Principal Solicitor
LLB, BA, BPPM (Hons)

Current practice

Victoria manages a range of complex and highly sensitive litigation for both issued and unissued matters. This involves the provision of expert and timely legal advice, managing litigated claims (defence, mediation, discovery, interrogatories, trial), regular attendance at conferences/mediations/court, conducting negotiations on behalf of the State of Victoria (State) with plaintiff firms, and appearing on behalf of the State in the Supreme Court. 
 

Experience

Victoria has significant expertise in Child Protection, Family Violence, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation, as well as providing clients with strategic legal advice while assisting clients navigate the complex litigation process to determine appropriate pathway to achieve the desired outcomes.  Prior to joining the VGSO Victoria worked extensively in both prosecutorial and defence roles, had conduct of complex and highly sensitive matters, and was involved in considerable advocacy given attendance at the Children’s Court of Victoria (Family and Criminal Divisions), Magistrates' Court, and Supreme Court, and mediations and conciliation conferences as part of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  In addition, Victoria attended a range of working groups and panel meetings. 
 
Victoria is passionate about Children's rights from a human rights perspective, and has explored human rights abuses and government responses through research undertaken domestically and internationally in jurisdictions including India and China.  
Victoria's role as a solicitor is complimented by her policy background having worked for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria) where she had responsibility for portfolio areas including: Youth Policy, Education Policy, and Women’s Affairs. This allows Victoria to have a unique understanding of government strategic frameworks. inter-agency relationships and an understanding of stakeholder priorities. 
 
In recent years Victoria has taken an active role in overseeing the development of legal staff, and had primary responsibility for the development and implementation of a formal Training Induction Program for solicitors new to the Children's Court jurisdiction, and sat on a number of committees where mentoring and training has been the focus.