Olivia Maginn


Olivia Maginn is a transport and motoring law specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rothera Sharp Solicitors. Olivia is able to provide expert legal advice and representation to commercial operators, professional drivers and private motorists on a wide range of issues including licences, compliance, public inquiries and motorist defence.

Legal 500 states “in-house counsel Olivia Maginn is also recommended”. Olivia is recognised for her particular style of advocacy and is often instructed through referrals and word of mouth. She began her career at the Bar in London in Chambers before settling in the Midlands to practice. She has offered advice and representation on all criminal matters, regulatory proceedings and road traffic prosecutions. Olivia is instantly able to put her clients at ease through her very approachable nature and has an excellent record for success.

Olivia is very experienced in contested court hearings both in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court and will always endeavour to secure the best possible outcome for her clients. She appears in courts throughout England and Wales and sees her clients in the Nottingham office located in the Lace Market area of the City. Alternative arrangements can be made should attending the office be inconvenient.

Qualifications & Experience

Olivia has 20 years’ experience in dealing with transport, road traffic and regulatory law, providing expert legal advice and representation to commercial operators, professional drivers and private motorists on a wide range of issues. Olivia attended Nottingham Trent University and qualified as a Barrister in 1998. Between 1998 and 2002 she worked as a Barrister at Holborn Chambers in London, before joining New Walk Chambers in Leicester where she worked as a Barrister for 12 years. She joined Rothera Sharp in November 2014 and became an associate in June 2017.

Office Base

The Lace Market


Motorist Defence

Transport & Regulatory

Positions Held

In House Barrister
Crown Court Advocate

Areas of Specialism

Representation in Magistrates' and Crown Courts
Traffic Commissioners' Disciplinary and Environmental Public Inquiries
Motorist Defence & all Road Traffic Offences
Prosecutions for Goods & PSV Operators & Drivers
Advocacy at Trials, Appeals and Plea Hearings
Operator Licensing & Regulatory Compliance
Civil Penalties & Stowaways
International / Carriers Liability
Vehicle Seizures
Driving Licence Entitlements and Totting Up
DVSA Investigations
Representation at Coroners' Inquests
Health & Safety
Environment Agency Prosecutions




Road Haulage Association
East Midlands Freight Council
Nottingham Law Society
Lincoln’s Inn

Olivia Maginn - Rothera Sharp Solicitors, Nottingham

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  • “Olivia was so helpful and she did an amazing job with my case. I am really happy with the outcome. Thank you Olivia you were brilliant!”

    Preditah – Grime Music Composer

  • "I wanted to write to say how grateful I was to you for your help and support with my recent issue. You dealt with me personally with the utmost professionalism.  I was incredibly grateful to have you by my side."

    Rose Bedford

  • "I found myself in big trouble in a legal issue that I had no experience with. As a poetic public speaker with a tendency for romantic grandiloquence, I knew that I needed someone to represent me to present substantive and pertinent facts in court. From the outset Georgina and Olivia made me feel at ease with the entire process, and my outcome in court was worth ten times the fee. I hope to never need their services again, but I wouldn't hesitate to use Rothera Sharp if the circumstances arose."

    Mr Waleed

  • "Just a quick thank you to you and your team for all your hard work. We won the case so I’m very grateful for your hard work and very sound advice, without it I would be in a real mess, so again thank you."

    Chris Smith

  • "I cannot thank you enough for your excellent advice and service - first class service and first class result - I'm extremely happy. Thanks very much to you and your team."

    Jeanette Cheetham

  • "I had to deal with three professionals: Laura Newton, Olivia Maginn and Georgina Geddes. All of whom were fantastic! They put me to ease from the very start, right down to when I was being represented in court. Olivia delivered a fantastic case on my behalf and got the result I wanted and more importantly, needed. Thanks to everyone on the team. Highly recommended to all!"

    Uzair Makadam

  • "My deepest appreciation to Olivia. Before calling Rothera Sharp, I contacted couple of law firms and all of them were employing scaremongering tactics. Olivia put my heart at rest in the first instance and she delivered on the day in court. I recommend Rothera Sharp."

