar was held on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at the Vale Resort. Speakers included Simon Evans, Peter Bennett, Amanda Evans and guest speaker, Steven Ford QC.

This edition considers a highway tripping claim where a focused defence overcame the Claimant’s attempts to overcomplicate the matter and case summaries relating to fixed costs and the admissibility of covert recording evidence.

This edition considers recent case-law regarding fundamental dishonesty, the meaning of ‘use of vehicle’ and apportioning liability for speeding.

Our annual keynote seminar was held on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at the Vale Resort. Simon Evans considered the impact of the Civil Liability Act 2018, Peter Bennett provided a regulatory update and Amanda Evans and guest speaker, Steven Ford QC, discussed recent developments following CN v Poole BC [2019] UKSC 25.

Our monthly review of developments in the insurance and public sector. This edition considers a highway tripping claim where a focused defence overcame the Claimant’s attempts to overcomplicate the matter and case summaries relating to the fixed costs regime and the admissibility of covert recordings as evidence.

This edition considers recent case-law regarding fundamental dishonesty, the necessity for bespoke life expectancy evidence, the meaning of ‘use of vehicle’ where a vehicle had been parked in a private garage which caught fire and apportioning liability for speeding.

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Adrian Oliver

Senior Partner

Areas of Expertise

About Adrian

Adrian specialises in the defence of actions against the police and defends public liability and employers' liability claims for police forces as well as dealing with a range of local authority litigation. Adrian has been involved in a number of high profile cases for a number of police forces and deals with claims for wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution, Human Rights breaches and other actions involving the police, including inquests. Adrian regularly appears in the top tier category in legal review publications of solicitors in this area and assists police forces by providing advice on a wide range of issues.

 

Adrian also deals with complex claims against social services departments for alleged failure to protect children from abuse and neglect, accidents in the workplace and other actions against local authorities in respect of the duty of care.

 

Adrian deals with data protection issues on behalf of clients and assists in dealing with subject access requests where the sensitivity of the matter demands. Adrian oversees the litigation department of the practice.

Since 2009 Adrian has been the chair of the South Wales Police Youth Trust and meets regularly with the Chief Constable of South Wales and the Police & Crime Commissioner to seek to pursue the trust’s aims of seeking to divert young people from crime and anti-social behaviour, to educate young children as to the dangers of alcohol, drug and solvent abuse and to promote a safe environment for young people living in the South Wales area.

Legal Commendations

"Adrian Oliver 'really understands his clients' aims and provides a high-quality service' to a myriad of police forces in claims brought against them."

 

Legal 500, 2019

 

"Adrian Oliver is recognised as a 'long-standing solicitor with a wealth of knowledge and expertise' who provides 'very good tactical advice'."

Chambers & Partners, 2019

Notable Cases

Howarth v Chief Constable of Gwent Police EWHC 2836 QB) [2011]: the subjective and objective tests in cases of malicious prosecution

 

Robert Edward Seal v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2007] UKHL 32, House of Lords and ECHR 50330/07: whether a failure to obtain leave under s139(2) Mental Health Act 1983 renders subsequent proceedings a nullity

 

Michael O'Brien v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2005] 2 AC 534, House of Lords: similar fact evidence in civil proceedings

Carlco v Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police [2002] EWCA Civ 1754, Court of Appeal: whether judge had been entitled to strike out claim for non-compliance with a disclosure order

 

Janet Leach v Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary [1999] 1 WLR 1421, Court of Appeal: whether a duty of care was owed by the police to an appropriate adult in a notorious multiple murder investigation

 

Mark Anthony Sacco v Chief Constable of South Wales Constabulary and others [1998] EWCA Civ 843, Court of Appeal: extent of the duty of care owed in the transportation of detained persons