Olivia acts in a wide range of civil, commercial, and public matters, with a special interest in cases with an international or cross-border element.
Olivia regularly appears and advises in commercial, company and insolvency matters in the Chancery Division and the County Court. 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.
Olivia undertakes pleading and advisory work in professional negligence claims, including against solicitors, barristers, accountants and financial advisers.
Olivia acts in both commercial and residential property matters, including possession, disrepair claims 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.
Olivia regularly acts and advises in cross-border and conflict of laws issues. During pupillage she worked on a Court of Appeal matter concerning interpretation of the Judgments Regulation (see an interview Olivia gave to LexisNexis about the case here). Olivia was also a research intern on the Private International Law Programme at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), focussing on jurisdictional issues.
In travel law, Olivia acts for both claimants and travel companies in a range of travel-related issues, including claims under the Package Travel Regulations, the Athens Convention and the Montreal Convention.
Olivia has experience in judicial review proceedings, and also appears regularly in the Immigration and Asylum and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Tribunals.
Olivia has a special interest in education law issues, including special educational needs, discrimination, school exclusion and university disciplinary proceedings. She has been a pro bono 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, and is fully familiar with both the outgoing Education Act 1996 legal 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 MladiÄ‡ 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 with Liberty and Islington Law Centre.
European Circuit of the Bar
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
Inner Temple Exhibition Award
Inner Temple Internship Award (ICTY)
Italian (including study at the University of Bologna)
French (working knowledge)