Tell us about yourself
I specialise in all aspects of criminal and family law. In 2006 I became the first woman solicitor ever to be appointed Queen’s Counsel.
I am totally committed to my clients and their cases and at the same time have compassion and sensitivity. I will leave no stone unturned.
As a family specialist I undertake all aspects of Family Law both within England and Wales. I also specialise in International Child Abduction dealing with both Hague and non Hague convention cases and Domestic Abuse [Domestic Violence] and Education Law.
In addition to being a Practising Lawyer I am an active Family Mediator undertaking both children and finance cases.
I sit as a Recorder [part time Judge] in the Crown Court and County Court and hear criminal cases, private family and public family cases and civil cases.
In 1996 BBC1 produced a documentary about my working life entitled “Law Women” and a follow up documentary was produced by BBC4 in 2009.
I have been the Senior Partner of Venters which I commenced in 1991. I am proud to say that I lead a team of equally committed colleagues all of whom have qualities of their own.
What drew you to law?
From a child I always had a strong sense of Justice and often found myself at the forefront of school activities. My family background was such that I had been exposed to the Justice System from an early age as my Mother worked for London Solicitors and although she specialised in Family Law the Practice for whom she worked represented the most serious of criminal cases in their day. Therefore, working with my Mother most holidays and which I elected to do meant that I absorbed a sense of Justice from an early age and recognised the importance of the Rule of Law and the rights of the individual, something that has stayed with me throughout my life.
What do you offer clients?
Measured and skilled advice and representation. Ensuring client is fully informed as to the strengths and weaknesses of their case so that costs incurred are proportionate to their objective.
As a Solicitor, Queen’s Counsel I am in a unique position to provide a combined service which neither a solicitor nor counsel alone can do. My experience and reputation means that I undertake the most serious of cases but I am always willing to represent less serious cases recognising that clients have the right to have a freedom of choice with regard to representation. I am always willing to discuss the needs of a client and to taylor the services I provide to meet those needs.
What do you do when you are not lawyering?
I suppose my motto should be “I work to live” – what this means is that my work is a very large part of my life. I consider myself privileged to represent clients in the way that I do and for that reason I dedicate much of my life to it. That said, I do have other interests, the most important and significant of which is being a Wife and Mother. Without the support of my family I couldn’t do what I do and that support began with my parents.
I particularly enjoy the time I spend with my husband and daughter who, without a doubt, keep my feet on the ground and never let me forget that “home is where the heart is.”
Can you sum yourself up in 5 words?
Dedicated; hardworking; conscientious; sensitive and approachable