Meet the Team – Oliver Kirk
Camilla has specialised in criminal defence work since 2010 and has particular experience in cases involving sexual offences, serious violent offences (including murder) and money laundering and fraud.
Meet the Team - Oliver Kirk
This is the seventeenth in a series of posts designed to provide you with some information about the team at Old Bailey Solicitors, what they do and why they do it!
Today its the turn of Kent’s finest advocate, he’s not just OK, he’s Oliver Kirk
What is your job title?
Consultant Solicitor Advocate
How long have you been with Old Bailey Solicitors?
Since December 2013
What did you do before joining Old Bailey Solicitors?
I qualified as a solicitor in 1996, having studied law and French in Manchester and Lille. Since qualifying, I have worked exclusively in criminal defence, defending allegations of murder, manslaughter, rape, large scale drug smuggling, people trafficking and offences prosecuted by Revenue and Customs.
What made you decide to work for a firm of criminal defence specialists?
I had an inspirational training solicitor and having seen him work, I wanted to follow his example of hard work and dedication to clients.
Describe your typical day at work
There is no such thing as a typical day, which is what makes the job so endlessly interesting. I might be in a the Crown Court in the morning, the Magistrates‘ in the afternoon and a police station in the evening!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy meeting clients, understanding their case and helping them decide how to resolve it and then working to try to achieve the best result for them.
What do you find most challenging?
The challenges that the work presents are many and varied but he greatest challenges are presented by the most serious and complex cases.
If you could implement one single change to the criminal justice system, what would it be?
I would remove many of the less serious offences from the criminal courts altogether to allow resources to be focused on the proper prosecution and defence of serious offences.