Victoria Gethin

Head of Family Law

Biography

Victoria is the Head of Family Law at Stephensons. She became a Partner in 2010.

For the majority of her training contract obtained at Stephensons and since qualification in 2002, Victoria has specialised exclusively in children and domestic abuse matters.

Victoria became a member of the Children Panel Accreditation Scheme in 2006.

Victoria has extensive experience of acting for local authorities, parents and children in complex cases. She also provides support and advice to victims of domestic abuse, a field in which she is Resolution accredited. As a Resolution and Children Panel accredited specialist she is one of only around 300 family lawyers in the country to hold these dual accreditations.

Victoria is a member of the Greater Manchester Family Criminal Interface Group, in addition to the Greater Manchester Family Courts Forum Domestic Violence Subgroup and was involved in the drafting of the Protocol for Service of Family and Civil Orders on Greater Manchester Police. Victoria has given training to domestic abuse organisations and Citizens Advice Bureau advisers.

Victoria has been involved in several notable, reported cases:

  • Re X (Children) and Y (Children) (No 1) [2015] EWHC 2265 (Fam)
  • Re X (Children) and Y (Children) (No 2) [2015] EWHC 2358 (Fam)
  • Re X (Children) (No 3) [2015] EWHC 3651 (Fam)
  • Wigan BC v M and Others (Sexual Abuse: Fact Finding) [2015] EWFC 6
  • Wigan Council v M & Others (Veracity Assessment) [2015] EWFC 8

She was described in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 as ‘efficient and caring’.

Victoria has appeared on ITV Granada Reports commenting on the draft domestic abuse bill and the proposal to enshrine 'Clare’s Law' in statute and its role in better protecting victims of domestic abuse.

What Victoria's clients think

“Victoria did an outstanding job for our family on a matter which was both complex and unprecedented. She gave us good advice, was highly efficient and showed just the sort of backbone you would expect from a quality lawyer. This matter crossed international jurisdictions; something Victoria easily took in her stride.”

"I cannot thank Vicky enough for her responsiveness and kindness in helping me over the past two years of dealing with my case. She has been consistently involved, aware of all the issues, available for discussion of progress and reassuring. I have great admiration of her work style."

"Outstanding service, compassionate, professional and very helpful... I cannot speak highly enough about the help I received from Vicky - consistently solid support, advice and clear expectations of the process. She exceeded my expectations."

Victoria is head of the family department which specialises in care proceedings and adoption, in addition to all areas of relationship breakdown, including divorce, separation, domestic violence, residence and contact and international abduction.

Care proceedings and adoption

The family department has a large number of lawyers who are accredited on the Law Society's children panel including  Andrew Mountain, Gwyneth John, Jackie Price, Mike Devlin, Nicola Clayton, Tim Galbraith and Victoria herself. We represent children, parents, extended family members and local authorities at all stages of the child protection process. We represent clients in relation to applications for care orders, supervision orders, emergency protection orders, placement orders, adoption orders, wardship, orders under the inherent jurisdiction, special guardianship orders and child arrangement orders and assist and advise clients at Child Protection Conferences and Public Law Outline meetings. We can see clients on an emergency basis where appropriate. We recognise the difficulties faced by parents and extended family members who find themselves needing legal advice and always give straight forward advice in a sensitive and empathetic way.

Divorce and finances

Operating from several locations, we are instructed nationwide to advise, assist and represent individuals who are experiencing relationship breakdown. We believe in listening to what our clients want and providing honest, straightforward and realistic advice whilst supporting our clients sensitively and effectively through the process. Amanda Rimmer and Karen Atkins specialise in the more complex privately funded situations of asset division.  The family team see their roles as providing advice and support and enabling her clients to move successfully from their present situation onto the next stage in their lives. We aim to help clients achieve an outcome which is fair, is reasonable and equally as important, is cost effective. 

Private children cases

We are able to provide specialist advice to individuals experiencing relationship breakdown on the arrangements for their children and have extensive experience of children act applications including applications for child arrangements orders (formerly known as residence and contact), prohibited steps orders, specific issue orders and parental responsibility orders. The family department has a number of both Accredited Law Society Children Panel Specialists in addition to a number of Resolution Accredited Specialists in the area of private children work. In particularly complex children cases the court may join the child as a party to the proceedings and we are often instructed to represent children in these difficult cases.  As a result of our expertise we are best equipped to advise parents involved in disputes about arrangements for children and help steer them towards the right outcome. Victoria Gethin and Jackie Price, are both accredited Resolution specialists in the fields of private children and domestic cases and accredited Law Society Children Panel members; only a limited number of family lawyers in the country hold such dual accreditations.

Domestic abuse

We are able to support and help victims of domestic abuse and their children, to ensure they get the protection that they need. We offer emergency advice and representation for victims. Victoria Gethin and Jackie Price, who are both based in the Manchester department, are accredited in the area of domestic abuse and a number of our domestic abuse advisors have had training from SafeLives (formerly known as CAADA), a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse.

International abduction

Tim Galbraith advises on child abduction and is included in the lawyers network of Reunite, a charity involved in raising the profile of child abuse on the international stage and supporting parents where child abduction has occurred or where there is a risk of it occurring. 

Victoria Gethin is a family law Partner, based in Stephensons’ Manchester office. She is highly experienced in cases relating to child care law, particularly where local authorities take steps to remove a child from their parents. She has represented both parents and local authorities in a number of complex, sensitive and high-profile cases.

As a member of the Greater Manchester Family Criminal Interface Group and the Greater Manchester Family Courts Forum on Domestic Violence, Victoria is an expert on domestic abuse law, giving advice and training to organisations and the Citizens Advice Bureau. She has appeared on ITV Granada Reports commenting on the draft domestic abuse bill and the proposal to enshrine 'Clare’s Law' in statute and its role in better protecting victims of domestic abuse.

She is also an authority on legal matters relating to child abuse and appeared on ITV’s Granada Reports discussing NSPCC statistics.