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Victoria Hoyle

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Core Practice Area: Family
Call: 2004
Middle Temple
Education: LLB (Hons) Cardiff Law School, BVC BPP Law School, Middle Temple Scholar
Memberships: Family Law Bar Association, Western Circuit

"Well known for public and private children law matters" Legal 500 2018 Leading Juniors

Victoria specialises in family law. Her main focus is in public and private children's law, as well as domestic violence.

In public law children's cases, Victoria has experience of representing local authorities, parents, children's guardians and extended family members. She is especially sensitive to the needs of clients when representing parents with learning difficulites, mental health difficulties and drug addictions. She has experience of applications arising under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 including Placement and Special Guardianship Orders.

Victoria has particular experience of cases involving non-accidental injuries, cases where the official solicitor has intervened and cases involving long standing issues of drug and alcohol abuse. Victoria recently represented a parent in a contested non-accidental head injury case involving complex medical evidence. The lengthy fact finding hearing required cross examination of five medical experts.

In private law proceedings, Victoria has experience of cases involving the appointment of a 16.4 Guardian and dealing with implacably hostile parents. Victoria's previous criminal law practice enhances her expertise and strength in fact finding hearings and fully contested hearings. Victoria is regularly  instructed in fact finding hearings in private law proceedings, including serious sexual violence allegations. Victoria represented a parent faced with allegations of rape, including anal rape in which cultural differences were an important aspect. Victoria is experienced in dealing with leave to remove from the jurisdiction cases, having represented parents both seeking leave and opposing leave to remove.

Victoria's previous criminal law practice is also particularly important in cases involving domestic violence or where there is police disclosure.

Victoria not only provides an excellent service for often vulnerable clients but also for solicitors who instruct her. Victoria understands the need for solicitors to be immediately informed of the outcome of court hearings. She always promptly provides very detailed attendance notes after court hearings to ensure her instructing solicitors are fully aware of all discussions and decisions at court so there is no delay in cases moving forward.

Victoria provides CPD seminars and newsletters in the subject of family law. Prior to specialising in family law, she gave numerous seminars in criminal law.

Victoria is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

She received a Benefactors Scholarship from Middle Temple.