Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Local Government - London (Bar)
Peter Oldham QC is a renowned advocate in the field of public law who brings the full weight of many years' experience to bear when undertaking cases. He regularly handles complex education, procurement and state aid matters. He acts in judicial review challenges, and boasts expertise in governance and standards. He is experienced in the handling of restitution claims stemming from ultra vires activity.
Strengths: "He has been involved in some important cases in this area."
Recent work: Advised Stratford-on-Avon District Council on proposed judicial review proceedings against the government's designation of it as a Tier 3 authority.
Education - London (Bar)
Peter Oldham QC acts in all manner of education disputes concerning schools, universities and other education authorities, including those relating to discrimination, admissions and exclusions, governance and special needs. He has extensive expertise in reorganisation matters.
Strengths: "Very, very knowledgeable." "Provides excellent, technical advice."
Recent work: Acted for the school in SFF v Christ the King College. The case centred around whether a hire purchase contract used to acquire a building for the school was lawful given it was completed without the Secretary of State's permission.
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Peter is a we l-known practitioner advising and litigating in public, local government, education, employment, procurement and state aid law. He regularly advises and appears in the cutting edge cases in his fields, for example MI v Waltham Forest (lawfulness of SEN cuts, July 2020, judgment awaited), SFM v Christ the King College (bar on maintained school borrowing as a defence to a private law claim, May 2020), KD v Leicestershire CC (school transport, disability and human rights, Court of Appeal, April 2020), LF v Bucks CC (reorganisation of children’s centres, July 2019), Various Fire Authorities v Home Secretary (police and crime commissioners, July 2019), Nat Union of Professional Foster Carers v Certification Officer (foster carers, union recognition and human rights, EAT, July 2019), Jones v Swansea CC (teachers’ SEN
allowances, May 2019), Wycombe DC v SoS (unitary LA reorganisation, Mar 2019), RB v Neath Port Talbot CBC (school closure and We l-
Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, March 2019), RD v Worcestershire CC (reorganisation of early years provision, Feb 2019), Addison Lee v Gascoigne (gig economy, Mar 2019).