Practice Group Leader
Victoria Roy (née Gallanders) is a passionate plaintiff personal injury lawyer and specialises in assisting people who have had accidents overseas in Stacks Goudkamp’s Travel Law Practice Group.
Victoria is originally from the UK where she studied English and French Law at the University of Leicester, obtaining first class honours. Dedicated to helping plaintiffs at the outset, Victoria went on to obtain a Masters of Laws at King’s College London where she specialised in individuals’ rights.
Victoria qualified as a UK solicitor in 2008 after completing her training contract at the highly acclaimed London law firm Osbornes Solicitors. Victoria was retained by Osbornes after qualification and qualified into Osbornes’ personal injury department where she worked under the supervision of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Fellow Stuart Kightley.
Keen to specialise in the niche area of representing people who have been injured overseas, in 2010 Victoria joined the International Travel Litigation Group of the award winning national UK law firm Irwin Mitchell. Whilst at Irwin Mitchell, Victoria worked closely with Head of Department Clive Garner where she represented plaintiffs who had been injured overseas including accidents on cruise ships, aircraft accidents, car accidents abroad and trips and falls in hotels, resorts and public places overseas.
Life brought Victoria to Sydney in 2012 where she worked for plaintiff compensation specialists Shine Lawyers. Victoria requalified as a solicitor in NSW in 2013 through the Legal Practitioners Admission Board and used the opportunity to study private international law to develop her expertise in travel law claims.
Victoria joined Stacks Goudkamp as an Associate in November 2014 where she had the opportunity to once again specialise in her area of expertise of assisting people who have been injured abroad. Victoria has built up a practice of representing Australians who have been injured on holiday or when working overseas, as well as representing foreign tourists and workers who have had accidents whilst visiting Australia. As well as representing plaintiffs directly, Victoria also acts as agent to overseas lawyers for claims with an Australian element.
As a result of the successful growth of the travel law practice, Victoria was appointed Practice Group Leader in May 2016.
As a keen traveller herself, Victoria finds it extremely rewarding to help people whose dream trip has gone wrong through the negligence of a third party. Victoria is also an expert in explaining the complex legal principles involved in accidents abroad, like which country’s laws apply and where a person can bring a claim, in language which is easy for her clients to understand. Victoria’s warm nature, empathy, and thorough preparation of cases make her well liked amongst her clients for whom she achieves excellent results.
Victoria is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL), the Law Society of NSW, and the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).
Outside of work Victoria enjoys making the most of Sydney’s scenery and weather by going for harbour bushwalks. Victoria also enjoys yoga, eating out, and of course playing tour guide to family and friends when they visit from Europe.