Vivien joins our Family & Divorce team under the supervision of Zoë Saunders.
Prior to starting pupillage, Vivien worked as a County Court Advocate, conducting hearings on a variety of Civil matters including mortgage possessions, mortgage applications, bankruptcy, insolvency, setting aside statutory demands and infant settlement hearings.
After successful completion of the BPTC, Vivien completed an LLM Professional Legal Practice in Family Law. Her dissertation focussed on divorce reform.
Vivien has volunteered for the National Centre for Domestic Violence, where she interviewed and drafted effective witness statements for victims of domestic abuse. She also volunteered at the Family Law Advice Clinic, writing advice on matrimonial and divorce proceedings and contact for clients.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Vivien worked as a teacher in London and the South East. As Head of Department in both state and selective, independent schools, she learnt to make complex concepts compelling and understandable, and brings these skills to the Family Bar.
- Family Law Bar Association
Qualifications & awards:
- LLM Professional Legal Practice: Family Law (Distinction)
- SIMI Accredited International Civil-Commercial Mediator
- BPTC, BPP Holborn (Very Competent)
- GDL, University of Law Bloomsbury
- Qualified Teacher Status, Canterbury Christ Church University (Distinction)
- BA Hons in English Literature, University of Exeter (2.1)
- Harmsworth Scholarship, Major Award, Middle Temple
- Blackstone Entrance Exhibition Award, Middle Temple
- Advocacy Scholarship, BPP
Vivien is a classically trained musician, who has performed and competed in prestigious venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, Notre Dame and Canterbury Cathedral. Her instruments include violin, piano, percussion, and voice, and she has previously worked as a session musician for theatrical productions, musicals, ballets and ceilidhs.
Outside work, Vivien enjoys horse riding, climbing and various other sports. She is a keen photographer and loves to travel. She volunteered for Age UK as a befriender until commencement of pupillage, supporting the elderly and vulnerable.