Olivia Ford

Year of Call: 2013
Email Address: olivia.ford@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01865 793736

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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 [2017] EWCA Civ 268, which considers whether the receipt of indirect benefit stops a co-owner seeking relief.

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Academic qualifications

  • 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

Professional bodies

Property Bar Association