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Victoria Haberfield

Barrister

Call 2014

About Me

Victoria specialises in children law, both public and private law.
Victoria specialises in children law, both public and private law.

She is experienced in representing parents, guardians and local authorities at all stages of care proceedings and also has experience in contested adoption cases including private adoption applications. Often, she is instructed on multi day cases.

Recently, Victoria appeared in the case of Re A (flawed placement application) [2020] representing a mother and successfully opposed a placement order application and obtained a costs order against the local authority due to serious failings in the preparation of its placement application.

Victoria also has a busy private children law practice representing parents and children, including enforcement proceedings. She has particular experience in high-conflict cases and fact-finding hearings involving allegations of serious sexual abuse and domestic abuse.

Victoria is an experienced conference speaker and is happy to provide training in house. She also has experience of training social workers in preparation for giving evidence in care proceedings.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Victoria was a paralegal within a busy local authority child protection team. She worked on complex cases including those involving non-accidental injuries, child sexual exploitation and serious sexual abuse.

Following completion of her degree and masters in Philosophy, Victoria ran the Aimhigher Associates mentoring project in Greater Manchester, training undergraduates as mentors in schools and colleges to widen participation in higher education, often involving children from a care background.

Practice Areas

Children
Court of Protection

Education

BA (Hons) Philosophy, 2.1 (The University of Manchester)
Masters Philosophy, Distinction (The University of Manchester)
Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction (College of Law)
Bar Professional Training Course, Outstanding (BPP Holborn)

 

Professional Memberships & Associations

Family Law Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Family Law Bar Association

 

Awards and Scholarships

Buchanan Prize for Outstanding BPTC result, Lincoln’s Inn, 2014
Lord Denning Scholarship for the BPTC, Lincoln’s Inn, 2013
Gold Award, University of Law, January 2013

Chambers Awards

Chambers UK Bar
Leading Set 2020

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The Legal 500
Leading Set 2020

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Family Law Awards
Shortlisted 2019 Awards

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