Tell us about yourself
As at 1st November this year I have been a solicitor for twenty years. I qualified later than most having done a variety of things after my Law Degree at Southampton (1980 – 1983) including advertising copywriter, worked in the City for a year or so in the heady mid 80’s, graphic design, petrol pump monkey, painter and decorator on building sites, gardener and a host of other long-forgotten best forgotten fill-in jobs. Accidentally started doing family law and felt at home in the hurly burly world of the family courts. I quickly learnt to pick up a case and run with it and ended up doing Care work which strikes me as one of the most worthwhile ways of earning a living I can think of. I love the people involved – the great and the good as well as the mad and bad! I like the fact that the other lawyers in Care – even we disagree completely with each other – are usually able to work together for the good of the children involved. There is a good deal of respect for the other lawyers because they are doing a hard job in difficult circumstances but we do try and do our best. Sometimes we even succeed.
What drew you to the law?
I loved history and the people I respected at the time, Thomas Moore, Erasmus (that lot) were often lawyers (as were the artists Cezanne and Sisley). On the very first day at University, my tutor said to me: “I know why you’re doing law. For the money!” I didn’t realise that. Not sure how true that is even now!
What do you offer clients?
Straight talking and absolute commitment to do my best for my client.
What do you do when you are not working?
I have three great children so that takes up most of the time. Otherwise I read if I can and paint portraits. I have painted all my life.
Can you sum yourself up in 5 words?
No. I’m far too vain.
This is the approved Judgement of Mrs Justice Pauffley in the case of Ricky Dearman
This is a summary of Mrs Justice Pauffley’s findings –
Neither child has been sexually abused by any of the following – Ricky Dearman, teachers at Christchurch Primary School Hampstead, the parents of students at that school, the priest at the adjacent church, teachers at any of the Hampstead or Highgate schools, members of the Metropolitan Police, social workers employed by the London Borough of Camden, officers of Cafcass or anyone else mentioned by Ms Draper or Mr Christie.
The children’s half brother, his father and stepmother – Will and Sarah Draper – are likewise exonerated of any illicit or abusive acts involving the children.
There was no satanic or other cult at which babies were murdered and children were sexually abused.
All of the material promulgated by Ms Draper now published on the internet is nothing other than utter nonsense.
The children’s false stories came about as the result of relentless emotional and psychological pressure as well as significant physical abuse. Torture is the most accurate way to describe what was done by Mr Christie in collaboration with Ms
Both children were assaulted by Mr Christie by being hit with a metal spoon on multiple occasions over their head and legs, by being pushed into walls, punched, pinched and kicked. Water was poured over them as they knelt semi-clothed.
The long term emotional and psychological harm of what was done to the children is incalculable. The impact of the internet campaign is likely to have the most devastating consequences for P and Q.
Cick here to listen to June Venters QC discuss with Vanessa Feltz the Sarah Sands Case.
This was broadcast on 30th September 2015.
Our Venters team before their walk and after
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As a firm we are committed to assisting those who are in greatest need and in addition to our extensive pro-bono work we actively engage in raising awareness and funds for good causes. We are kicking off our charity drive with the London Legal Walk on 18th May 2015. This is a time when the legal community in particular the Judiciary, Partners and senior staff come together to raise money for organisations and causes where there is a gap in services and where there is a lack of awareness. All too often the plight at home is overshadowed by global events and disasters which require assistance on a global scale. This year the organisations that we are raising money for are
Women and children who have been the victims of human trafficking for domestic and sex slave purposes
Families who live in poor housing and poverty in the UK with the associated negative impact on the children
Elderly individuals who require help to remain independent
Men and Women who work for less than the minimum wage
Tadworth Children’s Trust
In this time of Austerity we understand the many pressures and demands on resources however we would be grateful to receive any amount that can be spared and are grateful for what ever contribution can be made. Donating is simple and can be done with just a few clicks of a button to our just giving web page which can be found at
Our team is:- June Venters QC, Suzanne Kelly, Nicola Legg, Riona Mark, Jenny Davies, Christine Boot, Troy Stimpson, Lauren Harris
Please help us to make a difference and change lives for the better.