Senior Associate

Experience

Victoria is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor. Victoria advises mainly employer clients on a broad range of employment law and HR issues including dealing with disability issues, employment matters involving safeguarding, vetting and barring all forms of discrimination, redundancy and restructuring, TUPE, employment status, interns and volunteers. Victoria undertakes a broad range of contentious work including representing clients at employment tribunals, negotiating settlements and judicial mediation.

Examples of recent work

  • Acted for Campbell Page Group Limited of Australia on transferring ownership of Campbell Page UK Limited to WISE Ability
  • Successfully defending a constructive dismissal, age and sex discrimination claim and achieving a £15,000 cost award in favour of the employer
  • Successfully defended a sex discrimination claim brought by an employee against a CEO
  • Defending a multi-day claim alleging a failure to make reasonable adjustments
  • Securing strike out of claims at preliminary hearings
  • Defending claims for failure to consult and unfair dismissal under TUPE regulations in multi-party litigation
  • Successfully defending claim brought by employee under the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations
  • Defending whistle blowing claim in the not-for-profit health sector
  • Acting on the case of X v Mid Sussex CAB (2012), in which the Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal and Employment Appeal Tribunal decisions that volunteers are not covered by the term "occupation" in the European Framework Directive for the purpose of protection from disability discrimination 

Qualifications and career

  • University of Birmingham, BA English, 2000
  • The College of Law, London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2001
  • Called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn, 2002
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2004
  • Qualified as a solicitor, 2008

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Member of Employment Law Association (ELA)
  • Member of Industrial Law Society (ILS)
  • Member of Volunteering England’s 2010 Volunteer Rights Inquiry
  • Acting for the CAB on the case of X v Mid Sussex CAB on a pro bono basis
  • Vice chairman of the management committee of London Fringe Musical Theatre Group

Employment knowhow from Victoria Cook