Victoria’s primary area of practice is criminal law. She is instructed on behalf of the Defence and the CPS in the Crown, Youth and Magistrates’ Courts in relation to a wide range of serious offences including firearms, drug supply, violence, fraud, dishonesty, road traffic and public order. She has also prosecuted on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions and the London Probation Trust, both in the Magistrates’ and Crown courts.
Her current instructions include a three-handed section 20 GBH trial, due to take place in early 2014. Recent instructions have included a junior brief on behalf of the first defendant in a case concerning conspiracies to cause explosions likely to endanger life and to issue threats to kill.
Victoria has particular interest in cases involving young or vulnerable defendants and witnesses.
Victoria has experience of dealing with quasi-criminal matters including Proceeds of Crime proceedings, Football Banning Orders, Health & Safety litigation and ASBO applications, and is keen to develop her practice in these areas of law.
Inquests and Public Inquiries
Victoria has experience of working on high-profile public Inquests and Inquiries and is well-versed in the relevant procedural and evidential legal principles. She hopes to establish work of this nature as a staple area of her practice.
Victoria was instructed in a ten-week secondment in late 2012 as assistant counsel to the Al-Sweady Inquiry, which is currently investigating allegations of unlawful killing and mistreatment of Iraqi nationals detained by the British Army in 2004.
In late 2013, Victoria completed a ten-week secondment at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, the solicitors to the Hillsborough Inquests. She assisted with the review and disclosure of voluminous amounts of evidence, which often engaged complex legal issues.
Public/ Direct Access
Victoria is authorised by the Bar Standards Board to accept instructions directly from members of the public Public/Direct Access scheme. She accepts instructions in all of her current practice areas.
Prior to pupillage, Victoria worked as a paralegal for a freelance solicitor with a serious crime practice, gaining valuable experience in cases of considerable gravity and complexity. She has considerable Pro Bono experience, having completed internships at the Texas Defender Service, TV Edwards LLP and the Howard League for Penal Reform.