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.
“All Change” a phrase which resounds in the corridors of any law firm, especially those with a family department. Enforced government changes are occurring fast and furious.
Venters appreciates that on any breakup of a relationship there are concerns as to what the future will hold, especially on a financial level, and what will happen to your children. One particular concern is the question of child support. Venters specialist family lawyers are here to take away the worry of understanding the complex rules surrounding these issues and guide your family to achieve the best possible outcome for all concerned.
The Court’s powers in respect of child support remain limited following the introduction of the CSA in 1993. The CSA was devised to reduce the burden on the benefits system and hence the tax payer. Government changes made in December 2012 seek to prevent separating couples from being sucked into the system and encourages self-help.
Trying to sort out what is fair and reasonable is never easy. Clearly the “Parent with Care” of the children will usually have a completely different take on the relevant needs and requirements from those perceived by the “Non Resident Parent” (NRP).
The complicated 1993 scheme remains in force for existing claimants and. the basic rate of child support is calculated on the net income of the NRP and the number of children within the family.
The December 2012 scheme affects new claimants. . Those outside the eligibility cannot be “sucked into” the CSA and will need to resolve these matters themselves.
Venters Solicitors are here to help and guide you. Contact us on 01737 229610