Vivien established Hatherleigh Training in 2007. She lectures, teaches and conducts workshops, specialising in property and property litigation issues.
Vivien is senior law lecturer at the University of Westminster and a Fellow of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development. She also teaches for the RICS and is a regular speaker at many conferences.
As a solicitor, Vivien was in partnership in the City of London for many years at Turner Kenneth Brown, SJ Berwin and finally at DJ Freeman, where she headed the property litigation team, leaving to join Bond Pearce in Plymouth as a consultant in 2003. She retired from there in 2012.
For many years, Vivien has held a consultancy with leading building surveyors, Malcolm Hollis LLP and continues in that role.
Vivien was awarded honorary membership of the RICS in 2003. She is a member of its dilapidations working party, the Dilapidations Forum and an honorary member of its Inclusive Environment Consultants’ Scheme.
As author of many articles in property publications including Estates Gazette, Vivien contributes regular columns for Access by Design and the RICS Building Surveyors’ Journal. She is a member of the editorial panel for PLC Property, the Journal of Building Appraisal and the RICS Property Journal. She contributed to the Sweet & Maxwell books entitled Nuisances and Commercial Property Disputes.Vivien has a genuine interest in the property market and its operation. She is a PACT Arbitrator, a member of Arbrix, of the Centre of Accessible Environments and Women in Property.