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Victoria Hirst


Personal Profile

Victoria Hirst is an Associate in the Competition Group in the Innovation Department.

Victoria has experience in high value commercial disputes with a particular focus on competition litigation. She has acted in a successful application for a collective proceedings order in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She also represented an international organisation in its defence of a claim for unlawful collusion in the High Court.

During her training contract, Victoria was seconded to Global Media & Entertainment, where she advised on commercial, intellectual property, competition and governance issues.

Victoria acts as a legal mentor for two pro bono initiatives run in partnership with the Legal Advice Centre at Queen Mary University, SPITE (advising victims of revenge porn) and Pink Law (advising members of the LGBTQ+ community on a range of legal issues including discrimination and hate crime).

She also provides pro bono advice to clients of the Royal Court of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.

Key Experience

  • Acting for Justin le Patourel, the class representative, in a £600 million opt-out collective action brought against British Telecom in the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
  • Acting for an international organisation operating in the telecommunications sector in its defence of a claim for unlawful collusion.
  • Advising on potential claims arising from auditor negligence. 
  • Advising on interchange fee claims against Mastercard and Visa .
  • Providing competition law advice on licensing legislation in the submarine cable industry.

Career History

Trainee Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Assessor, Citizens Advice Guildford
University of Law, Legal Practice Course
University of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law
University of Bath, BSc International Management with Spanish

Articles and Publications

Government blocks Chinese takeover of UK tech firm on national security grounds
Government proposes reforms to UK competition and consumer law
CMA issues progress update on its study into electric vehicle charging sector
CAP and BCAP issue statement on Codes after Brexit transition period
ASA reviews ban on harmful gender stereotyping
CMA puts influencers and brands under pressure in demanding "behavioural shift" from Instagram


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