John Oxley: Barrister , Strategy Associate

John Oxley

John read History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, before studying the Graduate Diploma in Law (BPP Law School) and Bar Professional Training Course (Kaplan Law School). He was called to the Bar in July 2013 by The Honourable Society of The Middle Temple, who had previously awarded him a Harmsworth Exhibition and a Harmsworth Scholarship.

He first joined Vardags in 2013 and spent a year with the firm as a paralegal before undertaking pupillage with leading matrimonial set QEB. As a pupil, John provided research and drafting for many members of chambers, including silks, and was involved in a range of high-value matrimonial cases. In his second six, John was regularly instructed by solicitors. He appeared at all levels of the Family Court and represented clients successfully in a range of domestic violence, private children and ancillary relief cases. Upon completion of his pupillage, he returned to Vardags as in-house counsel.

Outside of work, John maintains an interest in the cultural history of Victorian England and the history of dress. He enjoys watching Yorkshire play cricket and endures supporting Sheffield Wednesday FC.

He is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

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Entries by John Oxley

Was your marriage a mistake? A look into void marriages

This entry was posted on Friday, March 17th, 2017 in Features and Curiosities, Vardags Family Law News.

It is sadly not uncommon for couples to come to see their marriage as a mistake. For some celebrities, this can happen within a matter of hours, whilst for the so-called “silver splitters” it may come after decades together. For a handful of couples, however, the court has ruled that …

Curiosities of common law marriage

This entry was posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in Features and Curiosities, Vardags Family Law News.

Common law marriage – the idea that a couple can obtain marital rights by living together without a formal ceremony – is a pervasive and dangerous myth in England and Wales. People who cohabit do not have the same rights as married couples and their assets will be governed by …

Literary legal advice: Karenin v Karenina

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 in Features and Curiosities, Vardags Family Law News.

Divorce has been a useful motif for countless authors, allowing them to examine not only the intricacies of difficult relationships, but also the social and legal ramifications. Nineteenth century authors in particular used divorce to highlight the plight of women who were trapped by social conventions which repudiated divorce and …

Courting publicity: managing PR and privacy in high profile divorces

This entry was posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016 in Editorial Commentary, Vardags Family Law News.

The divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has been a news sensation. The collapse of one of Hollywood’s most prominent couples was announced in a BBC Breaking News alert, and has generated countless headlines. For many, this divorce is another hot-gossip story, but for other high-profile figures it is a …

The most scandalous celebrity divorces in history

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 in Features and Curiosities, Vardags Family Law News.

As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’ s divorce hits the headlines, it is worth remembering that there was once a time before the divorce agenda was dominated by PR teams,“irreconcilable differences” and dignified silence. Whilst today divorce proceedings are usually conducted in private, high profile divorce cases once led to …