Principal Solicitor
LLB, BA, BPPM (Hons)

Current practice

Victoria manages a range of complex and highly sensitive litigation in proceedings brought against the Victorian State Government.  This involves the provision of strategic legal advice and assisting clients navigate the complex litigation process, while managing all aspects of litigated claims from commencement through to trial.  She has expertise in child protection, criminal law, family violence, and civil litigation, and is a highly experienced advocate having worked extensively in both prosecutorial and defence roles, and appearing routinely in a range of hearings in the Magistrates' Court, Children's Court, and Supreme Court.

Experience

Victoria's role as a Principal Solicitor is complimented by her policy background having worked as an Advisor for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria) where her portfolio areas included Youth Policy, Education Policy, and Women’s Affairs. This experience affords her a unique understanding of government strategic frameworks, inter-agency relationships and stakeholder priorities.

In addition, Victoria has an active role in overseeing the development of legal staff, and has had primary responsibility for the development and implementation of a formal Training Program.  She has been a member of various Committees, panels and working groups, and in her spare time is engaged in volunteering activities, most recently with Guide Dogs Victoria and the community legal sector.

Victoria is passionate about children's rights, the rights of those marginalised and disadvantaged, and access to justice more broadly.  She has explored human rights abuses through research undertaken both domestically and internationally (India and China), and is currently undertaking a Master of Laws, focussing on international law and human rights.