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Jose Olivares-Chandler

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Jose Olivares-Chandler defends and prosecutes in criminal cases involving the most serious allegations including offences of violence, sexual offences (including rape/sex trafficking), firearms offences, drugs offences, fraud and confiscation proceedings. He is an expert trial advocate who instantly gains the trust of his clients, especially in sensitive cases. He is particularly well regarded by both defence firms and the CPS for his representation in complex and high-profile sexual offence trials. He is especially effective at legal argument and, when defending, often ensures that his cases are disposed of prior to trial. He is known for his tactical acumen and his persuasive jury speeches which have his audience eating out of his hands. He has been described by solicitors as “an incredibly intellectually gifted barrister, who goes above and beyond on a regular basis" and "well-prepared and skilful in his advocacy". He is duty accredited and a Grade 3 prosecutor on the Advocate Rape Panel. Recent cases include a multi-handed modern slavery trial, a non-recent multiple rape trial involving the mother and step-father of the 2 complainants and a multi-handed human trafficking trial (where the Crown offered no evidence on the first day of trial following a s8 CPIA application). ​