Olivia is a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team at Trowers & Hamlins. Olivia's experience in litigation includes acting for clients in complex multi-party disputes across several practice sectors.
Olivia predominantly advises clients involved in proceedings in the Queen's Bench Division and the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice, with the majority of her time spent advising clients on matters proceeding in the Business and Property Courts. She also has experience in resolving disputes in the County Court, as well as matters proceeding under pre-action protocols and via adjudication, joint settlement meetings and mediation.
Olivia has a notable interest in disputes arising from fire safety risks and the design and construction of defective external cladding systems / facades in high rise developments, which rest upon compliance with applicable statutory instruments. Olivia is accordingly well versed in the evolving functional requirements of the Building Regulations, the Building (Amendment) Regulations, Approved Document B, BR135 performance criteria and BS 8414 testing, as well as obligations in respect of fire safety arising under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
Olivia's experience in this area includes acting for developers, freehold owners, RPs and contractors in proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) – some of which settled pre-trial and others that are ongoing – as well as pre-action negotiations and settlements. Olivia also has experience in advising clients on eligibility and applications for government funding, and obligations relating thereto.
The cladding specific matters that Olivia has advised on have all been highly complex, multi-million pound disputes.
Olivia's technical acumen does not detract from her understanding of clients' commercial objectives, which are the driving force of any pursued outcome.
Olivia is based in our Birmingham office.