Victoria Hill

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Asset Recovery & Money Laundering, Licensing, Trading Standards, Health & Safety, Food Safety, Environment), Public Access (Direct Public Access)

Year Called: 2012

Inn: Inner Temple

Qualifications: Inner Temple Otto Rix Pupillage Scholar 2014, BPTC (Very Competent), Cardiff University; Law LLB Hons (2:1), Oxford Brookes University

Appointments: Crown Prosecution Service (Level 2 Advocate)

Memberships: Criminal Bar Association, Western Circuit

Victoria joined chambers in 2015 from 4 Breams Buildings, London where she established a strong practice in crime. Prior to practicing at the Bar Victoria also worked for a criminal firm of solicitors in Bournemouth.

Practice Areas:

Criminal and Regulatory

Victoria specialises in crime and regularly appears in the Crown Court, Magistrates Court and Youth Court representing defendants for a variety of criminal matters including violence, drugs, dishonesty and sexual offences.

Victoria is often instructed in cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses and defendants and prides herself on her approachable and personable nature. Victoria builds a good rapport with clients and is known for her thorough preparation and her confident and persuasive approach to advocacy.

Victoria also prosecutes on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, Probation Service and Local Authorities. Victoria has experience in areas of regulatory and licensing law, examples of which include Trading Standards, Noise Nuisance and Education Act offences.

Victoria has experience as a led Junior for both the prosecution and defence and is qualified to accept instructions directly from the public.

Examples of Recent Cases

R v S (2016), Reading Crown Court, Rape and Indecent Assault x25
Led junior defence counsel. Former Consultant Paediatrician charged with numerous historical sexual offences from the 1970's and 1980's. The jury were aware that the Defendant had pleaded guilty to 3 matters of indecent assault in 1990 and that he was convicted after trial of 2 counts of rape and 9 counts of indecent assault in 2015 concerning the same time period. Notwithstanding this the Defendant was acquitted of the rape charge and 11 of the indecent assault charges which concerned 9 of the 19 complainants following a 6 week trial.

Case reported here:

Operation 'Sheraton' - R v J (2016), Southampton Crown Court, Conspiracy to Steal
Defence counsel. Large scale conspiracy involving the theft of over £220,000 worth of goods. Persuaded the court to pass a suspended sentence.

Case reported here:

R v A (2015), Bournemouth Crown Court, Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm x4.

Defence counsel. Allegations of domestic violence over a four year period. Unanimously acquitted by a jury of all four counts on the Indictment.

R v O (2015), Central Criminal Court, Conspiracy to Make & Supply False ID Documents (Passports).

Defence counsel. Severance argument served which led to the Crown offering no evidence on one count. Basis of plea submitted on the other. Successfully persuaded the Court not to pass an immediate custodial sentence. Sentence of 9 months suspended for 18 months which also prevented the defendant from being subject to an automatic recommendation for deportation.

F v DPP (2015), Central Criminal Court, Failure to Provide a Specimen of Urine.

Defence counsel. Appeal allowed on the basis that the court was persuaded that the Appellant had a reasonable excuse for not providing the urine sample. Expert evidence relied upon.

R v J (2015), Camberwell Green Youth Court, Robbery, Attempted Robbery & Threatening with an Offensive Weapon.

Defence counsel. Successful half time submission following robust cross-examination of prosecution witnesses which persuaded the Court that the witnesses were so unreliable and self-contradictory that the case should not continue.

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