Victoria is a robust advocate and highly experienced in care proceedings. She is persuasive and gives clear, fair advice. Victoria is noted for her sensitive approach to vulnerable clients and ability to manage difficult characters. Clients have commended Victoria for her problem-solving approach and valuable advice early on in cases, such as advising on experts, evidence and disclosure requirements.
Victoria receives instructions on a wide range of family law matters. She specialises in proceedings in relation to children, in particular in public law. She is experienced in the use of the inherent jurisdiction, including applications for contra mundum orders and injunctions.
Victoria is ranked in the 2020 Legal 500 for Family: Children.
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 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, injunctions and deprivation of liberty in care proceedings.
In private law children matters, Victoria acts in cases involving internal 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 also delivers lectures, seminars and training for solicitors and other professionals on matters relation to children proceedings.
Victoria is qualified to take on direct access work.
Children (public law and private)
International (child abduction)
Court of Protection
BVC (Very Competent), GDL (Commendation), College of Law
MA in International Relations, University of Essex
BA (Hons) History (2:1), University College London
Bar Vocational Course Exhibition (Inner Temple)
Many of our professional clients specifically request Victoria on cases because of her expertise, collegiate approach and robust presentation of their case. Our Designated Family Court judge has praised Victoria’s work, in particular her forensic knowledge of an extremely complex and high profile matter. She is incredibly helpful, diligent and a huge asset on any case.
Sarah Williams, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Victoria is dedicated and meticulous advocate who can find solutions for the benefit of all parties. Her skills at running complex cases efficiently and sensitively are second to none.
Gemma Hodder, Miles and Partners
‘Once you have instructed Victoria you can rest assured that your client and the case are in safe hands. Victoria has a forensic knowledge of the papers – she is so thorough and detailed in her approach, that she knows the case inside out.’ Legal 500, 2021
‘Is a most accomplished advocate – she prepares all her cases with skill and care and cross-examines witnesses with precision.’ Legal 500, 2020
‘She is prepared for anything.’ Legal 500, 2019
‘She is reliable and goes above and beyond the call of duty for clients.’ Legal 500, 2018