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Family Law executive Victoria Harle is back where it all began.

Victoria first joined the care team at Devon law firm Wollens in 2017 helping Childcare and Family team partner Rachel Carter. In 2019 she was promoted to Family Law Executive to focus on disputes relating to children and victims of domestic violence. During this time an opportunity arose and Victorai was the ‘obvious choice’ to return to the care team. Victoria graduated from her Law degree with University of Bristol in 2015. She studied Matrimonial Law, Private and Public Child Law and International Child Law, achieving extremely high grades in public child law in particular. After this, she spent a year as a Legal Assistant with another firm before moving on to undertake her Bar Professional Training Course with Cardiff University. Again, she specialised in Family Law – achieving the third highest grade in the year for Family Law and the fourth highest overall grade in the year. Victoria has been published with the leading Family Law Journal writing on the subject of appeals within the Public Child Law system. She was called to the Bar after completing her vocational course and is now in the process of cross-qualifying. Rachel Carter said: “When a space became available in the care team, Tori was the obvious choice.  We wanted to recognise her hard work and the effort she put into getting the best for her clients.  She has gained a lot of valuable experience over the last couple of years, on top of her previous experience and good academic record.” Victoria is a natural fit for Wollens’ new mantra of ‘Full Spectrum Law’ which reflects the firm’s comprehensive array of services and specialists it can offer to clients throughout its office network including its recently-established base in the city centre of Exeter.

(Rachel Carter, Victoria Harle & Eleanor Ronson, specialists within the Wollens Family Care Team)

Rachel Carter said: “We now represent clients in care proceedings across Exeter, Newton Abbot and Torquay as well as clients from further afield.   With the Exeter office now well established we are able to see clients easily there.  Parents in care proceedings are entitled to legal aid to ensure they have representation. We are able to provide that legal aid.” Victoria said: “I’m really looking forward to this new step in my career and becoming more involved in the care team. It can be very rewarding to help parents to navigate such a difficult time in their lives and be a part of reuniting families. I hope to become a valuable asset to the team to provide comprehensive support to those in need within all family matters.” Outside of work Victoria has a range of different interests including beekeeping, sketching and baking. One of her clients wrote to her to say: “I wanted to write to you personally. I think you’re an amazing human being and a great lawyer.”

Find out more about the work of the Wollens Family Care Team here