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Victoria is the Chief Executive Officer of Business Legal Services. She is responsible for the strategy and leadership of the Business Legal Services teams, working in close partnership with the department heads. She sits on the firm’s Executive Board and Group Holdings Board. Victoria retains her responsibilities for the leadership of the Commercial Litigation, Regulatory, Employment and Pensions teams. She has over fifteen years’ experience in resolving disputes for clients and has specialist knowledge in the areas of banking and insurance litigation. Her clients have included large corporates, Lloyd’s syndicates, insurance companies and financial services institutions.
Victoria has been involved in firm management for the last five years and in that role has been involved in the management of key client relationships on behalf of the firm. She has helped to build and support the firm’s sector strategy and client relationship management programme which has ensured strong engagement with the firm’s clients. In December 2015 she led the merger of Thomas Eggar into Irwin Mitchell.
Victoria sits on the Editorial Board of Managing Partner and is a regular contributor to the publication as well as other legal press.
“This latest report highlights the huge impact that Brexit will have on the UK’s economy. Businesses are adapting to the disruption of leaving the EU, and we are working hard to support them, but what is clear is just how different the impact will be according to which exit pathway we take.
“It’s also interesting how different locations will be affected. It is vital that the Government builds on our strengths but also recognises that it needs to support and invest in the areas which are predicted to see their local economies contract once we have left.”
“The number one priority amongst most businesses when it comes to Brexit is certainty and many organisations will be disappointed the deal was rejected because it offered an orderly exit will a lengthy transition period.
“It wasn’t a big surprise though that Theresa May lost her vote in Parliament and because of this, many will now expect that a workable plan B that avoids a no deal exit will be announced quickly.
“We are hoping for a quick resolution to the issue. We are also calling on businesses and individuals not to hold off from planning for the different outcomes that could develop over the coming weeks.”
“Simon’s appointment is a great boost to our Banking and Finance Division. As a senior banking lawyer with over 25 years’ experience he brings significant banking, corporate and entrepreneurial contacts to the firm, as well as a wealth of knowledge in his field. Through his previous role as Head of Real Estate Finance, he will also be a great support to our expanding real estate teams, both in London and nationally. We are committed to developing our national teams and this appointment in London plays an important part in that investment plan, helping us to fulfil our ambition of providing first-class advice to clients in today’s fast moving business environment.”
“The overall impacts of Brexit in the long term prove difficult to measure without clear guidelines and a deal in place.
“The UK will ultimately be responsible for managing and securing its own trade deals and though there are clear opportunities, these will have to be balanced alongside the short term risks which will be realised shortly after the UK’s official departure.
“One thing that the last decade has taught us is that despite the hugely disruptive force of the financial crisis, the UK economy has been incredibly resilient. It is vital that the challenges we now face are tackled head on and that new opportunities that emerge are also taken advantage of. The UK is a global powerhouse and we need to stay positive and work together to ensure this remains to be the case.”
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