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Gillian is a member of the Corporate Crime and Dispute Resolution teams at LexisPSL.

In practice, Gillian gained a reputation as an excellent litigator, specialising in fraud, white collar crime, civil forfeiture and other litigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. She defended national and international proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA and CPS as well as other regulatory bodies. She also has experience of regulatory investigations. Gillian has advised clients in all aspects of criminal law but specifically in relation to fraud and corruption allegations, money laundering, and tax evasion. Earlier in her career at the Crown Prosecution Service and Revenue and Customs Prosecution Service, Gillian worked on a number of noteworthy general crime and proceeds of crime cases. 

Virginia specialises in general domestic and international commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Virginia trained, qualified and practiced with Pinsent Masons before moving to Marriott Harrison where she continued in practice for a further seven years.

In practice, Virginia acted in a variety of general commercial disputes covering areas including  intellectual property, fraud, defamation, misrepresentation, breach of contract, debt recovery, breach of restrictive covenants and company and shareholders’ disputes.

Virginia is Head of Dispute Resolution at Lexis®PSL and, when not focused on the strategic development and operational requirements of the Dispute Resolution module, her content work focuses on case management and evidence in civil litigation. She also regularly contributes to the LexisNexis Dispute Resolution Blog.

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18 Jan 2019

Lord Justice Gross delivered the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA) Annual Lecture 2019, 'The Civil Justice System in a Time of Chance'. Gross LJ...

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17 Jan 2019

The Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals have issued, with the approval of the Lord Chancellor, a Practice Direction concerning the secure retention of...

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The Civil Procedure Committee has circulated the 101st Practice Direction update. This introduces a new video hearing pilot scheme in CPR PD 51V which will come into...

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The Witness Evidence Working Group (WEWG) has been asked to make recommendations with regard to the current rules and practice concerning factual witness evidence in the...

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5 Oct 2018

The court resolved the costs dispute as it held that forcing the parties to proceed to a trial simply to resolve costs would be disproportionate and wasteful. It also...

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3 Oct 2018

This case considered the legal test and evidential burden required to succeed with a claim for dishonest assistance in relation to a breach of duty by a fiduciary. The...

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13 Sep 2018

HHJ Pearce applied the Court of Appeal authority in Conlon v Royal & Sun Alliance to retrospectively reallocate a case to the small claims track. The claim consisted...

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6 Sep 2018

In a judgment littered with criticism of the decision below, the Court of Appeal has allowed ENRC’s appeal against the declarations made by Mrs Justice Andrews in May...

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26 Jul 2018

The Court of Appeal found that the conditional fee agreement (CFA) was not restricted to the claim against the named defendant. In arriving at this conclusion, it had...

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17 Jul 2018

The respondents in this case had devised a complex fraud, resulting in attempts to enforce default judgments against the appellant, AXA Insurance UK plc (Axa). The fraud...

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Dispute Resolution

Lord Justice Gross delivered the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA) Annual Lecture 2019, 'The Civil Justice System in a Time of Chance'. Gross LJ...

Practice Direction on Closed Judgments issued
Dispute Resolution

The Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals have issued, with the approval of the Lord Chancellor, a Practice Direction concerning the secure retention of...

November 2018 sees the 101st practice direction update come into force
Dispute Resolution

The Civil Procedure Committee has circulated the 101st Practice Direction update. This introduces a new video hearing pilot scheme in CPR PD 51V which will come into...

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Dispute Resolution

The Witness Evidence Working Group (WEWG) has been asked to make recommendations with regard to the current rules and practice concerning factual witness evidence in the...

Court resolves costs dispute to avoid trial (Sheffield v Sheffield & Ors)
Dispute Resolution

The court resolved the costs dispute as it held that forcing the parties to proceed to a trial simply to resolve costs would be disproportionate and wasteful. It also...

High bar to discharge burden of proof in dishonest assistance claim (Autogas (Europe) Ltd v Ochocki)
Dispute Resolution

This case considered the legal test and evidential burden required to succeed with a claim for dishonest assistance in relation to a breach of duty by a fiduciary. The...

Court retrospectively re-allocates claim to the small track after trial, so impacting costs recovery (Kavak v FMC Chemicals Ltd)
Dispute Resolution

HHJ Pearce applied the Court of Appeal authority in Conlon v Royal & Sun Alliance to retrospectively reallocate a case to the small claims track. The claim consisted...

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In a judgment littered with criticism of the decision below, the Court of Appeal has allowed ENRC’s appeal against the declarations made by Mrs Justice Andrews in May...

Court of Appeal—CFA valid even though wrong defendant named (Malone v Birmingham Community NHS Trust)
Dispute Resolution

The Court of Appeal found that the conditional fee agreement (CFA) was not restricted to the claim against the named defendant. In arriving at this conclusion, it had...

Court of Appeal affirms basis for awarding exemplary damages (AXA Insurance UK plc v Financial Claims Solutions Ltd)
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The respondents in this case had devised a complex fraud, resulting in attempts to enforce default judgments against the appellant, AXA Insurance UK plc (Axa). The fraud...

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