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Victoria Higgins Associate Solicitor, Serious Injury

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Victoria is an Associate Solicitor in the serious injury department at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.

She handles cases for clients who have sustained serious injuries or who have lost a family member as a result of an accident. Victoria is particularly specialised in dealing with complex brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation cases.

Victoria’s primary area of expertise is road traffic collision claims. She also has experience of workplace accidents, accidents in public places, military claims, aviation claims, and compensation for victims of criminal injuries.

Victoria is passionate and ensures her clients receive a tailor-made service so that the right level of compensation is secured, which in turn will help to give them the best possible future after such life changing injuries.  

Her career to date includes a number of landmark case successes. Victoria is not afraid to push the boundaries for her clients to ensure the best possible outcome, and has vast trial experience in both liability and quantum matters from County Court level, right through to the Supreme Court.

A particular highlight of Victoria’s career was her involvement in the case of Annie Woodland, who nearly drowned in a school swimming lesson when she was 10 years old. The case changed the law so that schools now owe pupils a non-delegable duty of care following a Supreme Court judgement given in 2013 (Woodland v Essex County Council [2013] UKSC 56). Victoria was also involved in the five day liability trial against the school and the lifeguard responsible for Annie’s supervision. After winning at trial, a £2 million settlement was negotiated the following year.

In addition, Victoria also had involvement in the case of McCracken v Smith As [2013] EWCA Civ 380 and [2015] EWCA 3620 (MIB Uninsured) which was a case concerning a pillion passenger on a stolen motorcycle which collided with a minibus. At first instance, the Claimant was entitled to judgement against both drivers, subject to a reduction of 45 per cent for his own contributory negligence. This decision was upheld on appeal.

Victoria is the lead solicitor in the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquest, where she represents 11 families who lost loved ones in the attack. Victoria is driven and dedicated to elicit answers for her clients through the Inquest process.

Expertise

Career history

  • Since July 2018 - Slater and Gordon Lawyers
  • March 2016 to July 2018 - Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
  • June 2010 to Sept 2014 - Pannone LLP / Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Education

  • BPP Law School
  • University of Leeds