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Unity Street Chambers - Bristol: A leading set of Barristers serving the South West and beyond

5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)
livia.pality@unitystreetchambers.com

Year of Call and Inn

2016 – Middle Temple

Professional details

Livia joined Chambers in 2019 after successful completion of her Pupillage.

Prior to joining the Bar, Livia worked at a Legal Aid criminal defence firm in Bristol, where she qualified as a Police Station Representative in 2013. Her years representing clients at interview and managing a Crown Court caseload gave her a thorough grounding in criminal law. She also worked as a Paralegal at a large multi-national law firm, dealing with criminal regulatory work in health and safety, healthcare and inquest matters for insurer clients. She has assisted in catastrophic injury claims and was instrumental in managing various complex cases.

Family

Livia’s approachable and personable manner has enabled her to develop an expanding family practice. She has acted in a wide variety of cases, including private and public children law matters and applications under the Family Law Act 1996 Part IV. She is instructed by applicants and respondents and has appeared in multi-day fact-finding and final hearings. Livia frequently deals with cases involving matters such as domestic abuse.

Crime

Livia is regularly instructed by both prosecution (CPS and Probation Service) and defence in criminal cases. She has appeared in multi-day trials in the Magistrates’ Court and has had significant experience with vulnerable witnesses and dealing with technical issues. She appears in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and has been commended by magistrates for her focused approach and clarity when presenting cases.

Civil

Livia accepts instructions in Small Claims and Fast Track matters as well as interim applications and infant settlement approval hearings.

Livia is an ADR-ODR international accredited civil and commercial mediator.

Formal Education

2014-2016: Bar Professional Training Course (University of the West of England)
2012-2014: Graduate Diploma in Law (University of Law, Bristol)
2009-2012: BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology (University of the West of England)

Awards and Prizes

Jules Thorn Major Scholarship (Middle Temple), BPTC Award, 2014
Jules Thorn Major Scholarship (Middle Temple), GDL Award, 2012