Jose Olivares-Chandler defends and prosecutes in criminal cases involving the most serious allegations including sexual offences (including rape/sex trafficking), fraud, offences of violence, firearms offences, drugs offences and confiscation proceedings.
He is particularly well regarded by defence firms for his representation in complex and high-profile sexual offence trials, most of which are privately paid. He is an expert trial advocate who instantly gains the trust of his clients, especially in sensitive cases. 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. He is described by solicitors as “an incredibly intellectually gifted barrister, who goes above and beyond on a regular basis", "well-prepared and skilful in his advocacy" and “an exceptional advocate who achieves fantastic results”. He is duty accredited and a Grade 3 prosecutor on the 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).