Victoria Heasman

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Barrister

Victoria joined Chambers in October 2014 after the successful completion of her pupillage, and has developed a busy practice since then. She accepts instructions from claimants and respondents and deals with all stages of proceedings. She is often instructed in complex multi-day hearings as well as providing written advice on liability and remedy.

Victoria deals with all areas of employment including discrimination, harassment, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal.

Recent cases include
  • Successfully achieving compensation of approximately £45,000 while representing a claimant at a four day hearing involving claims for disability discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments and unfair dismissal.
  • Acting for a claimant in a four day merits hearing concerning sex discrimination and harassment, which included claims for automatic unfair dismissal, victimisation and post-termination victimisation relating to a protected disclosure.
  • Representing a claimant making claims for religious discrimination and harassment. The case involved a colleague making a derogatory comment towards the claimant and the subsequent management of the grievance raised.
  • Successfully representing a respondent in a two day merits hearing concerning constructive unfair dismissal following the investigation of the claimant for apparent wrongdoing.
  • Representing a claimant who was found to have suffered a detriment after making qualifying disclosures whilst working in the health and social care sector.
  • Successfully representing the first respondent employer in a wrongful dismissal claim brought in the county court, which concerned a claim of constructive dismissal after a CRB check revealed previously undisclosed criminal convictions.
  • Acting for a respondent accused of disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation and achieving a result where all claims against her client were dismissed.

Qualifications

2011 to 2012       BPTC, University of the West of England (Outstanding)

2007 to 2010       Law LLB, University of Bristol

Awards

Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship, 2016

Inner Temple Outstanding BPTC Prize, July 2012

Interests

Victoria is a qualified SCUBA diver and enjoys singing.

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  • Employment - 8, December
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    Employment Relations Authority – a different approach

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    Posted by Victoria Heasman

    It is now officially summer here in New Zealand and to completely confuse me I had my first mince pie on the first day of summer! No white Christmas for me this year! Since my last blog I have visited the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), something I have mentioned in a couple of my previous … Continue reading Employment Relations Authority – a different approach

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  • Crime - 23, November
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    Earthquakes and gang culture – an update from New Zealand

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    Posted by Victoria Heasman

    The last few weeks have been hectic, both in court and outside. Having been due to spend two weeks with the Crown Law Office (the body which provides legal advice and representation services to the government) I flew to Wellington on 13 November only to be woken at midnight by my hotel room shaking. New … Continue reading Earthquakes and gang culture – an update from New Zealand

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  • Crime - 27, October

    A Sex Offenders Register for New Zealand

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    Since my last blog the Employment Law Conference was held in Auckland, a national conference for employment lawyers which is only held every two years. I attended with my colleagues and the timing was perfect: a thorough and interesting initiation into life at the New Zealand employment bar with a chance to see some of … Continue reading A Sex Offenders Register for New Zealand

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