Virginia Hickley

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)20 7648 9249
Fax: +(44)(0)20 7648 9221

What can I do for you?

I joined Mills & Reeve in January 2003 and became a partner in 2008. I am head of the firm's national financial claims team. The team defends claims against financial institutions and financial professionals.

My caseload consists mainly against accountants, auditors, professional trustees, independent financial advisers, stockbrokers, pension fund administrators, private equity firms, venture capital firms and fund managers. I also defend professional negligence claims against solicitors. I have 20 years of experience.

I am also a regular speaker on financial and legal topics to insurers and insureds.

Supporting my clients’ ambitions

I specialise in professional negligence claims against accountants and auditors, IFAs, lawyers and trustees. I have substantial experience of court proceedings having taken four cases to trial. I have also conducted over fifty mediations. I have also defended regulatory and disciplinary proceedings on behalf of professionals and financial institutions. 

On the non-contentious side, I draft policy wordings for insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates and advise on policy issues and disputes. The policies are either PI or FI/D&O, and usually of a financial nature.

I am also fluent in French and act for insurers with French-based insureds. My language skills and knowledge of the French legal system mean I can liaise directly with French lawyers (or loss adjusters) and report back to Lloyd’s or company markets, giving insurers reserves and updates without needing translators.

What do others say?

Legal 500 recognises my "thorough and sound judgment". Chambers simply describes me as "brilliant".

Client reviews praise my "tenacity and powers of persuasion" and "big picture pragmatism".