Victoria has particular expertise in international cases, especially child abduction cases, relocation, wardship and jurisdictional disputes.
Prior to joining Chambers, Victoria worked for two years (2010-2012) as lawyer to Lord Justice Thorpe, Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales, advising on legal issues relating to international child abduction and relocation. This work included specific issues arising under BIIR and the 1980 Hague Convention as well as responses to developments in European and international family law and policy. Victoria’s work featured in a number of judgments, including Tower Hamlets LBC v MK  EWHC 426 (Fam) and O v P  EWHC 2425 (Fam).
Victoria has lectured on the international movement of children, including to the judiciary and Hague Network of Judges. She has also been interviewed by BBC News, Radio 5 Live and Channel 4 News in relation to international child abduction, relocation and jurisdictional disputes. Victoria has also provided advise on English law in various jurisdictions including in America, India, St. Lucia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Victoria was invited by the French Ministry of Justice to participate at a judicial conference on European Family Law in Paris and the German Ministry of Justice to participate at a similar conference in Berlin. In February 2014, she was invited by the President of the Family Division to act as rapporteur to the Family Justice Council’s interdisciplinary Conference.
In March 2015, she was awarded the International Professional and Legal Development Grant to attend the 10th Anglophone-Germanophone Conference in London, hosted by the judiciary of England and Wales.
27th January 2017
Medway Council v MI and others  EWFC 59 (Fam)
Placement of children in Scotland. Theis J confirmed that special guardianship orders are recognised and enforceable in Scotland. Theis J said that whilst automatically recognised as though they were made in the Scottish courts, to enforce a SGO, the SG should make a registration application to the court that made the SGO.
11th March 2016 | Bailii
FK v ML (Chlid’s Objections)  EWHC 517 (Fam)
Sir Peter Singer orders a 13 year old child’s return to Dublin, despite his strongly held objections to such return, in proceedings brought by the father under the Hague Child Abduction Convention 1980
26th November 2015 | Bailii
W (Children) (Abduction: Striking Out)  EWHC 4002 (Fam)
Application by the mother at the PTR to strike out the father’s application for the return of two children to Spain and, in the alternative, for permission to instruct a psychologist to assess the mother’s fear of the father. Both applications were refused by Baker J
19th May 2014 | Bailii
Re G (A Child)  EWCA Civ 680;  WLR (D) 220
The issue for determination was whether a consent order providing for temporary leave to remove a child from the jurisdiction was final and brought proceedings to an end. The Court of Appeal held that this question should be determined as things stood at the time the order was made and could not depend on what happened next in the family’s life or even on what would be a sensible and practical way of going about things. Appeal dismissed.
13th December 2013 | Bailii
CI v VG  EWHC 4017 (Fam)
Whether an Order dealing with temporary removal from the jurisdiction was a final order concerning matters of parental responsibility within the meaning and understanding of Brussels II Revised.