Olivia Checa-Dover

Olivia Checa-Dover

Called to the Bar 2007/Lincoln’s Inn

  • University of Durham LLB (Hons): 2:1
  • BPP Law School (Bar Vocational Course): Outstanding
  • Recipient of the Buchanan Prize
  • Pupil of Ian Skelt and Amanda Denton, KBW
  • Regional Panel Member of Junior Counsel to the Crown
  • Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Hearings
  • External Assessor with the College of Policing
  • Deputy District Judge
Area of Practice: Police

Legal 500 2018: ‘Extremely bright, with a persuasive advocacy style.’

Legal 500 2017:  ‘She has an exceptionally sharp mind and an eye for detail.’

Practice Summary

Significant experience representing Chief Constables in actions against the police involving allegations of false imprisonment, personal injury claims, malicious prosecution and cases arising out of the seizure and disposal of property.

Represents interested persons in inquests relating to deaths in police custody and prisons, including the representation of an Assistant Chief Constable and three police constables in a two-week inquest involving highly complex procedural and causation issues.

Olivia has vast experience of acting in Police Misconduct Hearings, Special Case Hearings and Police Disciplinary Appeals across the country. She has extensive knowledge of the procedures involved prior to the hearing, e.g. arguments relating to evidence admissibility, and is able to advise swiftly on the same in order to achieve the most favourable outcome.  Olivia also sits as a Legally Qualified Chair.

Regularly instructed to represent the police in employment tribunal claims, with a specialism in discrimination cases, work-related stress and constructive dismissal arising out of alleged bullying and/or victimisation.

Substantial amount of experience in disclosure applications relating to family proceedings, both requesting evidence filed in Family Law proceedings and resisting orders made by the Family Court for disclosure from the police during ongoing investigations, (C2 applications).

Greatly experienced in applications for sexual harm prevention orders, sexual risk orders, injunctions to prevent gang-related violence, football banning orders, cash forfeiture and appeals against the revocation or refusal to grant firearms/shotgun licences.



Equality Act Claims Against the Police (Westlaw Insight article) [2013]