Victoria is a senior associate in our Family team based in Exeter and joined Stephens Scown in 2019.
Qualifying from the University of Southampton and College of Law, she qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has 15 years of family law experience with specialisms in children matters including:
- Advising and representing parents in relation to which parent a child should live with and spend time with (residence and contact)
- Representing parents in matters involving social services when there are concerns and children are removed from their care
- Assisting and representing grandparents and other family members in children matters to obtain contact and to care for their grandchildren
- Complex children matters involving allegations of domestic abuse and parental alienation
- Experienced advocate in the family court.
Victoria’s recent work includes:
- Representing grandparents in court proceedings where a Local Authority (social services) did not agree their grandchild should live with them. Victoria applied to the court to obtain the care of the grandchild. The Court awarded the grandparents a Special Guardianship Order for their grandchild to live with them for the rest of her childhood
- Representing a mother in court proceedings where a Local Authority told the court that her child was not safe to be looked after by her. Securing the child’s immediate returning home with the mother. After seeing how well she cared for the child over 6 months, the Local Authority changed their mind and the court ordered that the child is to live with the mother
- Advising adoptive parents about their rights
- Obtaining the return of a child who had been abducted from the mother’s care by the other parent. Making urgent applications to court to obtain protective orders to secure the child’s return and ensure she remained safe in the mother’s care.
Victoria is a member of Resolution.
Outside of work Victoria is a trustee for a sports association and a competitive skater.