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Oliver Elgie

Senior Associate

Oliver specialises in commercial litigation and Business and Human Rights.



Oliver advises multinational corporations on English law and business and human rights issues.

His broad commercial disputes practice covers strategic advice, litigation, arbitration and mediation on complex cross-border matters. He has a particular focus on finance, insolvency, energy and mining disputes, including class actions.

Oliver also specialises in business and human rights, advising clients on the UN Guiding Principles, human rights policies, the UK Modern Slavery Act, operation-level grievance mechanisms and supply chain issues.

Oliver is a key member of the firm's market-leading (Chambers Band 1, 2017 & 2018) Business and Human Rights practice, working in collaboration with members of the global team, including in New York, Paris, Hong Kong, SE Asia and Australia.

Oliver's recent experience includes advising:

  • an international energy company in response to allegations by an African community of breaches of human rights and environmental damage, including advice in relation the operational-level grievance mechanism
  • various clients in relation to their obligations under the UK Modern Slavery Act, their relevant policies, practices and practical steps in response
  • a multi-national client in connection with a complaint before the UK National Contact Point with respect to  alleged human rights issues in an associated company's overseas operations
  • RBS and its former directors in their defence of a prospectus liability claim by large groups of investors in connection with a £12 billion rights issue in April 2008
  • Nortel Networks UK (in administration) and 18 other European Nortel companies on the global insolvency and sale of the Nortel Group, with bespoke proceedings in the US/Canada



Oliver holds an MA in law from Cambridge University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management from the Open University. Oliver trained at Herbert Smith Freehills and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2009.