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Archive for February, 2014

Interview with Carly Fiander

Tell us about yourselfCarly Fiander

I joined Venters in 2002 as a paralegal, before undertaking my training contact and qualifying as a solicitor in 2005.  I specialise in Family Law and am a Resolution accredited specialist in Domestic Violence and Children Law.

I undertake all children work whether proceedings have been issued by the Local Authority or by family member.

What drew you to law?

I have always been interested in Law and to be honest was unsure what I wanted to do when at school/College.  I was encouraged by my Law tutor at the time to study Law at University.  I then gained work experience with different firms and knew that I wanted to work helping families.

What do you offer clients?

I offer reliable down to earth advice to my client’s, along with a willingness to listen and help families work through the issues currently before them.

What do you do when you are not lawyering?

I am lucky to have a supportive family who I like spending my time with when I am away from work. I do enjoy watching TV box sets and am currently watching ‘Lie To Me’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’.

Can you sum yourself up in 5 words?

Caring; reliable; professional honest; realistic

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Step Families with Vaness Feltz

June Venters was invited to speak to BBC London, Vanessa Feltz about the role of step parents and their families today.  She highlighted the importance of families communicating and agreeing about important issues that will affect them both now and in the future such as, parental responsibility how this will be exercised by the step parent; inheritance – the importance of making a will because step children do not have the same “rights” of inheritance as birth children.  She recommended  how mediation could assist families to communicate about these and many other relevant areas and drew an analogy with pre nuptial agreements and how it is important for step families to agree how issues should be resolved in a controlled environment and before they occur to avoid disagreement and ill feeling and scope for confusion later.

Venters Family Mediation

Financial disputes between separating couples and difficulties over child contact and residence when parents separate is an ever increasing issue for our society.  It is vital to understand that for the majority of cases is no government funding to go to court.  Most people will have to pay privately for representation or will have to speak for themselves with no legal advice.  The government is now requiring participants to prove they have considered using mediation before approaching the court, and thankfully at Venters there will still be legal aid available for mediation, where participants have a low disposable income.

Venters anticipated this need and our Family Mediation is well established in both our Surrey and London offices.  Our Mediators are highly experienced and trained to help you explore your issues and come to agreement in a time and cost effective way.  We are impartial and the process is confidential and voluntary.  Decision making rests with the participants and at Venters we have a high success rate in enabling those involved to make decisions that can be made legally binding.  Public funding will pay an independent solicitor to advise participants to help them make informed choices.

The first step when you recognise you cannot resolve a dispute by yourselves is to contact us on 01737 229610.  We will arrange for you and the other party to attend an Information and Assessment Meeting.  This usually lasts around 45 minutes and can be done with the participants separately or together.  We will assess you both for legal aid, and provide information on how the process works.  You can begin mediation sessions at a time and progress at a pace that suits you.  The number of sessions depends on the complexity of the case, but usually ranges from two to five, each lasting around 90 minutes.

We offer appointments during the day, in evenings and at weekends at locations in and around Surrey and London.  See http://www.venters.co.uk

CILEx Graduation 2012 – speech by June Venters QC

 

 

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