Olivia has developed a strong commercial chancery practice which frequently dovetails with both insolvency and company and partnership 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 implications for directors both advice and case management must be robust.
She regularly provides advice, advocacy and drafting in a wide range of both company law and partnership disputes. This includes allegations of misfeasance, disqualification of directors, fraudulent and wrongful trading, company administrations, insolvent partnerships, minority shareholder disputes and litigation following the breakdown of a partnership.
In her capacity as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) she frequently acts for the Secretary of State in insolvency and company/partnership matters including company directors’ disqualification proceedings, BROs and in public interest winding up petitions.
Olivia has experience of mediation including those requiring concise financial arguments in order to support settlement proposals.
“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)
Haysport Properties Ltd and Anor v Ackerman  EWHC 3975 (Ch)
Finesse Group Ltd v Bryson Products (A Firm)  EWHC 3273 (TCC)
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