Dr Victoria McCloud (Master McCloud)
Dr Victoria Cloud (Master McCloud) is a Master of the
Senior Courts, Queen’s Bench Division.
Her academic background was originally
in experimental psychology, which is the field in which she obtained her
doctorate, before turning to the law as a barrister and later as a judge.
She is the author of a number of academic and practitioner books on civil
litigation, personal injury and surveillance and intelligence law as well as
occasionally writing for academic journals.
She receives the full range of
civil cases in the Queen’s Bench Division and in particular many historic abuse
claims ranging from single victim to, more commonly, multiple victim cases
often against public bodies or institutions.
In 2016 she commenced a process of
consultation with professionals working in the historic abuse field, with a
view to seeking consensus about how to improve the experience of justice for
victims and for defendants, as well as to improve efficiency of management and
trial of such claims. The Historic Abuse Lawyers’ forum (HALF) was set up by
her to encourage that process and it is exploring the full range of potential
improvements in historic abuse cases ranging from pre-action conduct and
disclosure right through to alternative approaches to trial and resolution. She
has promoted the ideas that in the historic abuse field the approach of the
court and parties should be to (1) manage and try claims in a manner which
avoids or minimises causing further harm to any victim of abuse, (2) seek
procedural means by which the legal process and the recovery process for the
victim should be consistent with each other and not acting against each other
where possible and (3) aim to ascertain not simply the narrow facts of any
given case but also in institutional cases ‘why’ and ‘how to prevent in
future’, as part of acknowledging both the validity and wider value of victims’