Victoria is a partner in our litigation practice and heads the team in the Manchester office.  Her particular expertise covers both litigation and alternative dispute resolution in domestic and international corporate and commercial disputes, IT disputes, fraud investigations, pensions disputes, financial services industry disputes, regulatory investigations and professional negligence claims.  

Victoria is recommended in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers UK 2015, which notes she is “considered to be particularly adept in complex and technical matters” and “very effective, pleasant to deal with and pragmatic.” Following outstanding client feedback, Victoria 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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  • 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.
  • Defending an insurance broker in a multimillion pound claim for breach of a referral agreement.
  • Advising clients on their obligations under Section 2 Notices issued by the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Advising the Trustee of the Carrington Wire Pension Scheme in relation to Contribution Notices sought against third parties by the Pensions Regulator.
  • Acting for a large chemical company in a complex dispute over termination of an IT outsourcing agreement. 
  • Acting for a US-based corporation in successfully defending a £1 million claim under the Commercial Agents Regulations.
  • Defending an insolvency practitioner in relation to a “Minded to Revoke” notice issued by the Office of Fair Trading in relation to its consumer credit licence.
  • 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.
  • Advising on a public interest disclosure investigation at a higher education institution.
  • Represented Yorkshire Forward in Harcup v Information Commissioner and Yorkshire Forward before the Information Tribunal regarding what constitutes personal data.

Education

  • College of Law, Guildford, L.P.C., 1994
  • Durham University, LL.B.

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 2018 for Litigation; Pensions Litigation, North West; UK-wide
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Pensions; Commercial litigation
  • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Pensions; commercial litigation
  • Recognised in Chambers and Partners UK 
  • Recognised in The Legal 500 UK, being described as "a gritty litigator", "combining great commercial awareness with excellent technical skills" and "helpful and pragmatic".

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