Olivia Beesley

Call 2018

Olivia Beesley

Introduction

Olivia’s practice is Crime and Regulatory. She builds good rapport with clients, being both approachable and direct.


Crime

Recently, Olivia has been trial counsel for a member of the police force in R v S, defending in case of computer misuse. Following from this, she defended a police officer in a trial of obstruction in the execution of duty in R v H.

She has found success in both trials of issue and appeals. She prosecuted a trial of issue in R v W, the offence being aggravated bodily harm to a taxi driver. She has also prosecuted appeals; recent cases include R v H concerning possession of an offensive weapon in public, and R v S involving threatening behaviour against children, and an possession of an offensive weapon.

In West Midlands Police v O, she successfully opposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which was applied for by the police following allegations of further sexual misconduct.

Other trials include R v W, in which she defended a man against allegations of assault, criminal damage, and controlling and coercive behaviour. She defended a sentence of production of indecent images, securing a community order, in the case of R v J. In RSPCA v M, she co-defended against an allegation of animal cruelty.

She has prosecuted and defended sentences of fraud. In the case of R v S, she defended an employee of Birmingham City Council. In R v J, she prosecuted under the CPS Specialist Fraud Division, which followed interception at Birmingham International Airport for seizure of 22,000 non-UK duty paid cigarettes, totalling £6,800.


Regulatory

Olivia has experience in prosecuting regulatory trials on behalf of City and District Councils. Recently working for Birmingham City Council, she successfully prosecuted an Environmental case regarding  waste disposal and breach of notices. She secured a conviction on behalf of Newark & Sherwood District Council regarding breach of a notice under the Town and Country Planning Act. She has prosecuted  Food Safety and Hygiene cases for Birmingham City Council.

In her licensing practice, she has acted for the respondent in a taxi appeal. She acted for  Derby City Council in the Crown Court in a taxi appeal following  complaints of harassment from passengers. Other such cases have included drivers who failed to declare previous convictions and those who refuse to aid disabled passengers.

Education

BA Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham – First Class
LLB Law, University of Birmingham – Upper Class 2.1
BPTC, University of Law – Very Competent
Inner Temple Exhibition Award 2017
Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award

Appointments and Memberships

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple