Victoria Roberts

Committee Member

Victoria undertook a common law pupillage and initially practised in criminal, civil and family law. She now practises exclusively in family law and the Court of Protection. She specialises in the law relating to children and is highly experienced in both private and public law. Victoria advises and represents all parties. Careful to promote the needs of vulnerable clients and regularly represents older children directly she works collaboratively with professional clients, advising at the earliest stages of a case about experts and disclosure and adopting a problem-solving approach. A robust and meticulous advocate Victoria has a forensic knowledge of the papers in her cases and is unflappable when issues arise unexpectedly in court. Her cross examination is precise and deliberate, and she is skilled at running complex cases efficiently and sensitively. Victoria has an excellent reputation in child protection cases appearing at all levels of the Family Court. She appears in the High Court both with and without a leader and has appeared in the Court of Appeal. Victoria is regularly instructed in the most complex care proceedings, including in cases involving alleged non-accidental injuries (fractures, shaking, bruising), fabricated induced illness, sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation, radicalisation, FGM, and forced marriage. In private law children matters, Victoria acts in cases involving international issues, such as child abduction and leave to remove applications. She is also instructed where there are serious allegations of domestic violence and abuse requiring fact finding hearings. Victoria also delivers lectures, seminars and training for solicitors and other professionals on matters relation to children proceedings. Victoria accepts instructions on a direct access basis in suitable cases.