olivia McGonigle

Olivia McGonigle

Year of Call: 2021
Email Address: olivia.mcgonigle@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01962 868884

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Olivia McGonigle is a second six pupil barrister with 3PB and is one of the 2021 “Butterfield Pupils”, a scheme of the Western Circuit to part-finance publicly funded pupillages in the South and South West of England.

She joined chambers in October 2021 and is based in Winchester and on the Western Circuit.

She is keen to accept instructions in all areas of criminal and quasi-criminal law.

Olivia defends and prosecutes criminal cases. She is a Level 1 Prosecutor on the CPS Advocate Panel General Crime List.

She was recently awarded the Ann Goddard Scholarship for pupils undertaking pupillage in publicly-funded work.

Prior to pupillage, Olivia worked as a paralegal at the Electoral Commission and volunteered at various charities. This included working for a capital defence office in New Orleans, focusing solely on death penalty cases.

Olivia has undertaken a range of pro bono work, including working on innocence projects and with IPSEA, a charity dedicated to providing legal advice for children with additional needs. Olivia has also volunteered at the Free Representation Unit where she represented clients in social security tribunals and obtained favourable outcomes.

Olivia has a particular interest in working with vulnerable clients.

Outside work Olivia enjoys swimming and running.


Academic qualifications

  • Bar Training Course – Distinction (BPP London)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – Distinction (BPP London)
  • BA Hons History and Political Science (University of Birmingham)




  • Butterfield Scholar (Western Circuit)
  • Ann Goddard Scholar (Gray’s Inn)
  • Wilfred Watson Scholar (Gray’s Inn)
  • Residential Scholar (Gray’s Inn)
  • Career Commitment Scholar (BPP)
  • Excellence Scholar (BPP)
  • BPP Advocacy Scholar (BPP)
  • GDL Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Level 1 – CPS Advocate Panel – General Crime

Professional bodies

  • Gray’s Inn