Victoria is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group and heads the team in the Manchester office. She advises clients on the full range of risk management issues and commercial disputes, both nationally and internationally, with particular expertise in corporate and commercial trading disputes, IT and data breach issues, pensions and financial services industry disputes, and regulatory investigations.

    Victoria is recommended in both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories and following outstanding client feedback, was named as a star lawyer in the Thompson Reuters® Stand-Out Lawyers global database, where it was noted that she is “really good at choreographing complex litigation and bringing in experts and barrister support where needed. She’s also good at relationship building.” Chambers 2022 states: “She is commercially practical, client orientated and technically expert.”

    Victoria leads the Gender Diversity Resource Group as part of the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programme and joined the Northern Power Women’s Power List in 2020.

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    • Obtaining injunctive relief against a client's former employee for theft of confidential information and liaising with the ICO.
    • Assisting a chemical company resolve a dispute with a contractor over an aborted repair project at a water plant.
    • Advising a chemical company on a dispute over obligations under a supply agreement, settling on favourable terms prior to trial.
    • Advising a manufacturer on a ransomware attack.
    • Acted for a leading software supplier to the insurance industry on numerous claims by broker customers for loss of business and reputational damage arising from a data breach.
    • Acting for a large chemical company in a complex dispute over termination of an IT outsourcing agreement.
    • Acting for a software company in a dispute with a customer over unlawful diversion of business, including issues in relation to software audits, potential breaches of the Computer Misuse Act and applications for injunctive relief.
    • Advising pension scheme trustees and employers and IFAs in regulatory investigations conducted by The Pensions Regulator and the Financial Conduct Authority, particularly in the first exercise of certain regulatory powers.
    • Successfully defending a US$1.5 million claim for wages and expenses by a former employee of a multinational in the oil and gas sector, who was working outside the jurisdiction.
    • Defending the buyer of a personal protection equipment supplier in the oil and gas sector in a claim for breach of contract in relation to earn-out provisions of a share sale agreement.
    • Acting for a large company in a warranty claim against the vendor for fraudulent inflation of profits.
    • Acting for a US-based corporation in successfully defending a £1 million claim under the Commercial Agents Regulations.
    • Advising several sponsoring employers and trustees of pension schemes on professional negligence claims against former advisers.
    • Acting for the majority shareholders and directors in a shareholder dispute in a care home business.

    Education

    • College of Law, Guildford, L.P.C., 1994
    • Durham University, LL.B., (Horsfall Scholar)

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 1997

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers “Pensions Litigation Committee”
    • Manchester Law Society Civil Litigation Committee
    • Pensions Litigation Court User Committee
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2022 for Litigation, North West
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2022 for Pensions Litigation, UK-wide
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2022 for Pensions; Dispute Resolution litigation
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2022 for Commercial Litigation: Manchester
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2023 – Litigation
    • Northern Power Women – Power List 2020
    • Thompson Reuters® Stand-Out Lawyers

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