Olivia Reader

Chartered Legal Executive


Olivia is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Restructuring and Insolvency Team. She advises insolvency practitioners undertaking both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Prior to joining Ashfords in 2011, Olivia graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Law.

Relevant experience

  • Professional services client: Successfully undertaking advocacy in the Small Claims Track, including persuading the judge that our client had a contractual right to costs above the fixed costs rules of Small Claims.
  • Various clients: Conducting debt recovery proceedings including pre-action correspondence, issuing claims, mediation, preparing for trial and attending trial.
  • Office holder: Advising Joint Liquidators in pursuing claims against and achieving a settlement with a former director and their connected company following the misuse of a Bounce Back Loan.
  • Private client: Advising a bankrupt in relation to the Trustee's possession and sale application, the extent to which exceptional circumstances could apply, and his options in buying out the Trustee's interest.
  • Office holder: Advising Joint Liquidators in pursuing claims against former directors in respect of overdrawn Directors’ Loan Accounts and claims for misfeasance in relation to transfers out of the company. Settlement was reached with the directors without the need to issue proceedings.
  • Office holder: Assisting in advising the Trustee in Bankruptcy of a bankrupt who had been living with his allegedly estranged wife for 13 years following their 'separation'. The Bankrupt's wife had purchased a property in her sole name, with no income and the Bankrupt acting as guarantor for the mortgage. We were successful in obtaining a significant beneficial interest in the property for the benefit of creditors.
  • Various clients: Appearing in Court, in particular for petitioning creditors, in Winding Up Petitions and Bankruptcy Petitions.

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