5 Essex Court

Victoria von Wachter

Call 1997

Police Law

Victoria has acted for a number of Constabularies in disciplinary matters at first instance and at appeal both as a representative and as a legal advisor. She advises a number of constabularies in relation to police pensions and their administration. The majority of her police work focuses on advising and representing forces with respect to employment/discrimination matters.

She is currently advising a group of forces on the WTR implications of significant changes to shift arrangements.

Victoria has extensive experience of employment cases involving firearms and firearms officers. Victoria also has considerable  experience of making successful  applications  for private or closed hearings on grounds  of  National Security, PII or sensitive  discrimination claims.

Notable police law cases include:

Collett v Ch Constable of Hertfordshire Police  2019 – Discrimination claim involving Type 1 diabetic Firearms Officer/ Response Driver – Ongoing

Gaskell v Herts Police 2017: Two Disability and sex discrimination claims arising out of failure to promote.  Case settled after length and protracted negotiations.

Cosser v Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police 2014: Transgender Claimant alleging detriment and harassment on those grounds.  Case settled.

Krykant v TVP 2013: Whistleblowing case in which the  definition of ‘prescribed person’ was a litigated point

Warner v TVP 2013: Question was whether normal management activity could constitute victimisation.  Held it could not.

Ch Const of Gloucestershire Police v Peters & Peters EAT UKEATPA/1300/11: Allowed to go to full appeal on 7 out of 8 pleaded grounds;