Victoria Fowler

Associate 

Victoria specialises in regulatory litigation and conducts civil proceedings and regulatory prosecutions for the Commerce Commission. Victoria also conducts criminal jury trials in the District Court as a Crown prosecutor.

Prior to joining Meredith Connell, Victoria was in practice as a barrister in England and Wales where she had a mixed common law practice with a focus on crime (both prosecution and defence), employment law and general civil litigation. Before practising in chambers, Victoria worked in law firms including DAC Beachcroft.

Victoria has acted for the Commerce Commission as lead and junior counsel in various criminal prosecutions and civil proceedings, including:

  • Commerce Commission v Ferratum New Zealand Ltd [2020] NZHC 1607: the first case brought by the Commerce Commission for breaches of the lender responsibility principles under the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003.
  • Commerce Commission v Lodge Real Estate Ltd [2020] NZHC 2329: imposition of pecuniary penalties for contraventions of sections 27 and 30 of the Commerce Act 1986.
  • Commerce Commission v Hawkins [2019] NZDC 23790: the first management banning orders imposed under s 46C of the Fair Trading Act 1986.
  • Commerce Commission v 2 Boys Trading Limited [2019] NZDC 22557: a prosecution for breaches of s 30(1) of the Fair Trading Act 1986 relating to toys that did not comply with the applicable safety standard.  

LLB (Hons), University of Bristol (UK)

Bar Professional Training Course, University of the West of England (UK)

Admitted in England and Wales: 2012 (currently an unregistered barrister in England and Wales)

Admitted in New Zealand in 2018

Awarded the Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship in 2016 and the Inner Temple Outstanding BPTC prize in 2012