Victoria Shehadeh

Year of Call: 2015  


Overview


Victoria’s work has three strands; professional discipline, criminal prosecution and defence and statutory inquiries.

Victoria has a particular interest in professional discipline. She enjoys a busy case load which includes acting for both healthcare regulators and for professionals who face the daunting prospect of appearing before their regulator.

When defending healthcare professionals, Victoria provides advice at the early stages of proceedings in order to secure the best results for clients in what can be a lengthy and difficult process. She takes a careful approach to case preparation. She has spent time on secondment to the Association of Optometrists, and accepts instructions in interim order hearings, substantive hearings, and substantive order review hearings.

Victoria is regularly requested to act as a case presenter. Victoria is experienced in handling sensitive cases, multi-registrant cases, cases involving sexually inappropriate behaviour, dishonesty and mismanagement of care homes.

Victoria has recently been instructed in a complex case running for 13 weeks before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Victoria’s criminal cases range from violent crime and drug-related offences to ‘cowboy builder’ frauds to, more recently, representing protesters invoking their HRA 1998 rights. She has also represented numerous young people in the Youth Court.

Victoria is currently instructed as part of the counsel team for the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Crime


Cases:

  • R v MD & Others– no case to answer secured in an alleged ‘cowboy builder’ fraud case.
  • R v AV – settled upon a basis of plea and put forward mitigation which secured a community order for possession of two bladed article in the glove compartment of a car, with body armour found in the car boot (see Gloucester local paper for more details)

Professional Discipline


Cases:

  • NMC v W– acted for the regulator against a forensic nurse in a case involving the death of a detained person in police custody.
  • NMC v N– acted for the regulator in a case in which a senior nurse was dishonestly claiming extra income over a lengthy period of time.
  • NMC v G– acted for the regulator in a case which involved 500 particularised instances of alleged misconduct.

Public Inquiries


Victoria is building her experience of statutory inquiries and is currently part of the counsel team to the Undercover Policing Inquiry. She also accepts work on the Junior Government Panel List.

Memberships


  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Qualifications


  • Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • BA Law (Cantab) 2013
  • BPTC (Kaplan Law School) 2014
  • CPS Level 1 (2017)
  • Government Junior Junior Panel (2019)