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Olivia Chaffin-Laird Technology & Construction

Olivia has developed a strong commercial chancery practice which frequently dovetails with both technology and construction matters. She is recognised as a good communicator, not only as an advocate but also in conference with solicitors and clients. She has sound commercial understanding and has been commended for her down to earth and pragmatic approach to both people and their disputes. She enjoys the challenge of explaining complex issues in terms acceptable to, and understandable by, her client and provides a clear, analytical approach with a degree of pragmatism. She appreciates that where there are commercial implications both advice and case management must be robust.

She regularly provides advice, advocacy and drafting in a wide range of both construction and technology disputes. This includes product liability, building, civil engineering and mechanical disputes as well as professional negligence.

Olivia has experience of mediation including those requiring concise financial arguments in order to support settlement proposals

Publications:
"Construction Contracts - Performance"
 

RECOMMENDATIONS

“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]


QUALIFICATIONS

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


MEMBERSHIPS

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


APPOINTMENTS

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

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


NOTABLE CASES

Squibb Group Limited v Vertase FLI Ltd [2012] EWHC 1958 (TCC)