Oliver Clifton

Oliver Clifton


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Oliver joined Walkers in 2006 and is a partner in the firm's Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group.

Oliver acts in disputes involving ultra-high-value assets, fraud disputes, and litigation arising out of Russia, the CIS and Africa. He specialises in "Oligarch" litigation often involving urgent injunction and disclosure applications. Oliver has extensive experience in obtaining orders in support of foreign Court and arbitration proceedings.

Oliver is an experienced advocate and appears in the BVI Commercial Court, before the ECSC Court of Appeal, and the Privy Council.

Oliver was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2003, and was a tenant of 13 King's Bench Walk, the chambers of Roger Ellis QC. As a barrister his practice focused on commercial and property litigation.

Admitted In:
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales (not practising)

BA (Hons), University of Oxford
MA, University of York
Postgraduate Diploma in Law
Bar Vocational Course

2020 Who's Who Legal - Investigations

2020 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner (Dispute Resolution) - "Sources acknolwdge him as 'one of the best litigators in the BVI" and "a really experienced and highly sophisticated lawyer who is respected by his clients, his opponents and the courts."

2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution

2019 Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders - GIR

2019 Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Asset Recovery

2019 Who's Who Legal - Litigation 

2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner (Dispute Resolution) -"Oliver is a "very good technical lawyer who knows the offshore jurisdictions very well." One client said of him that "first and foremost he's an excellent lawyer, but he's also a great tactician." 

2019 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Trusts & Private Client

2019 Legal 500 - Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution 

"Oliver Clifton is 'a great strategic thinker' "

2018 Who's Who Legal - Litigation, Investigations, and Asset Tracing

2018 Legal 500 - (Dispute Resolution) 'a great strategic thinker'

2018 Legal 500 - Private Client 'very experienced and not afraid to argue difficult points in court'

2018 Who's Who Legal - Litigation

2018 Chambers Global Guide - (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner. "He is an excellent lawyer and a very sure hand on the tiller for substantial cross-border litigation. He's unflappable, realistic and has a dry sense of humour - clients rightly have every confidence in him."

2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Dispute Resolution

2018 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - Trusts & Private Client

2017 Who's Who Legal - Litigation

2017 Who's Who Legal - Asset Recovery

2017 Chambers Global Guide – (Dispute Resolution) A Notable Practitioner. "Clients regard Oliver Clifton as 'an outstanding operator who is knowledgeable on the minutiae of BVI law and dedicated to his clients'. Sources also note his extensive experience in disputes involving parent companies based in Russia and the CIS, noting that he has 'a very good commercial head on his shoulders'."

2017 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Dispute Resolution) - "Oliver Clifton is ‘an experienced operator and takes a hands-on approach to resolving legal and practical issues’."

2016 Who's Who Legal - Asset Recovery

2016 - International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers

2016 - Chambers Global Guide (Dispute Resolution), A Notable Practitioner. "Peers regard Oliver Clifton as 'an impressive individual'."

2016 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Dispute Resolution)

2015 Who's Who Legal - Litigation

2015 - Legal 500, Walkers promoted Oliver Clifton to partner......Clifton has 'quickly gained substantial knowledge and experience'.

2014 - Chambers Global, "Absolutely excellent, exceptionally intelligent and exceptionally capable."

2014 - Legal 500, "Oliver Clifton ‘has an ability to predict how the local Commercial Court judge will take to different arguments’."

Oliver was an Exhibitioner at Brasenose College, Oxford, and was awarded scholarships by the University of York and Inner Temple.​

Oliver is a member of COMBAR (North America) and an honorary member of the Chancery Bar Association. Oliver is also a member of the BVI Bar Association. ​