Olivia commenced her Pupillage under the supervision of Richard Canning in April 2022. She formally joined Chambers as a Tenant in April 2023.
Olivia grew up in the West Midlands where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Social Policy before commencing her Graduate Diploma in Law in 2018.
She was awarded an Exhibition Award Scholarship from Inner Temple to assist with her study of the Bar Professional Training Course for which she achieved a Very Competent. She also completed a Masters in Law with a practical element within the pro-bono unit at the University of Law, offering advice and support to litigants in person. Olivia received a Distinction for her work.
Olivia has received instructions in a variety of cases spanning the Magistrates’, Crown, and Youth Court. She has received specific instruction from the CPS and has been instructed to prosecute a case on behalf of the Complex Case Unit. She regularly assists vulnerable clients and witnesses, priding herself on being an approachable and well-rounded advocate.
R v T (2022) – Prosecuted a case including charges of Grievous Bodily Harm. Olivia was able to convince the bench that this was not self-defence, resulting in a S47 conviction in the alternative.
R v A (2022) – Achieved a S47 conviction for the ‘Victimless Prosecution’ of a domestic assault.
R v S (2022) – Secured a sentence of a Community Order and financial penalty in the Crown Court for a Defendant convicted of three counts of Indecent Images.
R v K (2022) – Sexual Assault of a Child under 13. Sexual Touching charge dismissed at the close of the prosecution case and the Defendant convicted of a Common Assault at the lowest level, receiving a financial penalty as a result.
R v S (2023) – Olivia secured an acquittal for a client of good character charged with theft from employer. She convinced the bench that he did not intend to permanently deprive the employer of the items, despite them being found in his possession at his home address.
R v B & R (2023) – Olivia represented both defendants who were charged with two counts of theft. She successfully opposed a suggested application for the complainant’s evidence to be admitted under the hearsay provisions. This resulted in the Crown offering no evidence and both clients being acquitted of all charges.