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Oscar Davies

Oscar undertakes a broad range of civil work, including commercial, employment, property and personal injury.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Oscar worked in Luxembourg at the European Court of Justice as a trainee/stagiaire to Judge Christopher Vajda, with the assistance of the Sir Joseph Priestley Award from Inner Temple.

Further information

Scholarships and Prizes

  • Sir Joseph Priestley Award (2018), Inner Temple
  • Daniel Lett Scholarship, awarded in 2016 and 2017 for GDL and BPTC years, Christ’s Hospital
  • John Taylor Book Prize (2014), King’s College London

Qualifications

  • BPTC LLM (Very Competent) – City, University of London
  • GDL (Commendation) – City, University of London
  • French and History BA (First Class Honours with Distinction in spoken French) – King’s College London, with an exchange in Paris at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and in Quebec at the Université Laval.

Languages

  • French (fluent)

Pro Bono

Oscar provides advice and representation pro bono via Advocate, the Bar’s national charity that helps members of public find free legal help from barristers.

Oscar is committed to enabling social mobility at the Bar.  They are a mentor at Bridging the Bar, an organisation which helps those from under-represented backgrounds gain access the Bar. Oscar is also involved in FreeBar, an organisation which aims to promote diversity and inclusivity of LGBT+ members and staff at the Bar.

Direct Access

Oscar is authorised to accept instructions directly from lay clients, under the Bar Council’s direct public access scheme.

Oscar’s commercial practice includes small claims track trials, credit hire, Stage 3 disposals and various interim applications. Oscar is happy to advise on contractual claims, misrepresentation, guarantees, supply of goods and services, finance and credit transactions, company and partnership disputes.

Oscar has also been led as a junior in the Commercial Court in the group action of Barclay-Watt & Ors v Alpha Panareti Public Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 1327 (Comm). 

 

Oscar has experience of providing advice on inheritance disputes, in particular cross border succession cases involving conflict of laws. Oscar has also drafted pleadings for Inheritance Act cases.

Further, Oscar has undertaken Court of Protection work, including advising on the suitability of a trust for the investment of damages of over £200,000 awarded to a minor, advising on trust corporations and deputyship and preparing position statements and Scott Schedules.

Oscar provides advice, written or oral, on all aspects of employment law, including unfair dismissal, victimisation and different types of discrimination. They have advised employers and employees on a number of matters arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oscar has experience in the employment tribunal in both preliminary hearings and trials, and recently represented a claimant concerning whether his political belief could be considered a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 (Thomas v Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Ors ET 2304056/2018).

Oscar also has experience in pensions work. During pupillage, Oscar assisted in the Safeway Ltd v Newton [2018] appeal, following its reference to the ECJ on the retrospective levelling down and equalisation of pension benefits. They have worked on a case involving the Pension Protection Fund and its operation vis-à-vis EU law.

Oscar has drafted applications to the European Court of Human Rights, judicial reviews and is familiar with the need to invoke Convention rights in pleadings, both domestic and those with an international element.

Oscar has particular expertise in public/civil areas of law concerning trans and non-binary people, as shown in their page which creates accessible resources on trans and non-binary law

Oscar wrote an article for the Lamb website discussing the recent case of Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover Limited (2020) which first established non-binary as protected under the Equality Act 2010.

Oscar often deals with matters that contain an international element. Before coming to the Bar, Oscar was a trainee / stagiaire to Judge Christopher Vajda at the ECJ (Luxembourg), working on complex cases involving public procurement, the right to be forgotten and the presumption of innocence.

Oscar was recently instructed as second junior in a group action brought by some 280 claimants for negligent misrepresentation/negligent misstatement (UK residents buying holiday homes in an EU country), which included preparation for and participating in a 6 week trial in the Commercial Court.

Oscar has drafted freezing injunctions, an application to set aside English bankruptcy proceedings pending international proceedings, and an application for recognition of an international judgment.

Oscar has been exposed to and assisted on a range of cases involving international organisations law, having provided research with regards to Multilateral Development Bank Sanctions Procedures, the Caribbean Development Bank and other international organisations. Oscar is familiar with the EU Blocking Regulation on sanctions.

Oscar also assisted a QC to advise on a multi-million dollar claim brought under the tort of deceit. This involved complex issues of jurisdiction and serving the defendant outside of England and Wales using the various jurisdictional gateways.

Oscar is familiar with the winding up court, having previously acted pro bono at the winding up court as part of the COIN scheme, and is happy to accept instructions on winding up petitions and other areas of company law.

Oscar regularly provides advice on the directors’ duties and the mechanisms contained within the Company Act 2006.

Oscar has a background in intellectual property, media and entertainment, having previously trained at a boutique media law firm, where they worked on matters including the Hewson v Times Newspapers [2019] litigation. They are familiar with trademarks and copyright, and is happy to advise on cases involving defamation, privacy, data protection, harassment and injunctive relief.

Oscar has received a firm grounding in personal injury law, and is happy to accept instructions in all PI matters, including RTAs, credit hire cases, infant approval hearings and quantum advices.

During pupillage they were exposed to a number of historic sex abuse cases, most notably assisting a QC on a case against the Jehovah’s Witnesses (BXB v Watch Tower & Jehovah’s Witnesses [2020]).

Oscar is also familiar with clinical negligence work, having assisted drafting pleadings and advice in clinical negligence claims and catastrophic injury cases.

See Oscar’s article on the standard of proof in inquests regarding the Supreme Court case of R (on the application of Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46

Oscar’s commercial and residential property practice includes possession, gas injunctions, disrepair and dilapidations, breach of covenant/forfeiture, and management and service disputes.  They represent private landlords, defendants, housing associations, local authorities and claimants.

Oscar is also familiar with preparing submissions for the First-Tier Tribunal (property chambers).  

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