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Celia Oldham

"The obvious choice of one to watch for product liability."

Legal 500 2021


Celia Oldham has gained advisory and litigation experience in a broad range of Chambers’ work, including commercial litigation, property, personal injury, consumer credit, and product liability. She also has experience of insurance law, group actions, public and EU law, and health and safety matters. Celia has been instructed both on her own account and as a junior.

Celia graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, with a Double First in History. She was awarded a distinction on the GDL and an outstanding on the BPTC, and joined Chambers in 2017.



Commercial & Insurance

Celia is developing a varied practice in commercial litigation. She has advised and regularly represents parties in a range of contractual and commercial disputes. Commercial claims in which she has appeared include disputes over breach of contract, misrepresentation, incorporation of terms, and consumer credit law issues.

As a pupil, Celia assisted with a wide range of commercial matters. In particular, Celia has significant experience of insurance work, including notification and coverage disputes, double insurance disputes, claims against insurers and brokers, misrepresentation disputes, and non-disclosure disputes.

Celia has also gained particular experience of professional liability disputes, including solicitors’, barristers’, accountants’, valuers’, insurance brokers’ and claims handlers’ negligence claims.


Celia is regularly instructed in property disputes. She has represented various housing associations, and has also represented private clients in mortgage possession hearings. She has experience in claims involving both regulated and unregulated agreements. As a pupil, Celia assisted leading counsel with a range of different property matters, drafting pleadings and preparing advices.

Personal Injury

Celia is frequently instructed in personal injury claims, and has appeared in small claims, fast track, and multi-track trials. She has experience of representing insurers and claimants, and has been instructed both on her own account and as a junior.

As a pupil, Celia gained experience of a range of different personal injury matters, including road traffic accidents, fatal accidents, claims under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934, dependency awards, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, and product liability disputes.

Product Liability & Group Actions

Celia has experience of a broad range of product liability matters, having assisted leading counsel with a number of medical and non-medical product liability claims.

She has also been instructed in her own right in product liability matters, including a personal injury claim arising out of a defective household appliance.

Celia has experience of group litigation across Chambers’ practice areas, including product liability, negligence, breach of contract, environmental law, and consumer protection.

Health & Safety

Celia has experience of a range of health and safety matters. As a pupil, she was involved in director disqualification proceedings arising out of two health and safety convictions. Celia has also been instructed to attend Crown Court hearings in relation to health and safety prosecutions.

Public & European Law

During the course of her pupillage, Celia assisted with a number of different public law matters, including a range of different judicial review proceedings. She has also assisted leading counsel in matters involving issues of public procurement.


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  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • British Insurance Law Association
  • Human Rights Law Associaton
  • Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association
  • History BA (Hons), Double First, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
  • GDL, Distinction, City University
  • BPTC, Outstanding, City University
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincolns Inn
  • Megarry Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Buchanan Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Kitty Crawley History Award, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Regulatory Information

All members of Chambers are registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. For our standard contractual terms click here.

Bar Council Number: 66474

VAT Registration Number: 266620496

Legal Status: Barrister

Professional Insurance: All members of Chambers have professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd. Territorial coverage is world-wide and subject to the term of the Bar Mutual. Click here for details.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

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