Olivia obtained a degree in Law and Criminology (LLB honours) from Cardiff University in 2006. In 2007, Olivia completed the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University, before commencing a training contract in July 2008.
Upon qualification in 2010, Olivia primarily acted in criminal and regulatory cases. Olivia’s professional discipline work included defending healthcare professionals before various regulatory bodies, including the General Optical Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, and the General Osteopathic Council. Olivia also defended companies and individuals against prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, local authorities and the Police. Olivia gained experience in appealing statutory notices, issued by local authorities and Ofsted.
At the beginning of 2013, Olivia took up a position in the in-house legal team of a medical defence organisation. Olivia specialised in representing doctors facing a range of complaints / allegations before the General Medical Council, at inquests, before their employers and in the criminal and civil courts.
Olivia returned to Northern Ireland in October 2014 and joined the Healthcare team at Carson McDowell.
Olivia is a Senior Associate in the team and primarily acts on the instructions of medical defence organisations and insurers, in relation to regulatory and criminal matters involving doctors, dentists, and pharmacists. Olivia also acts on behalf of doctors facing clinical negligence claims.
Olivia has assisted in health and safety cases, including providing: compliance advice, corporate support on due diligence projects and assistance to individuals/companies facing health and safety investigations and prosecutions.