Olivia is Head of Media & Entertainments at Carson McDowell LLP. She graduated with a first class honours degree from QUB and later qualified in 2012 as a Solicitor Advocate. She represents various media clients including CNN International; Facebook, Inc; Twitter, Inc; Independent News & Media Plc; Associated Newspapers Limited; UTV and ITV Plc; RTE; Joe.ie; publishers such as Springer Nature Limited or Palgrave; independent production companies such as Crawford McCann and Ronin Films; as well as local film makers, authors, musicians and producers.
Olivia has been involved in most of the landmark judgements in Northern Ireland’s Court of Appeal regarding the law on libel, privacy, copyright and e-commerce law and she regularly represents the media in regard to reporting restrictions. As an expert media lawyer she has sat on committees which have provided specialist legal opinion for the Gillen Review, Lord Justice Gillen’s Investigation into Serious Sexual Offence Trials and on Mr Justice O’Hara’s Media Access to the Family Courts. She has been a guest speaker for Queen’s University law students, NUJ, News Brands Ireland and Film Hub NI as well as a regular commentator on UTV, BBC NI and Radio Ulster on media related topics. She is currently completing a PG Diploma in Intellectual Property Law & Practice in Merton College, Oxford University.