CARTER Burnett is thrilled to announce that Dr Victoria McCloud has agreed to be the keynote speaker at our 2024 Law Costs Conference in October. 
The former High Court Master announced her resignation from the King’s Bench in February and has now returned to her roots, taking on various roles including as an Associate Member at Gatehouse Chambers and as a Panel Member at Costs ADR group. 
Boasting a career which spans several decades and extensive experience in the legal field, Victoria’s guest talk is sure to attract a bumper crowd when we host our annual Costs Conference at the historic Lit & Phil Library in Newcastle on October 17. 
She now undertakes a ‘portfolio’ following her retirement from the judiciary including (ex) judge-led private internal investigation work, costs mediation, other ‘judicial’ ADR and academic work. 
As the youngest Master ever appointed to the then Queen’s Bench Division, she served from 2010 to 2024 and made several notable contributions to the legal profession. Before her appointment, she honed her expertise in costs by sitting as a Deputy Costs Judge in the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) from 2006 to 2010. She was the world’s first, and the country’s first, judge and practising barrister who had undergone sex reassignment, from the 1990s onwards. 
Victoria’s legal acumen has made a significant contribution to practice, most notably as Counsel in the Thai Trading v Taylor 1998 landmark case, where she played a pivotal role in helping to legalise the use of Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) without success fees in non-personal injury cases. 
Beyond her courtroom accomplishments, Victoria has served as a former Nominated Judicial Officeholder for Whistleblowing and was approved to sit on the panel of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office. She has also contributed to many expert committees and publications, including the Civil Justice Committee subcommittee on Pre-Action Protocols and the Equal Treatment Bench Book. She has also spoken to international and Ukrainian judges at the Hague on war crimes and cultural expertise. She is a regular national and international speaker and news and legal media commentator. 
Esteemed & respected legal career 
Delighted to have secured such an esteemed guest, Director Lee Carter said: “Victoria McCloud’s distinguished legal career speaks for itself and we are excited to have secured such a significant and respected keynote speaker for our annual showpiece event. 
“I’m sure her insight into the world of Costs, and particularly Costs Disputes, will stimulate a lot of discussion and debate, bringing a completely fresh perspective to the table. 
“We are expecting another full-house and I’m sure the combination of Victoria McCloud’s colourful career combined with our experienced Costs Law experts will prove to be a popular draw with all the practitioners in attendance.” 
With our own Costs experts on hand to discuss the latest issues affecting Clinical Negligence and high-value Personal Injury claims, this year’s conference will focus exclusively on legal costs. We will be providing insight on the ever-changing costs landscape and discussing the latest developments in costs law, focusing in particular on Cost Budgeting and Fixed Recoverable Costs. 
2024 Costs Conference Overview 
Where: Lit & Phil Library, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE 
When: Thursday, 17th October 2024 
Start: Arrival drinks from 2pm – speakers finish around 5pm 
How to book your place 
Tickets are free for all our existing clients, who will receive priority booking. Official invites are set to be sent out over the next few weeks. 
If you would like to secure your place in advance, please email with your attendee details. Remaining tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis. 
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