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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’.

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.

Victoria has completed secondments at the Pensions Ombudsman and a leading national firm in their pensions litigation team. She has 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.

Victoria has completed secondments at the Pensions Ombudsman and a leading national firm in their pensions litigation team. She has 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.

Highlights of Victoria’s recent pensions work includes:

  • Briggs & ors v Clay & ors – the £60m multiparty professional negligence claim arising from the judgment of Newey J in Re Gleeds. The interlocutory judgment concerning without prejudice privilege is reported at [2019] EWHC 102 (Ch).
  • Re P – acting in an application for directions in respect of equalisation.
  • Re P – acting in a rectification claim.
  • S v A Public Authority – advising and representing an individual in their claim against a large public authority involving issues of construction, the Imperial duty and estoppel.
  • B v A Public Authority – advising on a claim for misrepresentation arising out of a negligent benefit quotation.
  • Advising in respect of equality issues regarding a public sector scheme.
  • 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 the Pensions Ombudsman on a range of legal issues.
  • A v Secretary of State for Defence – representing a client in respect of their claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
  • M v PS – representing an administrator in a multi-party application to set aside a Third Party Debt Order. The claim involved complicated issues of when a pension entitlement crystallises into a debt and unauthorised payments for the purposes of the Finance Act 2004.

 

Appointments & Memberships

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

Victoria Brown is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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