I specialise in public law disputes and commercial dispute resolution for governing bodies and organisations. I have considerable experience of complex judicial review challenges, contentious procurement and commercial disputes. I advise on all aspects of litigation, representing clients in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and I have considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation and without prejudice negotiation.
I have acted on numerous complex judicial review challenges relating to decisions on funding, large-scale outsourcing projects, the restructuring of public bodies and the reduction or consolidation of public services. I also advise public sector bodies on their statutory powers and duties particularly in respect of consultation and obligations arising under the Equality Act 2010, with a view to mitigating the risk of challenges or disputes where difficult decisions have to be made. In addition, I specialise in procurement law, regularly advising clients (including NHS commissioners) on their obligations, rights and options arising under the procurement regime and representing both those bringing and defending procurement challenges.
In terms of commercial disputes, my work mainly involves advising public sector bodies on contract disputes, particularly those arising in local government and the health sector (often under the NHS standard form contracts).
I have written several articles including:
Legal 500 Spotlight: Olivia Carter
Update: Can I exit my contract as a result of Coronavirus?
Stroke services and the duty to involve
I was very impressed with Olivia Carter’s legal skills; we were seeking specialist skills in litigation which we do not have in-house. Also her ability to work with us as part of the team. Olivia was always very client-oriented.