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Victoria joined Chambers in September 2017 on completion of her pupillage and is instructed across the spectrum of Chambers’ core practice areas, in particular employment, pensions, commercial and public. She regularly appears in courts and tribunals and has represented clients in the High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal as well as various county courts and employment tribunals.

Victoria read Law at the University of Durham. She completed her BPTC at Kaplan where she was graded ‘Outstanding’ and received the ‘Most Successful Advocate Award’ for the combination of her performance in advocacy exams and external competitions.

Victoria regularly provides training and CPD to firms and directly to clients, ranging from seminars to practical tribunal training (see, for example, coverage in The Times of a recent session). She is a contributor to Lexis PSL and Atkins Court Forms.

Employment & Discrimination

Victoria has a busy employment practice and undertakes both advisory and litigation work. She regularly represents claimants and respondents across all levels of work, from preliminary hearings to judicial mediations to multi-week trials. She has experience across the range of employment matters, spanning discrimination, dismissal, TUPE, whistleblowing, breach of contract and wages claims.

Victoria is frequently instructed by global and national companies, including those listed in the FTSE 250. Victoria is also experienced in acting for public authorities and local governments, including Transport for London and the Prison Service. She regularly represents individual claimants and unions, such as Unite and GMB, as well as being Standing Counsel to the British Association of Journalists.

Victoria’s advisory practice spans opinions and policy drafting, covering both black letter law and topical matters such as social media and dress code policies. She is familiar with exit negotiations on behalf of employees and employers, as well as advising during disciplinary and/or grievance processes.

Examples of recent work include:

  • N v A Company –represented the claimant in a disability discrimination claim against a FTSE 250 manufacturing company. The case settled after cross examination for a figure in excess of the schedule of loss
  • O v A Company – defended a company against a fixed-term employee detriment claim and whistleblowing allegations of criminal activity by senior executives
  • A Trade Union v A Professional Body – represented a trade union in a TUPE failure to inform and/or consult claim against a professional body for a regulated profession
  • Y v A Local Authority – represented the claimant in a sex discrimination claim involving rumours of a sexual relationship between the claimant and a senior executive at the respondent
  • Bham v 2gether NHS Foundation Trust UKEAT/0059/17/DA – represented the appellant in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on a new evidence appeal
  • I v A Hotel – represented the claimant in a race and sex discrimination claim against a well-known hotel and bar in London. The case involved allegations of racist door policies and whistleblowing
  • Y v An NHS Trust – represented the claimant in an automatic unfair dismissal claim against an NHS Trust
  • U v 5 Respondents – represented the claimant in a two-day preliminary hearing addressing the correct employer following numerous TUPE transfers
  • Assisted Sarah Crowther QC with Ashers v Lee – the ‘gay cake’ case recently heard by the Supreme Court

Pensions & Trusts

Victoria is developing a broad practice in pensions and has advised in relation to construction, rectification, misrepresentation and exercise of powers. Victoria is the co-author of the War Pensions chapter in Atkins Court Forms and has contributed to Lexis PSL on Pensions.

In her first year of tenancy Victoria completed a 3 month secondment to The Pensions Ombudsman. She gained a range of experience in pensions disputes across a range of schemes from SIPPs/SASSs to statutory schemes, dealing with issues such as pension sharing orders, the Imperial duty, misrepresentation, ill-health and the exercise of discretions/powers. Victoria has since been instructed by the Ombudsman in a long-running project. She has a particular interest in complaints to and appeals from The Pensions Ombudsman.

During pupillage Victoria was supervised by David E. Grant and assisted with numerous pensions cases, covering issues such as rectification, equalisation, equitable mistake, estoppel and misrepresentation claims.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Victoria is currently instructed in a professional negligence claim in the pensions context led by Nicolas Stallworthy QC and Saul Margo
  • N v A FTSE 100 company – successfully applied for strike out on behalf of the Trustees of a FTSE 100 company’s pension scheme in a claim for restitution
  • Advising on procedural aspects of appealing to and from the Pensions Ombudsman
  • Advising on the exercise of discretions
  • Advising an individual on whether the actions of his employer breached the Imperial duty

Commercial & Chancery

Victoria regularly advises and appears in commercial matters covering economic torts and contractual claims. She has been instructed in claims relating to professional negligence, directors duties, debt claims including unpaid solicitors fees, property and regulatory compensation claims.

Recent work includes:

  • E v A Company – acting as sole counsel for the company in a professional negligence and deceit claim pleaded at £10million
  • N v A Bank – represented the claimant in s.140 unfair relationship claim arising out of a credit agreement
  • Assisting with a multi-million pound breach of contract claim
  • Advising and representing solicitors in professional negligence actions
  • Advising and drafting pleadings in professional negligence actions

Public Law

Victoria has drafted grounds of review and defence in a range of public law matters, including a challenge to the Spare Room Subsidy (colloquially known as the “Bedroom Tax”). She represents children and young people with special educational needs and volunteers for IPSEA.

Victoria has significant experience in immigration and asylum, having worked for UKVI before coming to the Bar. At UKVI Victoria was one of two individuals responsible for the management of Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases and assisted with ECHR cases.

Recent work includes:

  • Instructed by the Government Legal Department to review over 70 international trade agreements and advise on the likelihood of any relevant provision having direct effect
  • Instructed to defend a judicial review involving a high-profile asylum applicant subject to a freezing injunction
  • Representing a 14 year old who wished to name a further education institution in their EHCP

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

Victoria has a broad court and paperwork based practice in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She undertakes drafting of particulars of claim, defences, counter-claims and replies as well as advice on merits and/or quantum. In the clinical negligence context, Victoria has experience of failure to consent, physical and psychiatric damage claims. In personal injury, Victoria is particularly interested in Highways Act claims and travel law.

Victoria regularly appears in inquests both for families and institutional interested parties, particularly NHS Trusts and individual practitioners. Victoria is experienced in cases where Preventing Future Deaths reports might arise.

With Sarah Crowther QC, Victoria gained experience across the range of injury, illness and accident claims with an international element, including the Package Travel Regulations, the Brussels I (Recast) Regulations the Rome II Regulations, and the Athens Convention.

Recent work includes:

  • A v An NHS Trust – assisting the claimant in a clinical negligence claim for failure to adequately consent following the Supreme Court case of Montgomery
  • S v An NHS Trust – instructed by an NHS Trust in a clinical negligence matter involving a person involuntarily detained in a psychiatric hospital allegedly injured during use of restraint

Appointments & Memberships

  • Association of Pensions Lawyers
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • COMBAR
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

Awards

  • Most Successful Advocate, Kaplan
  • The Durham Award, University of Durham
  • Winner, Francis Taylor Building Kingsland Cup
  • Winner, Senior Moot, Gray’s Inn

 


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