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Victoria Brown commenced pupillage in September 2016 and is establishing a broad practice across Chambers’ areas of expertise.
Prior to pupillage, Victoria spent two years at the Home Office where she managed over 200 statutory appeals in the Court of Appeal and assisted with Supreme Court and ECtHR cases. During this period she also case-worked many judicial reviews.
During her BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) year, Victoria volunteered at a solicitors’ firm and a law centre covering a variety of public law matters. Her long-standing commitment to pro bono work is also evident in the successful appeal she brought on a social security matter through the Free Representation Unit. Victoria achieved an Outstanding grade for the BPTC and was given the ‘Most Successful Advocate’ Award in recognition of her advocacy achievements in examinations and external competitions.
She read law at the University of Durham where she received ‘The Durham Award’ for academic excellence and commitment to the wider community. She was elected President of the Mooting Society and has received a number of mooting accolades whilst representing the University of Durham, Kaplan and Gray’s Inn. Most recently Victoria won the Francis Taylor Building Kingsland Cup in the Supreme Court, appearing before Lord Carnwath.
In 2015 Victoria co-founded a non-profit organisation to raise awareness of forced marriage in schools, motivated by her previous pastoral work in a sixth form and as a mentor for a county council.
Since joining Outer Temple, Victoria has been involved in the following areas of work:
Victoria has appeared in a range of matters in the Employment Tribunal and County Court, spanning employment and personal injury law. She has also undertaken a variety of written work, including:
- Drafting submissions in relation to a challenge to the Spare Room Subsidy (colloquially known as the “Bedroom Tax”); and
- Assisting a police force with preparation for trial including settling witness statements.
With Sarah Crowther, Victoria assisted in a wide variety of personal injury, clinical negligence and employment cases including:
- Advising on the Package Travel Regulations, the Brussels I (Recast) Regulations the Rome II Regulations, the Athens Convention, asbestos claims, and the interpretation of s151 Road Traffic Act 1988
- Drafting particulars of claim, defences, counter-claims and replies
- Preparing for and attending a number of joint settlement meetings
- Researching and preparing grounds of appeal for a freedom of expression and religious discrimination case seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court; and
- Advising on quantification of damages pursuant to the law of other jurisdictions in light of expert evidence.
Assisted James Arnold in contentious and non-contentious matters employment matters, including:
- Preparing for multi-week Employment Tribunal claims spanning discrimination, unfair dismissal, protected disclosure detriment, breach of contract and TUPE
- Drafting an email and social media policy for a public authority
- Advising on the lawfulness of a dress code policy
- Drafting grounds of complaint, grounds of response, requests for further and better particulars, closing submissions and skeleton arguments; and
- Drafting pleadings in a matter involving both agency and employer relationships.
Assisted David E. Grant with a range of Chancery matters, including:
- Advising on rectification, equitable mistake, estoppel and misrepresentation
- Researching the duty of utmost good faith; and
- Attending conferences with professional and direct-access clients.
With other members of Chambers, Victoria has gained experience of matters of personal injury, clinical negligence, probate, employment and pensions, as well as Inquests and Court of Protection hearings. This has included assisting:
- Christopher Gibson QC in a clinical negligence matter with analysis of medical evidence and contemporaneous medical opinion, and advising on whether the same met the material contribution test
- Naomi Cunningham with preparing an automatic unfair dismissal claim; and
- In the preparation of strike out, summary judgment, interim payment applications, Part 21 claims and costs applications.
- Most Successful Advocate, Kaplan
- The Durham Award, University of Durham
- Winner, Francis Taylor Building Kingsland Cup
- Winner, Senior Moot, Gray’s Inn