Victoria Holroyd

Victoria Holroyd

"I would never hesitate in recommending Victoria to a client for representation or advice."

Client, 2017

"Her straightforward manner and sensible approach is often able to bring a swift conclusion."

Client, 2017

"I have only ever had excellent feedback from clients represented by her."

Client, 2017

"Exceptional manner with clients and has the all important eye for detail."

Client, 2017

Practice Overview

Victoria’s practice focuses on family financial matters and civil work. She is instructed in a High Court, Family Court (sitting both in the County Courts and CFC) and County Court matters. She also represents parties in mediations. She is qualified and authorised to accept public access instructions.

Victoria’s main areas of work include:

  • Family financial
  • Commercial and contractual disputes
  • Trusts & equitable remedies (such as estoppel)
  • Schedule 1 cases
  • Inheritance Act disputes
  • Residential and commercial property
  • Personal injury

Victoria is highly numerate with a number of financial qualifications, an MBA and additional experience as an adviser and investment manager in private equity / venture capital.

Victoria is an effective negotiator who combines her first-hand business acumen with gravitas, proven skill as an advocate, sound practical common sense, tactical awareness and the determination to work hard to achieve the best possible result for her clients.

Victoria was awarded an Upper Second class degree in Jurisprudence by Oxford University in 1995. After taking a year out travelling, she completed the BVC at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar in 1997 having been awarded the Astbury Scholarship by Middle Temple. She completed her pupillage at 2 Temple Gardens in London and spent a number of years practicing on the Western Circuit at Godolphin Chambers in Cornwall before joining Pallant chambers. Her financial qualifications include Investment Management Certificate (UK Regulations & Markets; Investment Practice); Executive MBA (University of Edinburgh & École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées); Securities Institute Board Exams (Interpretation of Financial Statements, Investment Analysis).

ADR

Victoria has represented clients in a range of ADR in particular mediations relating to her areas of practice. Victoria is also able to provide early neutral evaluations.

Recent relevant experience includes:

  • Acting for a client in relation to the division of a farm and farming related businesses after a long relationship under TLATA
  • Acting for a number of claimants who were adult children (one with a disability) brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 where the beneficiary was the deceased’s recent, significantly younger foreign bride
  • Acting for the claimant in relation to a claim brought under TLATA and the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 where the claimant was the deceased’s long-term same sex partner and the deceased died intestate against the beneficiaries who were the deceased’s long-estranged family

Commercial Chancery

Victoria is instructed by businesses and individuals in commercial chancery matters. Her expertise includes contracts, construction, company law, director, shareholder and partnership disputes, and corporate and personal insolvency.

Recent examples of work and current instructions include:

  • Acting for a direct access client in proceedings brought by the liquidator of a company she had previously been a director of for misfeasance under s.212 of the Insolvency Act 2006 and a preference under s.239 of the Act. The case was further complicated by limitation issues
  • Acting for a client in a high-profile construction negligence case involving further potential litigation regarding contractual issues relating to a Sharia compliant Islamic mortgage alternative (Home Purchase Plan or HPP) based upon the Islamic finance principles of co-ownership (Diminishing Musharaka) and leasing (Ijara)
  • Acting for a client in a partnership dispute where the partnership had broken down and the client sought the recovery of investment made in the failed partnership

Property

Victoria is regularly instructed in co-ownership disputes particularly those involving the breakdown of a relationship where the parties were not married. She has also represented clients in residential landlord & tenant, commercial landlord & tenant and charges and mortgages matters (including Sharia compliant mortgage alternatives).

Recent examples of work and current instructions include:

  • Representing Shelter on the duty desk at Court on PCOL days
  • Representing several clients in concurrent TLATA and Schedule 1 matters related to the beneficial ownership of property under a constructive trust and linked Schedule 1 applications
  • Representing a client seeking possession of a property and resisting a TLATA application made by the occupiers of the property, the client’s ex-parents-in-law
  • Representing a client in a mediation against the estate of his deceased long-term same-sex partner in a TLATA and Inheritance Act claim
  • Representing clients seeking and opposing Occupation Orders
  • Representing a client in a potential action against a Sharia compliant mortgage alternative provider

Trusts, Estates, Probate and Private Client

Victoria’s practice includes contentious probate and administration, claims under the Inheritance Act 1975 and co-ownership disputes. Her principal areas of practice in this area are claims for adequate provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and claims under TLATA in relation to the beneficial ownership of Property.

Recent examples of work and current instructions include:

  • Representing several clients in court and advising on a number of concurrent TLATA and Schedule 1 matters related to the beneficial ownership of property under a constructive trust and linked Schedule 1 application
  • Acting for a client in mediation in relation to the division of a farm and farming related businesses after a long relationship under TLATA
  • Acting for a number of claimants in court and in mediation who were adult children (one with a disability) brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 where the beneficiary was the deceased’s recent, significantly younger foreign bride
  • Acting for the claimant in mediation in relation to a claim brought under TLATA and the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 where the claimant was the deceased’s long-term same sex partner and the deceased died intestate against the beneficiaries who were the deceased’s long-estranged family
  • Representing a client seeking possession of a property and resisting a TLATA application made by the occupiers of the property, the client’s ex-parents-in-law

Family

Family financial matters form a large part of Victoria’s practice. She is involved in all aspects of family financial from first appointment, FDR, final hearing, appeals, enforcement and applications to vary. Victoria also undertakes Schedule 1 cases.

Victoria’ family financial cases span from those where needs exceed assets to larger asset cases where arguments can successfully be made to exclude certain assets from the division such as inherited assets and those which were never intended to be part of the joint marital pot.

Victoria is highly numerate with a number of financial qualifications, an MBA and additional experience as an adviser and investment manager in private equity / venture capital. This gives her a particular advantage when dealing with more complicated financial affairs such as family businesses, trusts, company assets and farms.

Victoria’s husband is a Commander in the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) and she therefore also has an excellent first hand understanding of issues particularly affecting Navy marriages including the AFPS and post-Navy “Civvie Street”.

Examples of recent experience include:

  • Highly contentious case involving the division of a farm, several investment properties, pensions and an intervenor
  • Unusual small-money case concerning a houseboat as the FMH which went to appeal and has had further enforcement action
  • Case involving complex issues of company valuation and non-transferable significant private shareholding
  • Case concerning significant Civil Aviation pension assets. Many cases involving AFPS and other civil service pensions
  • Case concerning a short marriage producing a young child with small-matrimonial finances, overseas assets with disclosure issues and a significant post-separation inheritance