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.

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;