Practice Profile

Victoria is a specialist family law barrister with a practice in both children and financial remedies, and a particular interest in surrogacy law.

 

Victoria has a BA in Jurisprudence (Law with Law Studies in Europe) from Jesus College, Oxford University.

 

As well as practising as a family law barrister, Victoria is a fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, sitting in the Special Educational Needs and Disability jurisdiction.

 

In 2014 Victoria was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship and undertook a placement at the Crown Law Office in Wellington, New Zealand. Victoria assisted with a wide range of work, including family cases.

 

For two terms following pupillage Victoria was the Court of Appeal Judicial Assistant to the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Justice Carnwath (as he then was).

 

Victoria has undertaken Advocacy and the Vulnerable training, delivered by Middle Temple.

 

Victoria is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public.

 

Practice

Victoria has considerable experience of care and placement order proceedings representing local authorities, parents, grandparents and children. She has acted in cases involving issues of alleged non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, physical abuse, mental health difficulties, and capacity to conduct the proceedings. Victoria has experience of forced marriage protection orders, secure accommodation orders/deprivation of liberty issues, designation disputes, and the steps that should be taken if a child is abducted whilst in the interim care of a local authority. Victoria regularly appears in public children law cases raising international issues including jurisdiction, and delivers seminars on International Aspects of Care Proceedings for MBL Seminars Limited.

 

Victoria regularly appears at all stages of private children law proceedings and has a particular interest in proceedings concerning removal of children from the jurisdiction, both on a temporary and permanent basis. Victoria has acted in relocation disputes involving Hague and non-Hague states, and has experience of representing clients in permanent relocation cases raising questions of mirror orders. Victoria recently co-presented a webinar for Lexis Nexis on recent developments in private children law.

 

Victoria has a particular strength and specialism in surrogacy law, and appears in and advises upon applications for parental orders following surrogacy arrangements entered into abroad. Victoria has experience of parental order applications raising complicated domicile issues. Victoria co-authored a book ‘Surrogacy: Law, Practice and Policy in England and Wales’ published by Lexis Nexis in March 2018. Victoria regularly presents surrogacy seminars, including a Masterclass on Parental Orders and Surrogacy Arrangements for MBL Seminars Limited. Victoria co-presented a webinar for Lexis Nexis on surrogacy issues in November 2018. Victoria is always pleased to assist and advise from an early stage in preparation for these complex applications.

 

Victoria appears in and advises upon financial remedy proceedings from first appointment to contested final hearing. Victoria has appeared in cases involving allegations of serious non-disclosure and conduct. Victoria has experience of advising upon variation, enforcement and maintenance pending suit applications. Victoria is also well-versed in applications brought under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989, and child maintenance matters.

 

Victoria has a keen interest in Court of Protection work, and has co-authored a text ‘Dementia and the Law’, published by Jordan Publishing in 2014.

 

Notable Work

Victoria represented the local authority in Re J (A Minor) [2016] EWHC 2595 (Fam), an application for a reporting restriction order following care proceedings. Hayden J decided that the mother should be prevented from speaking in the media about any aspect of ‘gender dysphoria or gender identification’ in so far as they related to the child.

 

Victoria appeared as a junior in the case of Birmingham City Council v D [2016] EWCOP 8 concerning deprivation of liberty in relation to 16 and 17 year olds who lack capacity.

 

Publications

‘Surrogacy: Law, Practice and Policy in England and Wales’ co-author; published by LexisNexis in 2018.

‘Dementia and the Law’ co-author; published by Jordan Publishing in 2014.

Victoria regularly writes case summaries published by Family Law Week.

 

Prizes and Scholarships

  • Lord Denning Scholarship
  • Cholmeley Pupillage Studentship
  • Pegasus Scholarship.

 

 

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association (Elected Committee Member)
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

 

Other Activities and Interests

Victoria enjoys art, cycling (she has twice completed the annual 100 mile Ride London course), cookery, and collecting second hand books.







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