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Taylor Walton LLP

Work Department

Family Law


Partner & Arbitrator


Olive McCarthy is a Partner and family law specialist solicitor qualified in 2000, she is based in the St Albans office of Taylor Walton. She can best be described as an experienced lawyer who always strives to meet a client’s objectives.

She is also a Family Law Arbitrator, as an alternative to Court proceedings, she is able to make decisions (Arbitral Awards) in family matters where she has been appointed by the parties’ representatives with such decisions being incorporated into a Court Order and binding on the parties, one of only an elite few in the UK qualified to do this. Olive promotes, where appropriate and possible, a conciliatory approach to issues. She believes in striking a balance between being sympathetic and understanding, whilst also commanding an assertive and proactive approach to matters.

Olive specialises in resolving medium to high net worth financial disputes all that they encompass on a separation between couples and in divorce proceedings.

Previously a Trustee of the ‘domestic violence forum’ of East Herts and Broxbourne from 2003 to 2016 as well being the honorary solicitor to Citizens Advice Bureau for Hertford, Ware and Broxbourne outlets for a similar period.

Olive is also the firms Risk Management Partner and COLP.


Olive studied at University of Hertfordshire (St Albans) for her degree which included all core law subjects as well as economics, philosophy, sociology, criminology and politics. She also studied at London College of Law and holds the following accreditations –

  • Law Society Family Law Panel since 2003
  • Resolution member since 2003
  • Collaborative Lawyer since 2009
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators since February 2013 – Family Law Arbitrator

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Predominantly based in Harpenden, Taylor Walton LLP‘s team has ‘a wealth of experience and expertise‘ in private children, TOLATA, and domestic violence issues. The ‘very experienced and pragmaticBen Twitchen heads up the practice, and has vast expertise in advising on the financial aspects of divorces, while associate Emily Woodhouse handles private law children matters. In St Albans, ‘powerhouseOlive McCarthy regularly advises business owners and shareholder directors, and has ‘vast knowledge‘ of farming divorce issues, while Will Mercer has ample experience in the dissolution of civil partnerships and cohabitation issues involving farming assets. Laura Woolard is recommended for her capabilities in sensitive cases concerning abusive or hostile environments. Tamara Glanvill joined the practice from Fullers Family Law in September 2022, contributing her expertise in the preparation of parenting plans.