Vicky joined IBB’s Children Law Team in February 2012, and is now a Consultant and Team Leader. Vicky qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and became a family lawyer. In 2007 Vicky specialised in Children’s Law and gained accreditation to the Law Society’s Children’s panel enabling her to take instructions directly from children. Vicky is cited as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500, and is described as ‘intelligent, thoughtful and insightful’.
Vicky is a member of Resolution and advises and represents parents and family members in Private Law Children matters, including complex matters of parental alienation, intractable disputes and international relocation. Vicky adopts a collaborative approach and prides herself on resolving disputes where possible. She has recently had a number of successes in resolving cases with a significant welfare issues, securing appropriate Child Arrangements Orders providing long term stability. Vicky has also been instructed on specific issues matters such as resolving disputes relating to whether a child should be privately educated.
She has a specialist interest in adoption and is keen to advise prospective adopters, those currently in the process of making an application to the Court, or parents seeking post-adoption support services. Vicky is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children and she frequently represents children and other family members in care proceedings in London, Buckinghamshire and the home counties.
Vicky has a passion for Education Law and particularly assisting parents and children with Special Educational Needs. Having had first-hand experience in dealing with obtaining an EHCP from the Local Authority, instructing suitable Experts, understanding the varied needs of children accessing education, Vicky has a clear insight into best strategy to apply in SEN cases. Vicky is also aware that some children’s SEN are not recognised and can assist with school complaints and disability discrimination.
Vicky undertakes much of her own advocacy, including complex contested hearings in the Family Court and Court of Appeal. This gives her the edge in preparing matters for trial. Vicky was awarded the prestigious Law Society Excellence Award, ‘Solicitor Advocate of the Year’ in 2017. Her Ladyship, Mrs Justice Pauffley said the following about Vicky in her Judgment following a Fact Finding Hearing in the High Court:
“Lastly, I should pay tribute to Ms Preece who was instructed to represent Mrs C only shortly before the hearing began. It rapidly became apparent that in the time available Ms Preece had mastered and analysed a massive amount of documentary material to good effect. In the questions she asked, Ms Preece demonstrated a shrewd awareness of the most important details as they related to the issues in the case. She played a significant and immensely valuable part in the forensic exercise. I am very grateful to her”
Vicky is often instructed in complex matters and her reported cases include:
BCC v FZ&ORS (2012) EWHC 1154 (Fam
Re C (a child) 2012 CA Civ Div LTL 4/10/2012 AC9101237
Re T-B-N B4/2016/1516
Outside of work Vicky is an active member of her local Parish Church and volunteers for Junior Church. She is also a keen horse rider, having competed in British Eventing competitions at 3 day event level.