Victoria acts for both claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy, malicious falsehood, data protection, harassment, and other media related actions. Named in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ 2013 as “a go-to counsel on expanding and critical areas of media law“, she is recommended as a defamation junior in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
Victoria has been instructed as a junior in some of the most high profile libel trials of recent years: Mitchell v NGN, Cruddas v Times Newspapers Ltd and Yeo v Times Newspapers Ltd. She secured an award of £200,000 damages for Nadhim Zahawi MP in his claim against Press TV. Current cases include:
- acting (with Jonathan Barnes) for the claimants in the group litigation data breach claim against Morrisons
- acting (led by James Price QC) for Johnny Depp in his libel claim against News Group Newspapers Ltd
Acting for claimants she successfully obtained compensation and an apology for a claimant in respect of a publication in a professional journal, and has advised on numerous Offer of Amends cases resulting in substantial damages being obtained by her clients. She obtained judgment for a firm of solicitors who brought a libel action in respect of a posting on the website ‘Solicitors From Hell’: Awdry Bailey Douglas & Anr v Kordowski.
Victoria’s defendant practice includes: sole counsel at trial for the successful defendant David v Hosany; acting for the defendant newspaper in Reid v (Newsquest Midlands South) Ltd; acting as junior Counsel for the successful defendant in Sobrinho v Impresa Publishing SA; acting as junior Counsel for the Evening Standard in a libel action brought by a former Conservative MP: Lait v Evening Standard Ltd at first instance and in the Court of Appeal; acting as sole counsel for the defendant in Buckley v Dalziel, the first case to establish that absolute privilege applies to police witness statements; and as sole counsel for the successful defendant in the abuse of process case: Williams v MGN Ltd . She has successfully struck out numerous libel claims on behalf of her clients and also regularly advises on practical steps online publishers can take to minimise their potential liability.
In addition to her defamation practice, Victoria regularly acts for and advises individuals and companies who are the victims of online campaigns of harassment. She was recently successful in obtaining a final injunction for a school whose pupils had been targeted via an “anonymous” Facebook page.
Victoria has developed a particular speciality in Norwich Pharmacal applications. She also advises on related issues under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Previous cases of interest include:
- obtaining an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 for a performing artist touring in the UK
- securing the removal of her clients identifying details from an article published on a major newspaper’s website
- acting for a “citizen journalist” defendant facing a £50,000 libel claim in respect of his website: the claimant discontinued after the Defence was served
- obtaining damages and an apology in relation to a defamatory “tweet”
- sole counsel for various media clients resisting an application for part of a high profile trial to be heard in private: McKillen v Misland & Ors
- junior counsel for a newspaper striking out a malicious prosecution claim: Qema v NGN
- acting as junior counsel for a company against a former employee in relation to defamatory statements in anonymous letters – Jon Richard v Gornall
- obtaining an order for disclosure of the identities of anonymous online forum users, and subsequently obtaining an order for inspection of the defendant’s computer server: Patel v Unite
Victoria regularly provides pre-publication advice to newspapers, publishers, magazines and television companies and has advised media clients on election law issues and resisting production order applications under PACE.
Victoria is public access accredited and can be instructed directly by members of the public and companies in suitable cases.