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Victoria Pigott, Partner, Mishcon Private

Victoria Pigott


Personal Profile

Victoria is a Partner in Mishcon Private, a commercial litigator acting for a wide variety of clients; high net worth individuals, corporations, families and family offices.

Victoria advises on complex commercial cases, including family business disputes, director and shareholder disputes as well as partnership issues, general contractual matters and fraud. She is experienced in the issuing and defending of freezing injunctions, asset protection and defending extradition requests.

As a key part of her private client work, Victoria acts as a trusted advisor - assisting her clients with any dispute that might arise, including issues between partners (business and romantic), disputes over gifts/loans, problems involving children/their education or issues with friends and family.

Victoria sits on the Board of Mishcon Private, being Division Head for three practice areas in the Department; Private Commercial Litigation, Reputation Protection and Art Law. Her role as Divisional Head for these practice areas provides Victoria with access to a wide range of specialities and skill sets, so crucial for ultra high net worth individuals and their diverse requirements.

Victoria is recommended in the Tatler High Net Worth Address book and Spear's 500.

Key Experience

  • Acting in family dispute across over 20 jurisdictions worth over £3bn.

  • Acting in family business dispute worth over £100m.

  • Acting in family trust dispute worth over £400m.

  • Acting in shareholder dispute worth over £100m.
  • Acted for an ultra high net worth individual in two successful claims, after separate three-month trials (and subsequent appeals), in dishonest assistance against accountants, solicitors, Swiss bankers and intermediaries alleged to have facilitated an elaborate multi-jurisdiction fraud.
  • Part of the team that brought the largest private prosecution to date which resulted in 8 years' imprisonment for the defendant.
  • Defended a £300m fraud claim by a pharmaceutical company against an individual.
  • Acted for the long term partner of a high profile businessman obtaining a freezing injunction over €200m.
  • Acted in a partnership dispute between former business partners who had been involved in a private equity acquisition of an Italian power company.
  • Settled a family dispute involving the division of over £100m of London properties.
  • Acted in a high value dispute between two charities.
  • Lead partner on:
    • Group Seven v Nasir and others [2019] EWCA Civ 614; [2019] PNLR 22 and [2017] EWHC 1928 (Comm); [2018] PNLR 6; and
    • Group Seven v Sultana and others [2013] EWHC 1509 (Ch); [2014] 1 W.L.R. 735 (now the leading case on the effect of freezing injunctions against one-man companies) and [2014] EWHC 2046 (Ch) (three-month trial) and [2015] EWCA Civ 631.
  • Regularly advises shareholders about their ability to bring claims against majority shareholders as a result of actions by the board and the conduct of a business generally.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Assistant, Mishcon de Reya
Tenant, 23 Essex Street
BPP (BVC), Bedingfield Scholar, Gray's Inn
City University (PgDL), David Karmel Award; City University Award
Cambridge University, New Hall, Social and Political Sciences (BA Hons)

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