Professional information

  • 2020: Called to the Bar. Devilmasters: John MacGregor QC, Paul Reid and Tony Lenehan
  • 2019 – 2020: Faculty Scholar (joint), Faculty of Advocates
  • 2016 – 2019: Solicitor in private practice
  • 2016: Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in professional negligence law
  • LLB (Hons), University of Glasgow (2003); Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow Graduate School of Law (2004)
Professional experience

Victoria’s principal areas of practice are in professional liability, professional discipline and commercial disputes. She advises professionals and their insurers on a variety of disputes ranging from the defence of claims and complaints to coverage questions and other ancillary matters.  Victoria has experience of defending a wide range of professionals, including legal professionals, medical professionals, accountants, IFAs, brokers, architects, engineers, surveyors and teachers.

Prior to calling to the Bar in 2020, Victoria was a solicitor in private practice with some of Scotland’s leadings commercial and insurance firms. In 2016, she was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in professional negligence law.

Victoria has experience of litigating in the Commercial Court, the Outer and Inner Houses of the Court of Session and the Sheriff Courts. She has defended professionals in complaints before the SLCC, the Law Society of Scotland and ICAS. Victoria also has experience of resolving disputes by way of mediation.

Victoria is instructed as junior counsel to the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry.

Notable cases

Public and Administrative Law

  • 2021: Instructed as junior counsel to the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry

Commercial

  • Cheyne v Alfred Cheyne Engineering Ltd 2021 SLT 405
    Victoria appeared as junior counsel for the petitioners who sought orders under ss.994 and 996 of the Companies Act 2006. At debate, the petitioners successfully resisted the second respondent’s attempt to have the petition dismissed as an abuse of process. The second respondent argued that the petitioners had refused a reasonable offer of settlement and ought not to be entitled to proceed with the petition. The court held that while it was competent for a Scottish court to dismiss an unfair prejudice petition as an abuse of process, it was not appropriate to do so in this case.