    Bernard Owusu

  • “Thanks so much to Olivia Maginn and the Team who did a great job dealing with my son’s case. Olivia was successful in achieving a short discretionary driving ban to avoid what could have been a much more serious outcome for my son and his career.”

    Kim Swinfield

  • “Olivia did a great job. I was really happy with the outcome of my case and really grateful to her for everything both in court and in preparation for my hearing. I am sure that without her I would have faced a 56 day driving ban so I am really pleased with the result in the circumstances.”

    Paul Fryer

  • "Just a quick note to thank you for your help. As you are aware my guys do thousands of miles in attempting to help veterans…so not only have you saved this guy’s licence but you might have saved a life or two as well. I cannot thank you enough for the professional and friendly way you dealt with this matter. I think that you are a star."

    Jim Davidson OBE, CEO Care After Combat

  • "I would like to thank you for your representation yesterday. Your friendly and professional manner made it a far less stressful ordeal. The positive outcome has enabled me to continue with full enjoyment of being a vehicle owner and the benefits involved."

    Steve Jones

  • “From the outset Miss Maginn answered all my questions in a concise and definitive way that ultimately gave me the confidence I needed to deal with my position. Throughout the process I never felt alone. Miss Maginn was able to persuade the Court to deal with me in a very lenient manner and ultimately I am now able to put the matter behind me and get on with my life.”

    Mr Courtney Dubois-Gay

  • "It’s a daunting experience to arrive to unfamiliar circumstances and surroundings when entering the Magistrates  Courts. The Barrister ,Olivia Maginn was there to welcome us and explain the process. She was extremely pleasant  moreover took the situation into her own hands , consequently, for me as a parent , I can’t tell you how helpful this was on such a stressful day for the family. Olivia was extremely well prepared and very professional in handling the case for us, I’m very sure that without this support , that my son would be looking at a completely different outcome from the Magistrates. Many thanks to Olivia for the support both leading up to and during the Case proceedings."

    Nigel Greaves

  • ‘A big thanks to Olivia Maginn and Alethea Lucas. Their prompt attention and practical guidance was very much appreciated.’

  • "I would like to say ‘thank you’ for all the help you gave me in court on the verge of my licence being revoked. You did a good job and I could not have done it without you. To keep my licence was remarkable. Thank you very much."

    Wayne Kennedy

  • "May I take this opportunity to thank you for your help and support through this terrible time. Your expertise, patience and understanding were a massive help and I really could not have got through this without you. Many thanks and best wishes."

    Ms Hill

  • “Just a quick email to thank you for your efforts last week and the way you dealt with the hearing. You were spot on with your advice”

    S Allcock, Rogers Spencer

  • "With Olivia's expert advice, Lorraine's detailed preparation and Anton's clear representation at court, the team at Rothera Sharp were able to keep me on the roads! I would not hesitate to recommend their services in any motoring offences case"

    Alex Vinall

  • "Instructions were clear and comprehensive and the case was prepared for Court in a meticulous manner…Very happy to accept instructions from Olivia Maginn at Rothera Sharp Solicitors.”

    Lucy Jones, High Pavement Chambers

  • "Specialises in road and freight transport law with regulatory advice at the core of the practice. In a major highlight, the group acted for an operator in an appeal against the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) regarding a charge of failing to use a tachograph and operating a goods vehicle without an operator’s licence."

    Legal 500, 2018

  • "Rothera Sharp Solicitors’ ‘exceptional’ department is particularly renowned for assisting commercial vehicle operators on a wide spectrum of transport law-related issues such as civil penalties, prosecutions and traffic commissioner public inquiries. Anton Balkitis and Olivia Maginn come highly recommended."

    Legal 500, 2016

  • "Demonstrating a ‘high understanding of client business requirements’... provides ‘superior service’ to clients dealing with public inquiries, prosecutions and appeals of court judgments as well as challenging the decisions of the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. Olivia Maginn is highly recommended"

    Legal 500, 2017