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Olivia Chaffin-Laird Professional Negligence

Olivia represents clients in respect of Professional Negligence claims arising in the areas of Chancery and Commercial law in which she practices with financial services being a particular specialty. She represents both claimants and professional advisers in defending such claims.
Olivia has uncompromising standards and is utterly committed to her cases; her conscientious approach is well suited to complicated finance, fraud and deception cases. She is recognised for her meticulous preparation and attention to detail, combined with thorough, robust and tenacious advocacy and yet retains a down to earth and pragmatic approach to both people and their disputes. She has developed the ability to digest complex reports as well as detailed financial statements and enjoys the challenge of explaining difficult issues in terms acceptable to, and understandable by, her client. She adopts a clear and analytical approach with pragmatism in abundance and has been commended for her down to earth approach. 
She is experienced in advising and appearing both for and against financial institutions and in advising in financial disputes including cases where customers have suffered the consequences of misrepresentation and breach of lending agreements. She has extensive experience of disputes affecting financial services professionals and consumers and in particular claims for breach of duty by IFAs.
More recently in 2013 she has been instructed in multi-party litigation against individuals, banks and other financial institutions both in the UK and overseas on behalf of investors seeking recompense following illegal or negligent advice. These include those investors in property in Cyprus being pursued by Alpha Bank and further investors in property in Croatia, Bulgaria and Montenegro via Ready2Rent/Ready2Invest.
She is on the panel of nominated counsel for risk warning, an organisation which aims to assist investors that have been wronged and further seeks to attempt to clean up the industry for financial services along the way. Further details can be found at www.riskwarning.co.uk

"The Professional Duties of Financial Advisers"


London Executive Aviation Ltd v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2017] EWHC 1516 (Ch)

(1) Group Seven Ltd (2) Rheingold Management Inc v Ali Nasir & 9 Ors : Equity Trading Systems Ltd v Notable Services LLP & 7 Ors [2017] EWHC 2466 (Ch)


“Olivia Chaffin-Laird impresses with her performance in cases concerning contractual disputes, professional negligence, construction and finance. She is praised for her breadth of expertise and business-minded approach. “She cuts to the chase and is extremely commercial” “She works extremely hard and presents her cases well” [Chambers UK, 2017]

"Very knowledgeable about the law but also very commercial. She gives you a balanced view." "She's a fighter and doesn't give up." [Chambers UK, 2016]

A well-respected commercial disputes junior. She has particular expertise in financial services matters. "She performed very well on her feet and prepares very thoroughly." "She takes a very assertive and robust approach." [Chambers UK 2015]

'She is personable, meticulous in preparation and excellent on paper.' [Legal 500 2014 Edition]

"Exceptional advocate Olivia Chaffin-Laird is thorough and extremely approachable" [Legal 500 2013 Edition] 

Olivia is an outstanding Barrister in her fields. Our Firm frequently instructs her and receives first-class advice and Counsel Opinion. She is extremely knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated. [2013]

Olivia is approachable and full of personality. Instructing Olivia is always cost-effective and simple and there is no doubt that her services are effective, efficient and you can rest assured that she has an excellent success rate [2012]


LLB Europe with French
Universite de Montpellier – Diplome de droit francais fondamentale


Midlands Chancery and Commercial Bar Association [MCCBA]
Commercial Bar Association [COMBAR] 
Technology and Construction Bar Association [TECBAR]


January 2013: Junior Counsel to the Crown
Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency

January 2008: Treasury Counsel in the Midlands
Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency, Property