Louise Oakley’s down to earth manner makes her an effective advocate and popular with both lay and professional clients who repeatedly instruct her.
Louise is described by instructing solicitors and counsel who have led her as “meticulous”, “extremely thorough”, “incredibly hardworking” and “highly knowledgeable”. Louise is qualified to accept instructions on a public access basis and is registered with the Bar Council’s Public Access Directory.
Louise is frequently instructed in cases involving homicide and has a wealth of experience in this area in particular, including the ground breaking 'double jeopardy' prosecution of Michael Weir in 2019 and has acted in numerous trials of murder and manslaughter at the Central Criminal Court.
Allied to this Louise is instructed in cases involving serious violent and sexual offending. She is regularly instructed in cases involving historic allegations, abuse in children’s homes and cases involving extensive third party material. Louise has a particular proficiency with both vulnerable witnesses and defendants, including those who are mentally disordered. Her cases often involve complex medical evidence involving the trauma associated with physical and sexual violence.
Louise was admitted to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2014 for the specific purpose of representing a former member of the Turks and Caicos Government who is facing allegations of Bribery and Corruption. The allegations came about in the wake of Sir Robin Auld’s inquiry into possible misconduct at the highest level of government in the Islands prior to the suspension of the constitution in 2009 by the British Government.
"Louise is an exceptional lawyer in terms of her knowledge of the law and her ability to draft a legal argument and deliver it orally." Chambers UK 2024
"She is meticulously prepared and her witness handling skills are just absolutely first class." Chambers UK 2024
"A real star on the prosecution side, whose capacity for work is incredible. She's incredibly straight talking and her judgement is impeccable." Chambers UK 2024
‘Louise is exceptional. She is hard working, intelligent, articulate and utterly charming. She is universally respected and liked. She is destined for the very top.' Legal 500 2024
"A great cross-examiner who is always all over the facts in a case." Chambers UK 2023
Louise is calm under pressure, collected in the face of hostile opponents, and completely in command of her brief. A real star.' Legal 500 2023
'She is Just Fantastic' Chambers UK 2020