Victoria Burnip

Partner | Reading

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One of the UK's outstanding Employment (advisory and tribunal work) and Business Immigration lawyers, Victoria is based out of the firm's Reading office.

Victoria is a Partner based in Doyle Clayton’s Reading office specialising in employment law as well as business immigration law, with a particular focus on corporate clients, from SMEs through to PLCs. 

This year she was marked out as one of the UK’s Next Generation Lawyer for her employment law work by The Legal 500 and the guide also said that -

“Clients 'love working with' Doyle Clayton's immigration practice, thanks in part to its ability to 'break down complex processes in an easy to understand way; it combines in-depth legal knowledge with practical, commercially-focused and tailored advice delivered in plain English'. Victoria Burnip splits her time between Reading and London and acts for a sizeable list of commercial clients, as well as a growing number of individuals on immigration matters. The practice has experienced significant growth in cross-border work, and continues to advise both longstanding and new commercial clients on their sponsor licence applications.”

Feedback from clients received by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession in carrying out its annual research said about Victoria - 

“She is splendid in helping the organisation with settlement and compromise agreements. She has a wealth of knowledge around immigration. She is incredibly respectful and very responsive, committed and will see it through.” 

“Excellent. I think she is kind of no-nonsense. She doesn’t faff around, she doesn’t waste time. We found her excellent to deal with and she has been a great support.” 

“Victoria is very thorough and quick to respond. She covers all bases and I feel like she is on top of it, she’s detail-oriented.” 

“We really appreciate Victoria’s speed to respond, depth of advice and her attention to record keeping and detail on visa matters. We have complete trust in her to administer this from start to end for us, and to ensure that we comply with all our sponsorship duties. 

“Victoria is an exceptional lawyer. She is a fantastic confidant for myself and the company, delivering a first rate service and effectively managing business and individual expectations throughout the visa application process. The latter is a very difficult skill, given the various immigration legislative changes and increased Home Office fees, etcetera. In terms of strengths, Victoria is highly credible, client-focused, influential and has demonstrated exceptional quality in work output for us. She has no weaknesses to report.” 

“Because of the complications, her biggest strength was explaining this process, keeping to time, keeping everyone in the loop. She was very involved and went out of her way a lot to get this done on time.” 

“Very good. She is friendly, supportive and quick to respond. I felt Victoria worked in partnership with me and demonstrated excellent knowledge of the sponsor licence process, which was reassuring for me. I’ve no doubt our success was due to Victoria knowing the process so well and the best method. I’m pretty sure she also has some very useful contacts.” 

“Very knowledgeable and experienced. She is always available and responds promptly with ideas and solutions.” 

LinkedIn feedback includes - 

  • Victoria Burnip is simply fabulous and is my go-to person for all things immigration. She is not only best in class, but is a class apart.
  • I wouldn't miss any opportunity to share praise of Victoria! Not only is she a brilliant lawyer, her unending kindness and genuine willingness to help is one of the standout traits she possesses among many! 
  • Totally agree - Victoria is great to work with - a true professional and helped me navigate the UK immigration system on several occasions! Credit to her and her team.

For more and to see who said these please click here.

Immigration practice

Victoria has steadily grown the firm’s Thames Valley Business Immigration practice which is regarded as one of the best known and most successful in region. 

This has seen her establish a reputation for advising and working particularly closely with corporate clients helping them with all their business immigration requirements, from Tier 2 visas through to the point of indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation applications. With a detailed knowledge of sponsor management systems, she also acts as the Level 1 User for organisations enabling them to manage the operation of their sponsor licences and regularly advises on right to work checks and Home Office sponsor guidance ensuring that clients remain compliant.

For individuals, Victoria also has a growing private practice, including advising on Permanent Residence applications for EU nationals, naturalisation and British citizenship registrations, through employment or family links.

Examples of recent immigration work include - 

  • Advising Dixons Carphone on both its UK immigration matters as well as its employment tribunal matters within the South of England.
  • Assisting a well-known insurance firm with sponsoring a number of lawyers with niche skills to come and work in the UK.
  • Advising a well-known software company and an international publishing house on corporate restructuring issues, TUPE transfers from the immigration side, complex PBS reporting, record keeping and compliance, including the need for a new sponsor licence as a result of a merger.
  • Assisting a new global mining company to recruit overseas migrants with niche skills required to develop and drill a new mine in the north of England. This included assisting the CEO’s family with a complex application through their familial links to the UK.

Employment practice

Victoria works predominantly with corporates advising them on their employment law and HR issue, including complex discrimination and whistleblowing matters, TUPE and restrictive covenants. She also advises senior executives on contractual issue and negotiating exits.

Examples of her employment work include -

  • Representing Chestertons in the Employment Tribunal Remedy Hearings, Employment Appeal Tribunal Hearing and Court of Appeal hearing in the landmark whistleblowing case of Nurmohamed v Chestertons.
  • Advising two businesses on #MeToo complaints raised by female employees, including advising on the exit of a senior member of the management team as a result of the complaint (which attracted press attention).
  • Advising a global plc on a complex equal pay and discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Advising a number of household names on day to day employment matters, including clients in the fields of financial solutions, software, retail, fast food and the UK arm of an international oil and gas/energy company.

Outside of client work

Victoria regularly delivers training to her clients and seminar attendees on a wide variety of topics, including legal updates (immigration and employment), right to work checks, Home Office compliance, Tier 2 sponsorship, other routes to work visas and Brexit.

Recent articles include - 

Experience and qualifications -

  • Qualified in September 2009
  • Specialist in Employment Law since 2011
  • Specialist in Immigration Law since 2013

Education and professional memberships - 

  • University of Durham: Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Oxford Institute of Legal Practice: Legal Practice Course (Distinction)
  • The Law Society 
  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)

Some of our immigration services you may be interested in -

To get in touch with Victoria, please phone +44 (0)118 959 6839, email her at or connect on LinkedIn.

Associate Victoria Burnip is the key contact in Doyle Clayton's Reading office; she handles the full range of business immigration issues, including assisting with sponsor licence applications.

Legal 500 Guide 2016

Associate Victoria Burnip is the key contact in Doyle Clayton's Reading office; she handles the full range of business immigration...

Victoria Burnip is praised as ‘an expert in her field’ and for her ability to ‘build strong client relationships’.

Legal 500 Guide 

Victoria Burnip is praised as ‘an expert in her field’ and for her ability to ‘build strong client relationships’. Legal...
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