Olivia joined chambers on 1st November 2015 following the successful completion of her pupillage.
Olivia has a busy practice and specialises in Business and Commercial Law, Property and Chancery, Personal Injury and Education Law. Please see her specialist profiles to the left for further details.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Olivia worked as a Dispute Resolution Consultant in a construction law firm. This involved assisting in the resolution of a multi-million pound dispute relating to railway signal renewals. Her responsibilities included drafting claim documents, attending weekly client conferences and analysing 300 files of historic information, therefore Olivia was able to gain skills in working efficiently with strong attention to detail.
In her spare time, Olivia is a keen cook, skier and rugby enthusiast. She enjoys going to the gym, dancing and has also recently become interested in the world of cycling!
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Olivia has a broad commercial practice and receives instructions on behalf of both consumers and businesses in claims of all values. Her position as a dispute resolution consultant prior to joining Chambers has enabled Olivia to gain familiarity with complex contractual issues and an understanding of the commercial realities of disputes.
Olivia’s commercial practice encompasses claims arising out of breach of contract, debt recovery, consumer rights and insolvency. She regularly appears in court on trials, case management conferences, interim applications and enforcement matters. Recent cases include:
· Successfully arguing that a leading windows and glass company had engaged in unfair commercial practices;
· Appearing in the High Court to enforce a judgment of over £400,000 arising from fraud;
· Successfully representing a leading utilities provider on a number of claims and injunctions involving breach of contract and harassment;
· Regularly appearing in court on behalf of both employers and contractors in building disputes, often concerning repudiatory breaches;
· Successfully annulling a bankruptcy in the High Court on grounds that the bankrupt was mistake as to the date of the hearing;
· Advising clients under service agreements on issues of misrepresentation and breach of contract for a range of machines such as photocopiers and printers;
· Successfully representing a school in the recovery of unpaid school fees;
· Advising on estoppel as an exception to the nemo dat rule in interpleader proceedings;
· Successfully representing consumers under the Consumer Rights Act 2015; and
· Appearing on behalf of companies in a range of matters including rectification of the register and extensions of time for registering a charge.
Olivia has a keen interest in the developments of consumer law following implementation of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and is able to deliver training and seminars on the progress and interpretation of the legislation.
20th Apr 2017
Commercial update: Paying off another's secured loan - Olivia Ford examines equities of exoneration. Where property is jointly owned, and one of the owners pays off a secured loan taken out for the sole benefit of the other, an 'equity of exoneration' may arise. Olivia Ford analyses the recent Court of Appeal decision in Armstrong v Onyearu  EWCA Civ 268, which considers whether the receipt of indirect benefit stops a co-owner seeking relief.
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Olivia is passionate about property law and is building her practice across a range of areas following completion of her heavily property centred pupillage in 2015.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Olivia spent time representing clients pro bono in the county court. Such a role allowed Olivia to represent both private and secure tenants in possession proceedings and gain an understanding of human rights defences. Olivia also developed knowledge in ownership and possession of land during engineering works to the railway through her role as a Dispute Resolution Consultant at a construction law firm.
During pupillage and in her own practice, Olivia has been further exposed to a diverse range of property and chancery matters including:
- Forfeiture and claims for rent arrears and service charges in beer tie leases;
- Trespass and nuisance, including disputes concerning property damage, tree root encroachment and negligent construction works;
- Restrictive covenants and overage provisions;
- Rights of way;
- Adverse possession and boundary disputes;
- Leasehold enfranchisement;
- Misrepresentation in conveyancing transactions;
- Service charges and interpretation of lease provisions;
- Possession orders, including suspension of warrants, mortgage repossessions, service occupiers and mobile homes;
- Tenancy deposit schemes; and
- Charging orders and orders for sale, including applications made by trustees in bankruptcy.
Recent work has included:
Advising in a dispute whereby tenancies had been granted by and to a sole trader and a company in the wrong legal entities. The case involved consideration of Bruton tenancies, tenancies by estoppel and implied tenancies.
Advising as to the validity of a notice to quit and application of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 when residential property is let to a business.
Representing a defendant landlord in a dispute concerning surrender of a lease for equestrian premises. The dispute also concerned detention of horses under the Animals Act 1971.
Advising in respect of challenging the validity of a mortgage on the basis of presumed undue influence.
Representing a trustee in bankruptcy in defending an application for a charging order on the basis that a bankrupt does not retain any interest in the property under section 330 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
Successfully representing a landlord in recovering £20,000 in rent arrears.
Advising and drafting a defence in a claim relating to Japanese Knotweed. The case involved consideration as to whether damages can be awarded for innocent misrepresentation where rescission is not available as a remedy.
Acting on behalf of freeholders and leaseholders in applications to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
Representing a tenant in an application for an injunction under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Advising and drafting a claim concerning maintenance of closed churchyards pursuant to the Local Government Act 1972.
- L.L.B. (Hons) - First Class (2012)
- BPTC - Outstanding (2013)
- Inner Temple Prize for BPTC Result
- Winner of Albion Chambers Criminal Advocacy Competition
- Finalist of Albion Chambers Family Advocacy Competition
- Finalist of Bristol Institute of Legal Practice Moot
Professional qualifications & appointments
- ADR Group Accredited Mediator
Property Bar Association
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