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 commercial disputes, both nationally and internationally, with particular expertise in IT and data breach issues, pensions and financial services industry disputes, regulatory investigations, and corporate and commercial trading disputes.

    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 Acritas StarsTM global database, 2018: Victoria “characterises her organisation. She is extremely responsive and extremely thorough.” She is “very imaginative … thoroughly responsive … knowledgeable, experienced”. Victoria is “innovative, knowledgeable, dedicated – worked all hours to get the job done, and responded rapidly”.

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    • Represented Yorkshire Forward in Harcup v Information Commissioner and Yorkshire Forward before the Information Tribunal regarding what constitutes personal data.
    • 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.
    • Advising on a public interest disclosure investigation at a higher education institution. 
    • 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 working outside the jurisdiction.
    • Acting for a large company in a warranty claim against the vendor for fraudulent inflation of profits. 
    • Advising clients on their obligations under Section 2 Notices issued by the Serious Fraud Office. 
    • 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 in relation to failed attempts to equalise normal retirement dates. 
    • Acting for the majority shareholders and directors in a shareholder dispute with a complex international element. 

    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, where she sits on the prestigious “Pensions Litigation Committee”.
    • Former Vice President (North) of the UK Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 
    • Council member of the Manchester Law Society and an active member of the local legal community.

    Languages

    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2019 for Litigation, North West.
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2019 for Pensions Litigation, UK-wide.
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2019 for Pensions; Commercial litigation.

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