Jose Olivares-Chandler

Year of Call: 2000

"An incredibly intellectually gifted barrister, who goes above and beyond on a regular basis" and "Well-prepared and skilful in his advocacy."

The Legal 500 2016 and 2017

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Overview

Jose is ranked in the Legal 500 (2016 & 2017 editions) as a band 3 leading individual in crime at the London Bar:

"an incredibly intellectually gifted barrister, who goes above and beyond on a regular basis" 

"well-prepared and skilful in his advocacy."

The Legal 500 2016 & 2017.

He defends and prosecutes in criminal cases involving the most serious allegations including offences of violence, sexual offences (including rapes and sex trafficking), firearms offences, drugs offences, fraud and confiscation proceedings. 

Jose is Duty accredited and a Grade 3 prosecutor on the Advocate Rape Panel. He is an expert trial advocate who goes the extra mile for his clients. He is particularly well regarded by both defence firms and the CPS for his representation in serious and high-profile sexual offence trials.

Additional information

Professional Panel Appoinments:

  • Grade 3 CPS prosecutor.
  • Appointed to the CPS specialist Rape Panel of advocates.
  • Duty accredited barrister.

Articles, Lectures and Media work:

  • Advisor to Dragonfly TV productions (‘One born every minute’, ‘The Job Centre’, ‘The Hotel’) on a documentary series about members of the public sitting on a mock murder trial.
  • Advisor to CBBC on the second series of ‘All Over the Workplace’ (which takes children aged 8-13 from around the UK and gives them the opportunity to try out their dream jobs) in relation to criminal courts.
  • 3 articles for Lexis Nexis on R v Twist (Hearsay), R v Guthrie (jury tampering) and the CPR 2011.
  • Main speaker at the Legal Aid Conference 2006 at the Law Society on Evidence of Bad Character and Hearsay.

"My firm regularly instructs Jose on all types of serious cases. The quality of his work is exceptional. Jose responds very promptly to the emails that I send him. In fact, I have not seen anybody respond so quickly! He is the hardest working barrister I have had the pleasure to work with. The quality of his work is without question. All the feedback I have received regarding Jose has been nothing but positive. I would highly recommend him to anybody seeking a barrister to instruct as regards a criminal matter."


Sheraz Chowdhry, Asghar & Co Solicitors, Partner & Crime Supervisor.

 

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association.

Asset Recovery, Civil Fraud & Confiscation

Jose accepts instructions in relation to Proceeds of Crime (POCA) work, which often follow in his financial crime cases.

Business Crime

Jose is instructed in numerous financial crime cases, including large-scale frauds for the prosecution and defence.  See his cases of note section for more details.

Crime

Jose is instructed in the most serious of criminal cases and is recognised as a leading individual at the Criminal Bar (London) by the Legal 500.

"I have instructed Jose Olivares-Chandler in the most serious of cases, including solicitation for murder, and have no hesitation in recommending him to other solicitors who require a proven jury advocate who is equally adept at legal argument. I have also been impressed by his ability to gain the trust of clients, especially those with mental health difficulties, and he has often been chosen by my clients to represent them in lieu of other counsel."


Mr Emmanuel, Senior Partner, Emmanuel & Co Solicitors.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Jose accepts Professional Discipline and Regulatory work and instructions.

Cases of Note

Criminal Defence:

Modern Slavery:

R v O & another (2017) Kingston Crown Court

Represented a defendant in a multi-count, multi-handed Modern Slavery Act trial where it was alleged that the defendants trafficked Romanian males into the UK in order to force them into slavery.

Sex Trafficking:

R v A (2016) Isleworth Crown Court

Leading junior who represented a defendant in a 5-week trial who was accused of trafficking 40 Nigerian girls for prostitution who were put through black magic “Juju” rituals before being brought into the UK. links to press coverage: [copy and paste to your browser to see articles] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3722019/Female-people-smuggler-known-Auntie-Franca-used-threat-witchcraft-force-dozens-teenage-orphans-prostitution-slavery.html http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-used-witchcraft-violence-traffick-8554503 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1548135/female-people-smuggler-who-used-threat-of-witchcraft-to-force-kids-into-sex-trade-to-bo-caged/

R v E & another (2015) Harrow Crown Court

Represented one of the defendants in 4 week multi-defendant trial involving an allegation of trafficking 3 Nigerian girls for prostitution who were put through black magic “Juju” rituals before being brought into the UK: Acquitted on all 17 counts.

Sexual child abuse and other serious sexual offences:

R v H & others (2017) Harrow Crown Court

Defended in a 3-handed, multi-count historical sexual child abuse trial where the defendant was accused of raping a 12-year-old: Found guilty on just one of the counts

R v H (2017) Wood Green Crown Court

Defended in a trial where the defendant was the face of the “Dreamboys” and was accused of digitally penetrating 2 female complainants during private dances: Acquitted on all counts. Links to press coverage: [copy and paste to your browser to see articles] https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3757696/dreamboys-dancer-groped-a-bride-to-be-and-molested-her-pal-during-strip-club-hen-do/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4587852/Dreamboys-dancer-groped-bride-friend.html http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dreamboys-dancer-accused-groping-women-10610630 ​

R v K & another (2016) Woolwich Crown Court

Defended in a multi-handed, multi-count trial representing a youth who was accused of being involved in the gang-rape of a fellow 16 year old: acquitted.

R v G (2016) Colchester Military Court

Defended a Gurkha in a court-martial trial where he was accused of raping a female officer: acquitted.

R v S (2016) Snaresbrook Crown Court

Defended in a historical sexual abuse trial where the defendant was accused of molesting his younger female cousin when they were both children: acquitted at retrial.

R v A (2016) Isleworth Crown Court

Represented the defendant on a 10-count indictment alleging stranger rape where he subjected the complainant 2-hour ordeal in a park. link to press coverage: [copy and paste to your browser to see articles] http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/guilty-depraved-man-faces-jail-after-twohour-sex-attack-in-west-london-park-a3339496.html

Fraud:

Murder & associated offences:

R v N (2014) Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant who was accused of trying to pay a hitman to kill his estranged wife who was acquitted on both counts.

Criminal prosecution:

Child Sex offences:

R v L (2015) The Old Bailey

Prosecuted a high-profile trial which attracted widespread press attention where a 46-year-old woman was alleged to have groomed and had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy in foster care. links to some of the press coverage: [copy and paste to your browser to see articles] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3353005/Woman-46-says-thought-14-year-old-sex-17.html http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/6797079/Woman-46-had-sex-with-boy-14-because-she-thought-he-was-17-court-hears.html