Oliver Middleton

  • Partner
  • Eoliver.middleton@lw.com
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.4780
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Profile

Oliver Middleton acts for clients in all manner of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on complex, high-profile commercial litigation including financial, corporate, and shareholder claims. He draws on successful experience with some of the most significant class actions in the UK.

Mr. Middleton has experience across a wide range of commercial litigation matters and regulatory investigations, including:

  • Financial litigation
  • Complex contractual claims
  • Shareholder actions (including s.90/s.90A FSMA and unfair prejudice claims)
  • Trust litigation
  • Economic tort claims
  • Insurance disputes
  • Data privacy
  • Breaches of confidence
  • Defamation claims
  • Intellectual property litigation

He represents clients in the banking and financial services, insurance, private equity, media, and technology industries.

Mr. Middleton is uniquely positioned to understand significant claims from both claimant and defendant perspectives, as he was previously at a well-known claimant litigation firm. He leverages a sophisticated understanding of claimants’ goals, tactics, and issues — such as book building, working with litigation funders, shareholder class action trends, and settlement strategies. In particular, he draws on insights from his work acting in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, one of the largest cases before the English Courts and the seminal s.90 FSMA case.

Accolades
  • Featured in the Hot 100 list
    The Lawyer Magazine 2021

  • Shortlisted in the “Litigation Rising Star” category at the British Legal Awards 2020

  • Named a recommended litigator within the Commercial Litigation category
    Legal 500 2018

Experience

Mr. Middleton’s experience includes advising:

  • Barclays in claims brought by more than 190 investors in the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal, regarding allegations of conspiring to manipulate the foreign exchange market
  • Facebook and numerous other technology clients on data privacy investigations
  • Koza Ltd in a complex global dispute between the Ipek family and the Republic of Turkey, following the expropriation of all of the families’ assets including a multi-billion dollar corporate enterprise
  • An international central bank in investigations regarding that country’s most prominent banking institution
  • One Equity Partners, Platinum Equity, and numerous other private equity clients and portfolio companies on contractual claims arising post-completion — with a particular focus on SPA warranty claims
  • Legal & General, Standard Life, The Prudential, Aviva, and USS in their claims against RBS arising out of a 2008 £12 billion rights issue, resulting in the seminal s.90 FSMA case — one of the largest claims ever to go before the English Courts — that set precedent for dealing with the liability of issuers of securities*
  • Rothschild and an international conglomerate regarding matters in Africa, the Middle East, London and related proceedings in Guernsey, involving Beddoes applications and advice as to duties and role of trustees*
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) in relation to hundreds of claims against infringements of its intellectual property in the UK*
  • A representative noteholder in respect of the Gemini (Eclipse 2006-3) CMBS in relation to an important point of construction in the securities transaction documents*
  • News International in relation to civil claims brought against the News of the World regarding the voicemail interception scandal*
  • Titanium Resources Group on a multi-million pound insurance claim against its insurers regarding a mining accident*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • High Court Strikes Out “Largest White Elephant in the History of Group Actions” -  December 02, 2020
  • UK Supreme Court Narrows Scope of “Reflective Loss” Principle -  July 21, 2020
  • FCA to Apply for Court Declaration on Business Interruption Insurance Policies -  May 01, 2020
  • UK Court of Appeal Confirms Rigidity of Part 36 Convention -  June 28, 2018
  • A Significant Win for ISPs: UK Supreme Court Rules on Blocking Order Compliance Costs -  June 26, 2018
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
Education
  • LPC, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2007
  • MA (Oxon) in Jurisprudence, Worcester College, Oxford, 2005
Industries
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Technology
  • Financial Institutions
  • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure
Practices
  • Communications Law
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Connectivity, Privacy & Information
  • Insurance Counseling & Recovery
  • International Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Securities Litigation & Professional Liability
  • Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions