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 personal injury practice representing claimants and defendants in small claim and fast track matters. She has a special interest in clinical negligence work.

Before joining Chambers Victoria spent a year working in the personal injury department of an international firm of solicitors where she handled a case load of public and employer’s liability claims. These included pre-issue, fast track and higher value claims. Victoria also spent time on secondment at a large insurer where she gained useful knowledge of the insurance industry.

She is frequently instructed to settle pleadings as well as advising on the merits of a claim at an early stage. Recent instructions include Animals Act cases, credit hire and road traffic accidents. She has experience of disposal and Stage 3 hearings and also handles detailed assessment hearings.

Recent cases include:

  • Successfully defending an application to set aside default judgment in a personal injury claim against a negligent hairdresser.
  • Acting for a claimant in a fast track road traffic accident trial.
  • Advising in a claim arising out of a boating accident.

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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    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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    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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