Olivia Kirkbride

Call 2018

Olivia Kirkbride | Call 2018

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Overview

Olivia is developing a practice across a range of Chambers’ specialisms, with a particular focus on Court of Protection and inquests. Olivia is skilled in navigating cases involving children and vulnerable individuals, having acquired family law experience prior to joining Chambers. She also spent a year working as the Judicial Assistant to the President of the Family Division and the Court of Protection. Olivia is approachable, empathetic and is recognised for her tenacious advocacy.

Olivia is clerked primarily by Tom O’Connor,  Joe Ralph, Jubeda Begum and Josie Ryan.

Olivia discusses the Court of Appeal’s decision in Re AH [2021] EWCA Civ 1768, where she appeared as junior counsel. Read the full article here.

Olivia has been appointed as secretary to the President of the Family Division and the Court of Protection’s Transparency Implementation Group, where she will work specifically on data strategy and media engagement.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Since joining Chambers, Olivia has developed a busy practice in the Court of Protection and in medical-related inquests. She is regularly instructed by local authorities, NHS Trusts, CCGs and on behalf of P (by the Official Solicitor, RPRs and other litigation friends).

She has experience in section 21A matters, in addition to personal welfare applications brought under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Olivia has particular expertise in cases involving children and vulnerable young people, including medical treatment cases under the inherent jurisdiction, bringing with her a family law background.

Olivia has already appeared in several high-profile and challenging matters. She was led in the Court of Appeal in Re AH [2021] EWCA Civ 1768, a successful appeal against an order permitting an NHS Trust to withdraw life sustaining medical treatment from the “most complex Covid patient in the world”. She appeared in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel in the case of Re PZ [2021] EWHC 2294 (Fam). Olivia was recently led by Nageena Khalique QC in a complex inquest involving the death of an individual who was detained under section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Cases & work of note

  • Re AH [2021] EWCA Civ 1768 – Olivia was led in a successful appeal against an order permitting an NHS Trust to withdraw life sustaining medical treatment from P, who was described as the “most complex Covid patient in the world”. The Court of Appeal provided essential guidance in respect of judges meeting ‘P’ in Court of Protection proceedings.
  • Re PZ [2021] EWHC 2294 (Fam) – Olivia appeared in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel, in a case involving the withdrawal of life sustaining medical treatment from a child.

Publications

Olivia has published/contributed to articles which have appeared in Lexis PSL, Family Law Week, and the Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law.

Prior to the Bar

Prior to joining the Bar, Olivia spent a year working as the Judicial Assistant to Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division and the Court of Protection. She also worked with various judges of the Court of Appeal and the High Court, on a range of complex matters. Olivia conducted legal research, assisted with speech writing and offered preliminary viewpoints on the merits of cases, both at first instance and at appeal.

Whilst studying for her LLM, Olivia volunteered with the Free Representation Unit and taught debating to young offenders, as part of prison-mentoring scheme Vocalise. She also worked with the British Institute for International and Comparative Law and has appeared in the Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law.

Qualifications and awards

  • BA (Hons) Theology, University of Cambridge
  • GDL, University of Law
  • BPTC with LL.M Legal Practice (Outstanding), BPP Law School
  • LLM (Distinction), UCL

Olivia was awarded a full scholarship for the GDL and the Gray’s Inn Steen Award for the BPTC. In December 2021, Olivia was appointed as Secretary to the PFD’s Transparency Implementation Group; she works closely with members of the judiciary, legal professionals, media representatives and academics/researchers in developing data strategies and media engagement, with a view to increasing transparency in the justice system.

Privacy

Olivia adopts and adheres to the provisions of the privacy notice which can be accessed here.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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