Vivien established Hatherleigh Training in 2007. She lectures, teaches and conducts workshops, specialising in property and property litigation issues.
Vivien qualified as a solicitor and was in partnership in the City of London for many years at Turner Kenneth Brown, SJ Berwin and finally DJ Freeman, where she headed the property litigation team. She left partnership to join lawyers Bond Pearce as a consultant in 2003 but has now retired from legal practice.
Vivien continues as a consultant to the building consultants, Hollis for which she has, since 2009, undertaken a variety of roles and tasks.
Vivien has a genuine interest in the property market and its operation and was awarded honorary membership of the RICS in 2003. She is a member of Arbrix, the Chartered Surveyors' Livery Company and is an honorary member of the Property Litigation Association.
Vivien was for some time a visiting lecturer at the College of Estate Management in Reading, a consultant to the College of Law and a Senior Lecturer in Law at Westminster University. She now speaks at a variety of conferences for the RICS and other conference organisers.
Vivien has, over the years, written numerous articles for property publications including Estates Gazette, Access by Design and the RICS Journals. She is a member of the editorial board for PLC Property, for the RICS Property Journal and Henry Stewart's Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal and Valuation. She contributed to the Sweet & Maxwell books entitled Nuisances and Commercial Property Disputes.