Olivia Magennis > The 36 Group > London, England > Lawyer Profile

The 36 Group
The 36 Group
Gray's Inn, 4 Field Court


Olivia is a specialist family law barrister, with a particular emphasis on the law as it relates to children. In both private and public law cases Olivia acts for parents, children, extended members of the family and local authorities. She regularly appears in complex cases involving serious injury, with complicated or conflicting medical evidence, whether with or without a leader. Olivia also has a wealth of experience in cases involving serious allegations of sexual and physical abuse, NAHI, factitious illness, insulin poisoning and emotional harm. Olivia has particular experience of and expertise in highly contentious private law cases, and takes a calm, measured approach to all.


Called 2005, Lincoln’s Inn. Bilingual Summer School in International Criminal Law, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Campus The Hague (Campus Den Haag), Leiden University, Netherlands, 2008. 5 Pump Court Chambers 2010 Pegasus Scholarship: Washington DC, USA 2009 Advanced Criminal Advocacy Course, Levin College of Law, University of Florida, USA, 2004–15. 36 Bedford Row 2015-date.


French, Spanish and Russian.


FLBA Committee; FLBA member; South Easter Circuit; Midland Circuit (application made, outcome pending).


Birkenhead High School; Christ’s College, Cambridge University (2003 BA Law 2(:1)); Inns of Court School of Law (2004 Bar Vocational Course); 2007 MA (Cantab).


Karate (black belt), swimming.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Children law (including public and private law)

1GC | Family Law has ‘real specialists with a whole host of good barristers at a senior level through to the junior level who are very busy and up and coming.’ The set, which ‘at every level has star performers’, is excellent at private children work and is also recommended for its strong offering in public children work. Among its ‘outstanding stable of silks’ is Sarah Morgan QC who led Lucy Sprinz in advising Islington Council in an independent review into allegations made in the Islington Gazette that the former Mayor of Islington, Sandy Marks, had an historic association with pro-paedophile groups. New entrants to this year’s rankings include Andrew Norton QC, Doushka Krish, Matthew Fletcher, and Olivia Magennis.