Barrister returns to Liverpool as Exchange Chambers’ expansion continues apace

November 8, 2021

Criminal and regulatory barrister Olivia Beesley has returned to her home city of Liverpool and joined Exchange Chambers.

Olivia, who was called to the Bar in 2018, joins Exchange from St Philips Chambers in Birmingham.

In criminal work, Olivia prosecutes (she is a Grade 2 prosecutor for the CPS) and defends.

In 2020 and 2021 Olivia appeared in the Court of Appeal as part of a team representing a Sub-postmaster. This appeal focussed on lack of disclosure from the Post Office during a succession of trials.

Recently, she secured a unanimous acquittal in a multi-handed Conspiracy to Supply Class A trial in Inner London Crown Court. The 8-day trial involved cell site analysis evidence, focussing on her 28-year-old client’s movements in early 2020.

Olivia’s regulatory practice includes local authority work including but not limited to Trading Standards, Environmental, Health and Safety, Food and Hygiene, Licensing and Nuisance.  She also has experience prosecuting regulatory trials on behalf of City and District Councils.

Beyond this, Olivia has experience in Health and Care Professional Council work. She has also been briefed in several Mental Health Tribunals, concerning Section 2 of the Mental Health Act – finding success in this area, having previously secured a discharge from hospital for her clients.

Commenting on her decision to join Exchange Chambers, Olivia Beesley said:

“Having lived in Birmingham for ten years, I was eager to return to Liverpool. The city is a strong part of me. I adore the city, and the people of Liverpool.

“Exchange Chambers has always stood out for me as a Chambers that strikes a balance of professionalism and camaraderie. The friendliness of Exchange is unparalleled. Alongside this, it has a nation-wide reputation. This combination is truly unique. I am very excited to further my career alongside individuals who make Exchange Chambers what it is today.”

Jonathan I’Anson, Chief Executive at Exchange Chambers said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Olivia to Exchange.

“As a high-quality practitioner with an excellent reputation, we look forward to her developing a long and successful career with Chambers.”