Team of the Year – Litigation Citywealth IFC Awards 2022
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  • Background & experience

    Oliver's practice includes all aspects of contentious trusts matters, shareholder disputes, fraud and asset tracing, insolvency, banking and regulatory matters.

    Oliver has considerable contentious trusts expertise, having worked on some of the most complex and high value contentious trust matters on which Ogier has been instructed. Oliver is also regularly instructed in relation to non-contentious trust applications such as mistake, Hasting-Bass, rectification and variation. He is a recognised thought leader in the area, regularly speaking and writing on contentious trusts for journals such as Trusts and Trustees. He sits on the steering committee for STEP's contentious trusts and estates special interest group.

    Oliver also has considerable experience in corporate disputes and non-contentious company applications including: acting for shareholders in unfair prejudice proceedings, joint venture disputes, advising on procedure at contentious general meetings, advising directors in relation to allegations of breach of duty, and acting for companies in relation to members' schemes of arrangement.

    Oliver also regularly advises directors on their duties in insolvency and also in relation to claims by liquidators, as well as acting for overseas liquidators in relation to applying to the Jersey court for recognition.

    Oliver joined Ogier in 2008 from Simpson Grierson, one of the largest commercial law firms in New Zealand. Oliver was admitted as a Jersey Advocate in 2012, having previously qualified and practiced as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2006, and as a barrister in England between 2002 and 2005.

    Oliver is a member of the Jersey Law Society, and an overseas member of the Chancery Bar Association of England and Wales.

    Admitted in:
    2012 - Jersey
    2006 - New Zealand (not practising)
    2002 - England & Wales (not practising)


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  • Recognition

    Team of the Year – Litigation Citywealth IFC Awards 2022
    Has impressed with his ability to filter through complex facts to identify the critical issues and provide cogent advice. Good to work with as part of a cross jurisdictional team and a well prepared and persistent advocate. Legal 500 UK, 2021
    Oliver Passmore has a first rate mind and great experience in contentious trust matters. His advice is always timely, well-considered, technically strong and shows incredible attention to detail Citywealth Leaders List 2019
    Oliver was a really safe pair of hands, unflappable and handled the matter very well indeed. Client feedback
    Oliver is an excellent lawyer. Bright, hard-working and an ability to identify the issues and communicate with professional and lay clients alike Citywealth Leaders List 2018
    Oliver is an excellent lawyer; bright, hard-working and an ability to identify the issues and communicate with professional and lay clients alike. Citywealth Leaders List 2017
    I thought that he was very thorough; and I thought the quality of his work was very good Client feedback