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London Legal Walk 2015

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
Cancer Research
Altzheimers Society
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

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Venters

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.

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Full Interview from BBC

Dad Falsely Accused – Interview on BBC

John Brown’s press release after being cleared of five counts of historic sex abuse

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

Emotional abuse cases ‘up by nearly 50% in a year’

The number of children reported to the police and children’s services by charity helplines has almost doubled in the space of year, the NSPCC has said today [30.05.14]. The children’s charity’s anonymous helpline assisted over 8,000 people last year.

Isn’t it ironic, evidence that emotional child abuse has increased by 50% and yet the number of care applications has reduced – should we not be questioning this?

National picture of care applications in England for 2013-14

Cafcass releases statistics for care applications for the 152 English local authorities – May 2014

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, show the number of care applications received per 10,000 child population – the rate of care applications – by each local authority (LA) in England with children’s services responsibilities. The numbers run from 2008-09, the year of the tragic Peter Connelly (known as “Baby Peter”) case in Haringey, to 2013-14. They show that over this period the rate of application rose from 5.9 in 2008-09 to 9.7 in 2012-13, a rise of 64%, but that it has dropped to 9.2 in 2013-14. This is lower than 2012-13 levels but is still higher than 2011-12 levels.

The rate of care application is significant as it helps identify trends in care proceedings independent of population growth.

Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive of Cafcass said:

“After year on year rises in applications it is not surprising to see that the rates have steadied – a cohort of children that were at risk have now been protected through the action of local authorities in bringing care proceedings. These children have also seen swifter justice, with remarkable reductions in the duration of these proceedings across the country. The fact that these reductions have been made in many cases ahead of the introduction of the 26 week limit set out in the Revised Public Law Outline, the Children and Family Act is even more remarkable and shows how well Cafcass, local authorities and judges are now working together. We will continue to meet with family justice colleagues to understand the differences in rates, to identify the best pockets of practice, and ensure that social work practice is developed to provide a sharp service that meets the needs of each individual child”.

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