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 Acritas StarsTM global database. Chambers 2020 states: “Victoria is very knowledgeable and also thoroughly commercially minded and outcome focussed.” “She is easy to work with and is able to remain calm under pressure.”

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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 well-known food brand on termination issues arising on a number of facilities management agreements.
    • 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, 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.
    • 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 2020 for Litigation, North West.
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2020 for Pensions Litigation, UK-wide.
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2019 for Pensions; Commercial litigation.

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