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Oliver Sanders QC

Call:  1995 
QC: 2017


Oliver Sanders has a wide experience in: public law & human rights; national security law; breach of confidence & misuse of private information; data protection & freedom of information; contempt of court; public authority tort & HRA damages claims; the Equality Act 2010; inquests & inquiries.

He is a member of ALBA, HRLA, the Bar Pro Bono Scheme & the Inner Temple Advocacy Training Programme & gives regular lectures to, e.g. government depts, the Justice / Sweet & Maxwell FOI Conference & the ALBA Summer Conference.


1994-1995: St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, Bachelor of Civil Law, BCL

1993-1994: Council of Legal Education, Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Finals Vocational Course

1990-1993: Queen Mary College, University of London, Bachelor of Laws, LLB (First Class Honours)


"Candour & Disclosure in Claims for Judicial Review: An Outline" [2008] JR 244

"Disclosure of Documents in Claims for Judicial Review" [2006] JR 194  

Ch. on national security & defence plus four other sections in Coppel "Information Rights" (2004, 2007, 2010 & 2014)


2017:  Queen's Counsel

2012:  Attorney General’s A Panel

2009:  Attorney General’s FOI Sub-Panel

2005:  Attorney General’s B Panel

Significant cases include the following

Public Law, Human Rights & National Security

Data Protection & Information Law 

Inquests & Inquiries

  • Undercover Policing Inquiry
  • Re Stuart Fuller: contaminated blood products
  • Inquiry into Adebolajo torture claims, M15 / M16 & counter-terrorism overseas (HC 458)
  • Re LCpl James Brynin: friendly fire
  • Re Eystna Blunnie: domestic homicide
  • Re Pte Lomas: white water rafting
  • Re Jimmy Mubenga: deportation restraint
  • Re Michael Harland: RAF Tornado ejection seat malfunction
  • Re Cpl Bryant, L/Cpl Larkin, Cpl Reeve & Pte Stout: Snatch Land Rover IED
  • Re AB Johnstone: Navy diving accident
  • Re Godfrey Moyo: prison restraint
  • Re Flt Lt Sale, Sgt Burfoot & Pte Tait: RAF helicopter crash
  • Re Lt Cole, Lt Dunn, Lt Mitchell & LAEM Darnell: Navy helicopter crash
  • Re Capt Wright: SAS parachute accident

Other information

VAT Registration No:  835 2253 40


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020 7797 7500

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Oliver Sanders QC successful in Court of Appeal case about FOIA and restraint of children
Oliver Sanders QC and Amelia Walker win double success for Home Office in extremism JR
Oliver Sanders QC in Supreme Court equality case about probation hostels for women
Oliver Sanders QC in Court of Appeal case about damages for judicial mistakes