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Victoria has specialised in the area of immigration, human rights and public law since she came to the Bar. Victoria has wide-ranging expertise in all areas of asylum and immigration including business immigration, trafficking, deportation, unlawful detention and associated civil claims and EEA and ECAA applications. 

Victoria is known to enjoy the challenge of complicated legal issues and is regularly sought for advice on matters that are not “run of the mill”. She is experienced in complicated business immigration matters in which she frequently acts at the pre litigation stage in an advisory capacity.

Victoria also has extensive expertise in unlawful detention; both claims for judicial review  and civil claims for false imprisonment and associated areas such as misfeasance in public office. She has acted in several important reported cases in this area.

Notable cases include: R (on the application of Saboun) v SSHD [2015] UKUT 00269 (IAC) – the UT held that there had been procedural unfairness in the Applicant’s FTT fast track hearing, so that the adverse credibility findings should not be the starting point when considering a fresh claim; N (Uganda) V The Home Office [2014] EWHC 3304 (QB) – civil claim for false imprisonment and misfeasance in public office. Important considerations of the use of inferences in situations where the defendant chooses to call no evidence and the threshold for material damage in misfeasance cases; R (on the application of Isman) v SSHD [2014] EWHC 2226 (Admin) – detention for 11 months (out of a total detention of 17 months) was unlawful in circumstances where the defendant had failed to act with reasonable diligence and expedition; MJ (Afghanistan) v SSHD [2013] Imm A.R. 799 – impact of Singh v Belgium (33210/11) upon Ahmed [2002] Imm A.R. 318; MM (Iran) v SSHD [2009] EWCA Civ 1167 – failure to consider additional risk factors to Christian converts under FS (Iran) and correct approach to suicide risk; TM (Jamaica) & Anr v SSHD [2007] EWCA Civ 178 – consideration of ‘serious or compelling family or other considerations’ under rule 297; R (on the application of Nleya) v SSHD [2008] EWFIC 2302 (Admin) – interpretation of ‘significant delay’ when determining whether a refugee should be entitled to limited LTR or ILR.


Year of call: 1998






LLB Law with French.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Victoria LaughtonOne Pump CourtShe combines exceptional ability with speedy work and a practical approach.