Victoria Pogge von Strandmann

Partner, Head of Public Law and Human Rights

Victoria my solicitor she is the best, she is very helpful and hard worker. I had so many problems thanks to her my life is in peace now. I will highly recommend her to anyone looking for a good solicitor. I really appreciate her work for me.
Victoria Pogge von Strandmann is a brilliant and effective lawyer who is well respected by everyone who works in her area.

Career

Victoria joined Simpson Millar in 2010, has been a partner since 2015 and is joint head of the Public Law and Human Rights Department.

Victoria studied at Durham University, subsequently obtaining a distinction in her Master of Laws from University College, London, specialising in public law, human rights, and international public law.

Victoria has over 16 years’ PQE and has spent the last 14 years specialising in public law challenges concerning the rights of children and vulnerable migrants including victims of trafficking and has developed a reputation for excellence in her field.

Her own practice covers challenges under the Children Act 1989 in relation to looked after children, care leavers and age assessment cases; challenges to trafficking decisions including refusals of trafficking discretionary leave, NRM decisions as well as decisions relating to support and accommodation under the NRM; Care Act challenges for those without settled status, challenges in respect of asylum support decisions and unlawful detention challenges as well as associated civil damages claims.

She has also been successful in a number of challenges under the Dublin III regulation. Important past cases include SO v Barking & Dagenham [2010] EWCA Civ 1101 and VS v The Home Office [2014] EWHC 2483 (QB) as well as SL v Westminster [2013] UKSC 27 where she represented Freedom from Torture pro bono, in their intervention in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Victoria is known for her particular expertise in representing vulnerable young people and adults, particularly victims of trafficking and age disputed minors in enforcing their rights to support and accommodation and challenging unlawful decisions in respect of their detention, age and status as victims of trafficking.

Victoria is recommended in the Legal 500 2022 edition: "Victoria Pogge von Strandman is incredibly easy to work with. Has great litigation knowledge and a very impressive lawyer".

Chambers and Partners 2022 ranked the Public Law team, noting:

"They do a lot of heavy lifting and everything is prepared very well. They are committed and grasp the importance of cases without forgetting the client is at the heart of the issues."

Interests outside of work

Victoria enjoys spending time with her young children and playing the violin.

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