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Victoria Brown

Victoria Brown

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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

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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