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Victoria is a civil and commercial practitioner with a particular focus on pensions, employment, commercial and financial services disputes.
She regularly appears in courts and tribunals and has represented clients in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Court and Employment Tribunal. Victoria also has significant international experience, and has worked on cases involving the European Patent Office and the Astana International Financial Centre. Victoria acts for and against individuals, public authorities, FTSE 100 companies, senior executives, major financial institutions and NHS Trusts.
Her recent work includes a £60m multi-party professional negligence claim, acting as sole counsel in a multi-track negligent reference claim and successfully acting in a multi-day breach of contract claim involving restrictive covenants.
She is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.
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). She is a contributor to Lexis PSL and Atkins Court Forms.
Before coming to the Bar Victoria read Law at the University of Durham. She was graded ‘Outstanding’ on the Bar Professional Training Course and received the ‘Most Successful Advocate Award’.
Employment & Discrimination
Victoria has a busy employment practice and undertakes both advisory and litigation work work in the Tribunals and County Courts. 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.
- N v A Public Authority – acted for the public authority in a complex case as to the definition of ‘necessary’ and various functions with the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977.
- O v A Company – defended a company against a fixed-term employee detriment claim and whistleblowing allegations of criminal activity by senior executives.
- Acting for various employers defending equal pay claims involving all aspects of equal work and genuine material factor defences.
- 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.
- AB v A Public Authority – represented the claimant in a sex discrimination claim involving admitted sexual assault by a senior executive.
- N v A Company – successfully resisted an unfair dismissal and breach of contract claim by a senior executive against a global corporation. Counter-sued for breach of restrictive covenants.
- 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.
- Being led by James Arnold in a large discrimination claim on behalf of the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset.
- 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
- Bar Pro Bono Unit
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Areas of Law
- International Organisations
- Clinical Negligence
- Commercial & Chancery
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Employment & Discrimination
- Pensions & Trusts
- Personal Injury
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law