Victoria regularly represents bereaved families and other interested persons at inquests, including jury and Article 2 inquests. She has acted in inquests into work-related accidents, industrial disease, road traffic accidents, prison deaths, hospital deaths, and suspected suicides.
Recent cases include:
• Represented the Ministry of Defence in a long-running inquest into the suspected suicide of an army veteran. The Coroner conducted a wide-ranging examination of systems and practices for preventing and treating mental health issues arising from combat-related trauma, transition to civilian life and healthcare, aftercare and financial packages for veterans medically discharged from the armed forces, and the availability and quality of NHS mental health care for veterans;
• Represented the family of a university student who committed suicide just prior to undertaking a set of exams. The Coroner examined the actions of the university and NHS mental health teams and the communication between the two and noted missed opportunities to intervene;
• Represented the Ministry of Justice at a jury inquest into the suspected suicide of a prisoner. The Coroner conducted a detailed examination of the policies, procedures and actions of healthcare, custodial and probation staff at the prison, and the extent of communication between the various staff of raised markers for suicide and self-harm;
• Represented the bereaved family at inquest concerning a multi-vehicle road traffic accident.
She is currently instructed as one of the junior counsel for the Home Office on the Undercover Policing Inquiry, reviewing and advising on disclosure and evidence, and attending evidential hearings.