A dedicated, diligent and conscientious barrister with eleven years’ experience (pre- and post-call) of working within the public sector, Victoria is experienced in various aspects of public and administrative law and criminal prosecution.
Victoria joins EA Law - East Anglian Chambers from chambers in Leicester following a period of sabbatical leave in which she undertook various in-house local government placements.
Having worked in the Crown Prosecution Service since 2005, Victoria undertook pupillage with the CPS Special Crime Division and worked on some notable cases such as the MP’s expenses matters and the prosecution of Jon Venables.
In pursuing her passion for public and administrative law Victoria has gained experience in all types of local authorities, from district and borough councils to county and unitary authorities. She has also provided advice to parish councils on various aspects of their powers and administration of meetings.
Victoria is able to draw on her experience of advising in sensitive and high profile situations in both local government and the CPS when considering the various aspects of decision making in regulatory matters, application of policy and general administrative law for both public and private sector clients.
Victoria has a particular interest in statutory interpretation and application of public policy to decision-making and matters concerning vires
Public Law and Judicial Review
Local authority governance
Victoria has notable experience in dealing with matters surrounding councillor motions, issues arising in the application and interpretation of articles of local authority constitutions, emergency decision making, operation of all types of governance structures, schemes of delegation, roles and responsibilities of statutory officers, policy and constitutional amendments. She has experience of dealing with complex data protection and EIR matters and sensitive FOI requests.
Victoria’s experience in acting as Deputy Monitoring Officer for a district authority during her sabbatical, coupled with her experience of advising local authority committees and sub-committees, means she is particularly aware of the pressures faced and the need for timely yet robust and sound advice. She is able to offer advice at short notice in this regard.
Victoria is experienced in advising through all stages of judicial review from pre-action through to the assessment of costs particularly in relation to planning decisions. She is also experienced in advising on statutory appeals.
Planning and Environment
Victoria is experienced in advising on planning appeals, development plan examination, planning obligations and Ombudsman recommendations. She has also advised on permitted development, concealment and lawfulness matters. Victoria is also experienced in providing advice to Highway Authorities and on breaches of s.38 agreements.
Victoria is able to combine her significant experience of criminal procedure, practice and advocacy with her experience and insight of local government law and to provide an all-encompassing, knowledgeable and insightful service to clients. She is experienced in advising in the following types of matters :
Breach of planning control (including advising upon merits of injunctive proceedings and temporary stop notices)
Housing Act 2004
Environmental Protection Act 1990
Criminal Bar Association, Family Law Bar Association, Lawyers in Local Government