Our rising star is shortlisted for a prestigious award
Maxwell Gillott (a trading style of Simpson Millar) is delighted to announce that one of its most tenacious and dedicated lawyers has been shortlisted in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards for his work as a Social and Welfare lawyer.
Oliver Studdert is a true champion of the legal rights of young people and he has featured prominently in cutting-edge litigation. Many of his clients are under the age of 18 and have a range of issues, from facing homelessness to family breakdown to lack of support when emerging from the care or custody systems.
Oliver was the solicitor in a landmark case, G v Southwark  1 WLR 1299
which centred on a 17 year old evicted by his mother. The legal issue was whether or not Social Services should provide support and housing or refer him to the Local Authority's housing department. A long, hard fight saw the case brought to the Lords, where it was agreed unanimously that the duty to accommodate fell on Social Services. As a result, both Social Services and housing departments across England and Wales have had to change the way in which they deal with young people under the age of 18.
Oliver also acted in a troubling case of a young person who had witnessed a gang-related murder and been the victim of attempted murder himself. This placed the client in extreme danger yet Oliver worked long and hard not just to assist the young man in safely giving evidence against his the attackers at trial but to ensure his client's safe and secure care arrangements.
Oliver also works with many charities and organisations to ensure that what is one of the most vulnerable client groups is protected by people who are aware of young people's rights as a result of the case decision.
Oliver's approach is a holistic one - he is not just a leading lawyer in his field but also dedicates time to helping with related education issues. Oliver has successfully appealed a number of exclusions and has wide experience in and a genuine commitment to ensuring that children with disabilities and Special Educational Needs receive the educational provision they are entitled to. He also represents many more young people who have been denied their right to an education and has gained great success in getting these clients back into schools and colleges.
Oliver is tireless in his approach to his work and in gaining the very best outcomes for his clients.
The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 26 May with the judges chaired by Cherie Booth QC. We wish Oliver the very best of luck with his well-deserved nomination and are privileged to have him as a member of the Maxwell Gillott team.