Victoria Bastock

Year of call:2013
Expertise: Crime, Regulatory
Appointments:Level 3 Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service
Memberships:Western Circuit, Criminal Bar Association
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Practice areas

  • General crime
  • Regulatory crime


Victoria Bastock joined Devon Chambers in July 2023.

Vicky practises in the Crown Court throughout the Western Circuit. She is a committed advocate with a broad criminal practice. Vicky accepts instructions for both defence and prosecution work.

During her time at the CPS, Vicky worked as a reviewing lawyer on a range of cases from attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, drugs conspiracies, fraud and serious assaults. She possesses a strong knowledge of legal issues across a breadth of criminal offences.

Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Vicky worked in London for a top City law firm on cases involving Financial Conduct Authority / Serious Fraud Office investigations and significant financial crime. She was also involved in the development of a bespoke AI platform for discovery and disclosure.

Vicky is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Recent Cases

  • R v C (2023). A trial involving allegations of violence where the subject of transferred malice was a central issue.
  • R v B (2023). A case of a dwelling burglary and fraud based on recent possession and involving issues regarding “bad character”.
  • R v B (2023). Criminal damage during environmental activist protest. The trial involved the submission of skeleton arguments dealing with defences of necessity, duress of circumstance, under the Criminal Damage Act as well as issues arising under the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • R v M (2023). An indecent images of children case involving forensic evidence dealing with accessibility of material and legal submissions on what constitutes “making” an image.
  • R v R (2022). A dangerous driving trial involving an allegation that the defendant had collided with a parked vehicle and then driving towards a witness in order to leave the scene.
  • R v P (2022). A careless driving allegation resulting in serious injuries to cyclists which involved the detailed examination of forensic collision expert evidence.
  • R v H (2021). Allegations of domestic violence, where skeleton arguments were submitted regarding the admissibility of res gestae and hearsay evidence in the absence of evidence from the complainant.
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