After Winning her award in 2009 for Legal Business Woman of the Year, June Venters QC now has the pleasure of being part of the Judging panel this year.
Venters wish all who are nominated the best of luck and look forward to seeing you at the awards on 9th October
The President has handed down Judgement this morning which criticises the impact legal aid cuts are having:
“43. The absence of public funding for those too impoverished to pay for their own representation potentially creates at least three major problems: first, the denial of legal advice and of assistance in drafting documents; second, and most obvious, the denial of professional advocacy in the court room; third, the denial of the ability to bring to court a professional witness whose fees for attending are beyond the ability of the litigant to pay. Each of these problems is, of course, exacerbated if the litigant needs a translator to translate documents and an interpreter to interpret what is going on in court.”
He concludes by saying:
“92. The Ministry of Justice, the LAA and HMCTS may wish to consider the implications. That is a matter for them. For my part I would urge the early attention of both the Children and Vulnerable Witnesses Working Group and the Family Procedure Rules Committee to those aspects of the various matters I have canvassed that fall within their respective remits.”
I want to thank the Honourable Judge Arran and the members of the Jury.
I especially want to thank my legal team.
My Barrister Martyn Bowyer, from 6KBW, who strongly defended my innocence and who clearly and precisely laid out my defence.
In particular I want to give special thanks to Alexandra Forbes, of Venters Solicitors, who has guided me over the past three years and whose guidance built my defence.
I thank the press for respecting the integrity of my family during this trial.
The initial reporting that led to this trial was during my sisters Presidential campaign of 2011 and the comments of certain journalists and newspapers in particular have put us here today.
The Jury have delivered their verdict of no cover up and allegations of abuse and cover up are unfounded.
The prosecution have put both my sister and I on trial not only her and I but our beliefs, integrity and our faith. There was no cover up – there is nothing to cover up.
I came here an innocent man and today I am leaving an innocent man.
I want to thank my many friends and family whose prayers and support have carried us through.
In particular I also want to thank my sister Rosemary, my brother Gerald, brother in law Damien Scallon and brother in law Tom O Reilly, all their families, the Sheerin family and my cousins, nieces And nephews.
I especially want to thank my wife Patricia and my children for their unwavering support and who carried me through the horror of the past 3 years and the challenges.
Finally what sustained me was my faith in God, that in the darkness there was a beam of light.
Judge Arran has said I am a man of Good Character.
Thank you ….And now we can get on with our lives .. At last