Commercial disputes constitute a large proportion of Olivia’s practice and encompasses contractual disputes, civil shareholder and business disputes, breach of fiduciary duties, civil fraud and financial matters.
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 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 provides a clear, analytical approach with a degree of pragmatism. She appreciates that where there are implications for directors both advice and case management must be robust.
She has experience of mediation including those requiring concise financial arguments in order to support settlement proposals.
Recently, Olivia’s wider commercial practice has included instructions in relation to numerous large-scale commercial cases, including:
for the directors of Midlands Regen Limited, a charity, in its successful claim for breach of duty following the fraudulent diversion of funds, for the director of a family business in a successful claim brought by members of his family with allegations of breach of fiduciary duty by the charity, for the director and shareholder of an established technology company in a shareholder dispute with co-directors in a family business, for the partner in a partnership dispute in a successful dispute involving breach of a joint venture agreement with competing international interests, for a banker in a substantial fraud claim brought by Group Seven Limited v Nasir et al heard over 9 weeks in 2017 concerning money laundering, breach of trust, dishonest assistance, professional obligations of solicitors and fiduciary duties of banks and their employees, judgment for which is reserved. She has acquired significant experience in the financial services sector acting for large groups of investors who have received negligent financial advice and who have been financially devastated as a result of collapsed funds and schemes.
She was 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.
“She is incredibly approachable and goes beyond her instructions. She thinks outside the box and is a passionate advocate.”
Chambers UK 2021
“A commendable advocate who is able to manage client expectations and secure positive outcomes.”
Legal 500 2021
“She has the ear of the judges – they know that she is reliable and trustworthy.”
Chambers UK 2020
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. Her diverse clientele includes investors, bankers and company directors, among others. “She is very technical and very thorough.”
Chambers UK 2019
“Highly experienced in financial disputes.”
Legal 500 2019
“She’s very user-friendly and technically excellent.” “Clients really like her - she’s a practical lawyer who provides good commercial advice.”
Chambers UK 2018
“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
London Executive Aviation Ltd v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc  EWHC 1516 (Ch)
(1) Group Seven Ltd (2) Rheingold Management Inc v Ali Nasir and 9 Ors : Equity Trading Systems Ltd v Notable Services LLP and 7 Ors  EWHC 2466 (Ch)
(1) Haysport Properties Ltd (2) Twinsectra Ltd V Joseph Ackerman  EWHC 393 (Ch)
(1) Group Seven Ltd (A Company Incorporated In Malta) (2) Rheingold Management Inc (A Company Incorporated In Panama) V Ali Nasir and 9 Ors : Equity Trading Systems Ltd V (1) Notable Services Llp (2) Martin Landman (3) Francesco Meduri (4) Llb Verwaltung (Switzerland) Ag (Formerly Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Switzerland) Ltd) (A Company Incorporated In Switzerland) (5) Othman Louanjli  EWHC 620 (Ch)
(1) Haysport Properties Ltd, (2) Twinsectra Limited v Ackerman  EWHC 393 (Ch)
Haysport Properties Ltd and Anor v Ackerman  EWHC 3975 (Ch)
Finesse Group Ltd v Bryson Products (A Firm)  EWHC 3273 (TCC)
Infolines Public Networks Ltd -v- Nottingham City Council  CA (Civ. Div) 11.6.09
January 2013: Junior Counsel to the Crown Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency
January 2008: Treasury Counsel in the Midlands Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency, Property
Midlands Chancery and Commercial Bar Association [MCCBA]
Commercial Bar Association [COMBAR]
Technology and Construction Bar Association [TECBAR]
LLB Europe with French
Universite de Montpellier – Diplome de droit francais fondamentale