Victoria Flowers

Called 2009

Victoria’s practice has an emphasis on family law. She is sensitive to the emotional backdrop of family cases, and adept at reassuring clients whilst providing clear advice and advocating firmly on their behalf. She is a practised advocate in care proceedings, and has particular interests in applications to remove children from the jurisdiction (both temporarily and permanently) and the law concerning surrogacy arrangements.

Victoria has a keen interest in Court of Protection work, and has co-authored a text “Dementia and the Law” (published by Jordans) which addresses a wide range of the legal issues that arise in respect of individuals with dementia.

Victoria was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship from the Inner Temple Pegasus Trust and undertook a placement at the Crown Law Office, Wellington, New Zealand during which she assisted with a wide range of work, including family cases.

Victoria is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public.

If you would like any further information regarding Victoria’s practice, please contact her clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.

Family

Public Law
Victoria has considerable experience in care and placement order proceedings representing local authorities, parents, grandparents and the subject children. She has acted in cases involving issues of alleged non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, neglect, drug and alcohol abuse (including in the FDAC), physical abuse, emotional harm, mental health difficulties and capacity to conduct the proceedings.

Victoria is well-versed in public children law cases involving international elements and questions of placement of children abroad. She has appeared in a complex contested jurisdictional dispute in the Family Division which raised issues of jurisdiction between an EU member state and an alternative jurisdiction in a non-Member State, as well as the circumstances in which a child’s habitual residence cannot be established.

Victoria has experience of forced marriage protection orders, secure accommodation orders, and applications to revoke placement orders. She has appeared in cases involving issues of designation between local authorities and whether a child should give oral evidence in care proceedings. She is also familiar with the interplay between the inherent jurisdiction and public law children proceedings, and the steps that can be taken should a child be abducted whilst in the interim care of a local authority.

Victoria has appeared at all stages of proceedings including applications for emergency protection orders, contested interim care order hearings, contested section 38(6) Children Act 1989 applications, fact finding hearings (including as junior counsel in a multi-day hearing concerning alleged non-accidental injuries) and lengthy final hearings requiring cross-examination of expert witnesses. She is an experienced trial advocate in care and placement order proceedings.

Private Law
Victoria regularly appears in private law children cases involving the full range of child arrangements orders, prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders. Victoria represents clients at all stages from emergency ex parte applications, to fully contested multi-day hearings.

Victoria has a particular interest in cases concerning removal of children from the jurisdiction, both on a temporary and permanent basis, and has acted in cases involving both Hague and non-Hague states.

Victoria has been instructed in cases involving allegations of serious domestic violence and has considerable experience of representing clients in fact finding hearings.

Victoria has recently spoken at a successful seminar on jurisdiction and enforcement in private international children law. Victoria’s paper for the seminar analysed and explained issues of establishing jurisdiction under Brussels II Revised, habitual residence, and recognition and enforcement of foreign orders.

Surrogacy
Victoria has a particular specialisation in surrogacy law and has appeared in applications for parental orders with international dimensions. She is experienced in advising upon the issues that may arise, including complex domicile issues, cases where the application has been made after the six month time limit, and the retrospective authorisation of payments made to the surrogate.

Victoria has co-presented a well-received seminar on surrogacy law (speaking on applications for parental orders) with the speakers being described as ‘extremely knowledgeable, as well as enthusiastic and approachable’.

Victoria accepts instructions in cases involving surrogacy arrangements and where parents have conceived via assisted reproduction techniques.

Financial Remedies
Victoria frequently advises and appears in financial remedy proceedings from first appointment to contested final hearing, including the vital FDR appointment.

Victoria has appeared in cases including allegations of serious non-disclosure, conduct arguments, and very short as well as very long marriages. She has experience of maintenance pending suit applications, and has advised in cases involving issues including variation, enforcement and the impact of separation agreements.

Victoria is also well-versed in applications brought under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989, and child maintenance matters.

Family Law Act 1996
Victoria represents clients in matters arising out of Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996. She appears in applications for non-molestation and occupation orders, from emergency ex parte hearings through to contested final hearings.

Court of Protection

Victoria is particularly interested in Court of Protection work, and appeared as a junior in the case of Birmingham City Council v D [2016] EWCOP 8 which concerned issues of deprivation of liberty in relation to 16 and 17 year olds who lack capacity.

Whilst a judicial assistant at the Court of Appeal, Victoria assisted with AVS v A NHS Foundation Trust and B PCT [2011] EWCA Civ 7 and her article “Disputes Between Family and Doctors: How Far is the Court of Protection Willing to Go?” was subsequently published by the Elder Law Journal (ELJ 2011, Volume 1, 432).

Education
  • BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (Law with Law Studies in Europe) Jesus College, University of Oxford (Exhibitioner)
  • Erasmus Visiting Student at Leiden University, Netherlands (European and International Law)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship
  • Cholmeley Pupillage Studentship – Lincoln’s Inn
Professional memberships
  • FLBA
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit 
Seminars and articles

Victoria has spoken at numerous seminars on issues including applications for parental orders, updates in the Court of Protection, and jurisdiction and enforcement in private international children law.

Victoria is a regular author of case summaries on the Family Law Week website.