Victoria Pigott Partner

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 7470
victoria.pigott@mishcon.com

Personal Profile

Victoria is a commercial litigator with considerable trial experience. In line with the Private department's profile, she acts for a wide variety of clients including high profile and high net worth individuals, corporations, families and family offices.

Victoria advises on complex commercial cases, including director and shareholder disputes as well as partnership issues and general contractual matters. She is experienced in the issuing and defending of freezing injunctions, acting in the important June 2013 decision relating to the scope of standard form freezing orders; Group Seven Limited v Allied Investment Corporation and others [2013] EWHC1509 (Ch).

Victoria began her career as a barrister, specialising in prosecuting and defending white collar crime. She continues to represent clients under investigation by criminal or regulatory bodies, as well as families and "interested persons" at inquests.

As part of her private client work, Victoria often advises in a wider range of disputes with schools and academic institutions ranging from admissions and expulsions to complaints and fee disputes.

Victoria is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association.

Key Experience

  • Successfully obtained judgment for the claimants in a 30 day Chancery Division fraud trial. The claims were made under Maltese law and concerned a €100 million fraud based on the alleged sale of Medium Term Notes. The claimants were victims of a 'sting' operation, groomed for 6 months by a group of highly sophisticated fraudsters who persuaded them to give up control of €100m. Mr Justice Peter Smith commented that it was "a very complicated case but it was made less complicated by the submissions". Currently acting on the enforcement proceedings arising from this matter in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acted for the chairman of a Russian bank in a dispute with former minority shareholder: Commercial Court trial October 2014 (listed 7 weeks, settled favourably after 3).
  • Representing several defendants in the Axiom Legal Financing Fund litigation; Chancery Division, trial listed October 2015 (10 weeks).
  • Acted for the long term partner of a high profile businessman obtaining a freezing injunction over €200m.
  • Represented a prominent Russian oligarch in a dispute with former business partner.
  • 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.
  • Regularly advising 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.
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Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
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)