Victoria MacMillan is a senior associate in the International Arbitration group in London, where she represents clients on complex and high-value international arbitrations and cross-border disputes.  Victoria has extensive experience across a range of jurisdictions, having practised in Japan, Australia and the UK.  She has handled arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC and JCAA rules. Victoria is a diverse practitioner who also has substantial experience in handling English and Australian court proceedings.

Victoria has experience working across a broad range of industries and sectors, including energy, mining, oil & gas, automotive, telecoms and the financial sector. She has also worked with clients on multijurisdictional fraud investigations and multijurisdictional asset tracing cases, including obtaining world-wide freezing orders in England as well as jurisdictional challenges and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Victoria joined Hogan Lovells in London in 2018. Prior to moving to London, Victoria spent several years working as a disputes lawyer at a top-tier international law firm in Tokyo where she primarily advised on international disputes involving Japanese companies with interests in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Whilst in Tokyo, Victoria also spent time on secondment to a Japanese oil and gas exploration company, advising on various divestments, contractual law issues and providing pre-disputes advice. Before moving to Japan, Victoria worked for several years as a commercial disputes lawyer in Perth, Australia, where she gained widespread dispute resolution experience advising on general commercial litigation matters and complex insolvency litigation. She appeared as sole and junior counsel in the West Australian Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Magistrates Court.

Education and admissions

Education

BA LLB, University of Western Australia, 2009

Court admissions

Supreme Court of Western Australia

High Court of Australia

Representative experience

Acting for an African state bank in LCIA proceedings arising from a mobile payment systems project

Acting for a consortium of investors in a multi-billion dollar LCIA arbitration, with parallel litigation in the BVI and related CIS criminal investigations

Acting for a leading oil and gas exploration company in an ICC arbitration regarding the exercise of pre-emption rights over an oil and gas asset in Africa

Representing a Middle Eastern company in a JCAA arbitration against a multi-national auto company, on issues arising from a long-term distribution agreement

Providing pre-disputes advice to a Middle Eastern manufacturer in relation to insurance claims arising from losses incurred in the Syrian civil war

Advising International Oil Company on enforcement of US$200M award in English Courts including proceedings against director for dissipating assets and freezing orders

Advising a Luxembourg company in connection with recognition and enforcement of an award obtained against the Republic of Poland under a Bilateral Investment Treaty

Providing advice to a large mining companies in defending proceedings for contractual claims, conspiracy and worldwide freezing orders relating to a project in Africa

Advising an Australian iron ore producer in relation to various safety and operation performance claims under EPC and associated contracts

Acting for a large Nickel producer in a multi-million dollar take-or-pay dispute in the Supreme Court of Western Australia

Acting in civil proceedings brought by the Australian Securities Investment commission in connection with manipulation of the UN Oil for Food Programme

Acting for a secured creditor and privately appointed receivers in West Australian court proceedings to secure an asset and obtain freezing orders against Pankaj Oswal

Acting for privately and court appointed receivers of various entities following the collapse of the Westpoint group; one of Australia's largest corporate collapses

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