About Olivia Pattison
Olivia is currently a final seat trainee in the Housing department. She assists Jayesh Kunwardia on a wide range of cases, including disrepair, possession and other landlord and tenant disputes. She is building on her previous housing experience from assisting Farzana Chowdhury in her first seat.
Olivia has previously completed seats in the Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Crime and Housing teams. Most recently, Olivia has assisted Alice Hardy in the Civil Liberties team with a wide range of human rights and civil litigation cases, including actions against the police and other public bodies. She worked closely with a bereaved family whose loved one died in prison and supported them through an Article 2 inquest lasting five days. She also assisted the same family with progressing their potential civil claim against the healthcare provider in the prison.
Olivia completed her second seat in Criminal Defence, where she represented clients at the police station, including those arrested during protests. She assisted in the litigation of a wide range of offences, in both the magistrates and Crown Courts, including extradition and appeal matters. In her first seat in Housing, she worked on a wide range of cases for tenants, including many disrepair cases and a complex succession case.
Prior to joining Hodge Jones & Allen as a trainee, Olivia worked as a paralegal in a busy criminal defence department. She assisted on a wide-range of matters, including two high-profile murder trials and many drug trafficking cases. She is fully accredited as a police station representative, with a particular interest in advising young and vulnerable clients. She also worked at two young people’s charities, Just for Kids Law and The Children Society, building practical expertise in Child Criminal Exploitation and the resulting legal issues.
"Hodge Jones & Allen helped me with my housing disrepair case. They were professional, consistent, honest and emphatic. Farzana my solicitor is a great lady who I got loads of support and encouragement till the end of my case so as Olivia the trainee solicitor. I’m very grateful for their support. I highly recommend them"
Education & Personal Interests
- Paralegal, Crime– Edward Fail, Bradshaw and Waterson Solicitors; 2020-2021
- Paralegal, Crime– Lawrence and Co Solicitors; 2019-2020
- Disrupting Exploitation Officer– The Children’s Society; 2018-2019
- Development Officer– Just for Kids Law; 2017-2018
- Accredited Police Station Representative – Cardiff University; 2021
- Legal Practice Course – University of Law; 2020
- Politics, Philosophy and Law LLB 2:1 –Kings College London; 2013-2017
Olivia enjoys swimming, with a new (weather-dependent) passion for outdoor swimming. She also enjoys lino-printing in her spare time. Since 2019, Olivia has worked as a volunteer for the No More Exclusions movement, mostly working on fundraising applications. The movement is dedicated to ending the persistent and unjust racial disparity in school exclusions in the UK.