Victoria is an accomplished advocate for her clients both in courts, and in front of local and central government.
Her background is in general commercial litigation but she has particular expertise in judicial review, administrative law, public law, and regulatory litigation and enforcement.
Victoria also heads Chapman Tripp’s Public Law team, helping clients to manage the intersection of government, politics and regulation. She is recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 for her public law and dispute resolution experience.
Victoria’s clients are predominantly large corporates in the energy, airport, media, banking and financial services industries. Victoria aims to develop long-term relationships with clients, enabling her to deliver proactive advice, relevant to the clients’ commercial objectives.
Victoria is a member of the Council of Victoria University of Wellington.
- Acting for Transpower New Zealand Limited in its successful judicial review of the Commerce Commission’s determination of its regulated cost of capital, and subsequent appeal.
- Acting for Television New Zealand Limited in successfully defending litigation by a candidate in the Te Tai Tokerau by-election seeking to participate in a television debate.
- Assisting a major retail bank to manage legal risk around default and credit fees, including management of a Commerce Commission investigation, engagement with the FMA legal advice, to supporting the development of pricing strategies, and assistance in preparing submissions on relevant legislative change.
- Providing strategic and legal advice around landing fee charges to a number of regional airports. This included advising on competition law issues in the general aviation markets, assessment of regulatory risk, advising on administrative law obligations, and management of consultation processes.
- Advising a number of significant financial markets participants in relation to potential breaches of regulatory obligations, including risk of liability, and strategic response.