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Victoria is a Senior Associate in our Health Advisory and Inquests team, providing national support. She has a range of experience in dealing with complex mental capacity and mental health matters in a variety of jurisdictions, including the High Court. She also has experience with the interplay between healthcare and the Family Court. Victoria leads on the team’s ‘Re X’ community deprivation of liberty offering.
She acts for a range of clients including commissioners, trusts, local authorities and providers. Victoria has also spent time on a number of client secondments, including one to a large acute North West trust to help support them through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wigan BC v Y (Refusal to Authorise Deprivation of Liberty)  EWHC 1982 (Fam) (14 July 2021) concerning the deprivation of liberty of a 12-year-old child with mental health issues.
KM, Re  EWCOP 42 (10 May 2021) (bailii.org) concerning ECMO treatment for a patient suffering from Covid-19 pneumonia.
Re Z (Medical Treatment: Invasive Ventilation)  EWHC 2613 (Fam) (24 September 2021) application on behalf of NHS Trust for determination of ceiling of medical treatment for a child.
RL v Nottinghamshire CC & Anor (Rev1)  EWFC 13 (08 March 2022) (bailii.org) Successful challenge on behalf of NHS Trust further to application of Mother to seek to re-open fact finding hearing.
"She stands out for her knowledge and ability to put clinicians at ease."
"Victoria goes over and above in terms of client care. She is always available."
"Associate Edward Pollard and solicitor Victoria Colclough provide 'well-thought-through advice'."
"It is a really fantastic outfit."
In this Shared Insights session, we discuss difficulties faced by professionals when dealing with challenging family members and highlighted the legal frameworks and mechanisms that can be implemented to manage these behaviours in order to protect staff and keep the patient’s best interests at the centre of decision making.
When NHS Trusts should consider going to the Court of Protection.