Called in 2009
Legal 500 (2017)
Victoria undertook a common law pupillage and initially practised in criminal, civil and family law. She now practises exclusively in family law and specialises in proceedings in relation to children.
Victoria receives instructions on a wide range of family law matters. She has significant experience of complex care proceedings, acting for local authorities, parents, connected persons and children’s guardians. She is regularly instructed in cases involving:
Allegations of non-accidental injuries, including with conflicting medical evidence and management of rehabilitation plans;
Allegations of sexual abuse;
Allegations of radicalisation;
Forced marriage and forced marriage protection orders;
FGM and FGM protection orders;
Child sexual exploitation;
Cultural and religious concerns;
Vulnerable parties and parents with learning difficulties;
International elements, including where jurisdiction may be in issue and placement out of the jurisdiction.
Victoria is experienced in the use of the inherent jurisdiction, including applications for contra mundum orders and injunctions.
In private law children matters, Victoria acts in cases involving international issues, such as child abduction and leave to remove applications. She is also instructed where there are serious allegations of domestic violence and abuse requiring fact finding hearings.
Victoria is also instructed in proceedings under the Matrimonial Causes Act, TOLATA and the Family Law Act.
Victoria is noted for her sensitive approach to vulnerable clients and ability to manage difficult characters. Clients have commended Victoria for her robust, problem-solving approach and valuable advice early on in cases, such as advising on experts, evidence and disclosure requirements.
Victoria also delivers lectures, seminars and training for solicitors and other professionals on matters relation to children proceedings.
What clients say;
"Victoria has great attention to detail and is always well prepared with a pragmatic and child focused approach. She is very approachable and enormously helpful" - Alison Leivesley - Head of Family Department - T V Edwards LLP
Victoria is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access to Barristers scheme and will accept instructions in appropriate cases.