Barrister | Called 2017

Olivia May Appleby


Olivia has a busy practice across a broad area of criminal law. Olivia was called to the Bar in 2017 with a Very Competent grade from the Bar Professional Training Course which she completed at the University of Law Birmingham.

Prior to completing pupillage at Cornwall Street, Olivia worked for West Midlands Police as Contact Officer, at the front line answering 999 emergency calls from members of the public.

Olivia has always had a keen interest in criminal practice, and is developing a wealth of experience both in the Magistrates and Crown Court.

Education and qualifications:

  • First Class Honours, LLB Law, Birmingham City University
  • Very Competent, Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law
  • Distinction, LLM Professional Legal Practice, University of Law
  • Lincolns Inn Member
  • CPS Panel: Grade 2

Olivia’s expertise

Olivia has developed a strong criminal practice both prosecuting and defending in and around the Midlands.
She is regularly instructed across a broad range of offences, including inter alia sexual offences, violence, theft and drugs matters.
Olivia has completed her vulnerable witness training, and therefore she is experienced in dealing with vulnerable witnesses including conducting s.28 hearings, and is regularly instructed to represent vulnerable Defendants.
Olivia regularly deals with Crown Court matters which include trials, PTPH, appeals, sentences and a variety of applications. Olivia has a good rapport with lay and professional clients and is approachable, assertive and persuasive. 
Olivia accepts both private and publicly funded work.
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincolns Inn
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincolns Inn
  • University of Law Wig Scholarship