Oliver Studdert -
Partner, Education and Community Care
T: 0208 545 8178
F: 0208 545 8179
Based in: Wimbledon
Education Law, Community Care and Court of Protection
Oliver started his career at John Ford Solicitors before moving to Fisher Meredith. He joined Maxwell Gillott (trading style of Simpson Millar) in 2010. Oliver’s work focuses largely on representing vulnerable members of society, predominantly children.
In 2009 he was the solicitor in the case of R (G) v Southwark  UKHL 26, where he represented the Claimant through the courts to the House of Lords in a case which clarified social services’ duties to look after children. The House of Lords unanimously held that where a 16 or 17 year old is homeless, social services and not the housing department have a duty to provide them with accommodation. This resulted in local authorities around the country having to change the way in which they supported young people.
Children's Rights Alliance England
Quoted in Chambers and Partners UK 2017 as follows: Head of department Oliver Studdert receives praise for his "knowledge, perseverance and commitment to clients." He represents children, young adults and other vulnerable claimants in a range of public law cases, including challenges to community care decisions.
Oliver Studdert "goes the extra mile," offering "sound, sensible advice," and being known to "provide young people with a route through the legal minefield," according to market commentators. He gives training on children's rights, dealing with community care and mental capacity cases in court.
The "exceptional" Oliver Studdert is praised by sources for his "very sound instinct through all the twists and turns of this work." He is noted for his experience handling cases on behalf of individuals lacking capacity, particularly children.
Oliver is also recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016 edition. Oliver Studdert is "a brilliant lawyer who deals with the details without losing sight of the bigger picture... he keeps on top of the most challenging cases."
He was also recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 edition where they said that he was: "sensible, thorough and hardworking" and "regularly represents children in a range of cases including extradition proceedings, criminal proceedings and judicial reviews." For his work in public law he was: "incredibly knowledgeable" and "fights his client’s corner." In the past Oliver represented a young child, as an interested party, in his father’s judicial review against the decision by social services to place him on the child protection register.
When not injured, Oliver plays football for a Saturday side. He is a long-suffering supporter of Brentford FC. He also enjoys golf and skiing.