Victoria is a Managing Associate in the firm's Real Estate Dispute Resolution group, specialising in contentious issues relating to commercial and high-value residential property.
On a day-to-day basis, Victoria acts for a diverse client base including corporate and institutional landlords and occupiers, serviced office providers, high net worth individuals and property developers.
Victoria recently acted for the successful Applicant in Berkeley Square Investments Limited –v- Berkley Square Holdings Limited  UKUT 0384 (LC), where the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) granted permission for the modification of a long lease of a historically significant Berkeley Square townhouse (once home to Lord Clive of India) to permit use as a private members club, notwithstanding strong objection from the landlord.
In 2019 Victoria also acted for the successful Claimant in a five day proprietary estoppel and constructive trust trial relating to high value residential premises. The client succeeded in recovering possession of the subject premises and was awarded substantial costs.
Victoria has particular experience in dealing with expedited High Court possession proceedings, both generally and specifically in connection with political protests, having worked with clients to deal with the removal of anti-capitalist protestors in both RMC LH Co. ltd & Another –v- Persons Unknown  4274 (Ch) and Sun Street Property Ltd –v- Persons Unknown  EWHC 3432 (Ch).
She is also experienced in cross-border proceedings, having acted for the successful Claimant in an LCIA Arbitration relating to the exercise of a put option in the contract for the purchase of a major Ukrainian property development valued at in excess of $20m.
In addition to active litigation, Victoria regularly provides clients with strategic advice across a wide range of issues including: tenant insolvency (particularly retail and leisure CVAs and Administrations); breaches of covenants; vacant possession strategy; guarantees; break notices; possession actions (commercial and residential); dilapidations and disrepair issues; nuisance; service charge disputes; debt recovery proceedings; modification of covenants and business lease renewals (both unopposed and contested).
Victoria writes regularly for the property press and has featured in both Estates Gazette and Property Week on a number of different topics.
Berkeley Square Investments Limited –v- Berkeley Square Holdings Limited  UKUT 0384 (LC). Acting for the successful Applicant in a s.84 LPA 1925 application to modify the user restriction in a long lease to permit use of a historically significant Berkeley Square townhouse as a private members' club.
Acting for the successful Claimant/Part 20 Defendant in connection with a possession claim and proprietary estoppel counterclaim in respect of a high value residential property.
RMC LH Co. Ltd & Another v- Persons Unknown  4274 (Ch). Acting for the successful Claimant to secure an urgent possession order in the High Court against protestors from the Occupy London movement, who were trespassing in a prominent Grade II listed building in the City.
Acting for one of Ukraine's largest domestic corporations in relation to a dispute arising out of the purported exercise of a put option in a sale agreement, relating to a prime retail development in a major Ukrainian city. Previous Arbitration experience includes an IBA Arbitration concerning premises in Moscow.
Acting for a major investment bank in relation to securing vacant possession of a key multi-let retail asset. As part of this, Victoria successfully litigated an opposed lease renewal claim against a major UK retailer.
Acting for a well-known leisure brand in relation to a noise dispute at flagship premises.
Acting for National Asset Management Agency in relation to substantial High Court proceedings, which formed part of a wider suite of litigation that facilitated the completion of a £200 million asset sale.
Career History & Education
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, DLA Piper UK LLP
Trainee, DLA Piper UK LLP
LPC (Commendation), College of Law
Philosophy (First Class Honours), University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Articles and publications
Estates Gazette – "Section 84: A useful tool in the armoury" – January 2019
Estates Gazette – "When Scaffolding is too Close for Comfort" – March 2018
Property Week – "Protected Business Tenancies may not be so secure after all" - July 2017