Olivia Wybraniec

Profile

Olivia acts in a wide range of civil, commercial, and public matters, with a special interest in cases with an international or foreign law element.

Commercial and Insolvency

Olivia regularly appears and advises in commercial, company and insolvency matters in the Business and Property Courts and the County Court. 

She has acted as first junior in a civil fraud matter for a large technology company defending a counterclaim based on allegations of MTIC/carousel fraud.  She regularly advises and represents companies and sole traders in contractual disputes.  Olivia has particular experience in advising on the jurisdictional, foreign law and service issues involved in proceedings against foreign-domiciled defendants in commercial and insolvency matters.

Olivia has acted for office holders, directors, creditors and individual debtors, as well as liquidators and trustees, in a range of insolvency proceedings and applications. 

In 2015 Olivia acted as second junior to Simon Davenport QC and Daniel Lewis working with an international team of lawyers in a successful motion to dismiss US Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Proceedings in the State of Delaware arising out of the Baha Mar Resort development in the Bahamas. During pupillage, she worked with supervisors in successfully defending a multi-million pound civil fraud claim.

Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Law and Travel

Olivia regularly acts and advises in cross-border and conflict of laws issues concerning all areas of civil law.  She is frequently instructed by foreign-domiciled insurance companies to advise on and challenge jurisdiction in the Courts of England and Wales, including at appellate level. 

In travel law, Olivia acts for a number of well-known tour operators, airlines and cruise companies in a range of travel-related issues, including claims under the Package Travel Regulations, the Athens Convention and the Montreal Convention.  She is particularly experienced in claims for discrimination against such defendants, and has given talks on the effects and exclusions of the Equality Act 2010 in these areas.

During pupillage Olivia worked with Katherine Deal preparing for the Court of Appeal hearing of Keefe v Hoteles Pinero Canarias (which has since been appealed to the Supreme Court with a reference to the CJEU), an important authority on the English court’s jurisdiction over jointly sued foreign domiciled tortfeasors and indemnity insurers. Olivia was previously a research intern at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) for the Private International Law Programme, focussing on jurisdictional issues and the recast of the Brussels I Regulations.

Professional Negligence

Olivia undertakes pleading and advisory work in professional negligence claims, including against solicitors, barristers, accountants and financial advisers.  She has also given talks on professional negligence.

Property Litigation

Olivia acts in both commercial and residential property matters, including possession, disrepair, forfeiture and orders for sale. Immediately prior to commencing pupillage, Olivia worked for a central London Borough, appearing in the County Court and First Tier Tribunal in Landlord and Tenant matters.

Public Law, Human Rights and Inquiries

Olivia is currently instructed in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on behalf of a group of bereaved families. 

Olivia has appeared in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Tribunal, and Immigration and Asylum), and has experience in judicial review proceedings.  Olivia has a special interest in education law issues, including special educational needs, discrimination, school exclusion and university disciplinary proceedings. She has been a tribunal representative for IPSEA (the Independent Parental Special Education Advice charity) since 2012, advising and representing the parents and guardians of children with special educational needs on a pro bono basis, and is fully familiar with both the outgoing Education Act 1996 framework and the new Children and Families Act 2014 provisions.

Before coming to the Bar, Olivia was a prosecution intern with the United Nations at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (UN ICTY), where she worked principally on the pre-trial stages of the prosecution of the former general Ratko Mladic for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Olivia also worked as a research intern with the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, and as a part-time volunteer for Liberty and Islington Law Centre.

Public Access

Olivia is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, companies and other entities through the public access scheme (also known as direct access).  Olivia has acted, advised and drafted pleadings and documents for a number of individuals and small and medium sized businesses on a direct access basis. She is happy to accept instructions on a direct basis in appropriate cases. If you wish to instruct Olivia on a direct basis, please speak to the clerks. 

For more information on public access, please see the Bar Council website.

Memberships

COMBAR
European Circuit of the Bar

Qualifications

LLB (Hons) Law with European Legal Studies, King’s College London (Third year studying Law at the University of Bologna, Italy)

LLM Public International Law, University College London

Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School

Scholarships and Prizes

Inner Temple Exhibition Award

Inner Temple Internship Award (ICTY)

Pegasus Scholarship (2018, New York and Chicago)

Languages

Italian (including study at the University of Bologna)

French (working knowledge)