Rose was called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1984. In 1992, she was appointed standing counsel to the Director General of Fair Trading. In 2005, she was made a Legal Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She was approved to sit as a deputy High Court judge.
On 13 May 2013, she was appointed a High Court judge, assigned to the Chancery Division, and received the customary appointment as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). She is President of the Tax and Chancery Chamber of the Upper Tribunal.
Notable judicial decisions of Dame Vivien include:
- Singularis Holdings Limited (in liquidation) v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited  EWHC 257 (Ch) in relation to breach of the Quincecare duty (upheld by the Court of Appeal on other grounds).
- The Union of Choice for Senior Managers and Professionals in Public Service: Dame Vivien Rose, recent appointee to the High Court Chancery Division and former chair of the Competition Appeal Tribunal; accessed 22 March 2014.
- About the Judiciary; accessed 22 March 2014.
- Vivien Rose profile; accessed 22 March 2014.
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