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.
On April 22nd 2014 the Family Justice underwent major reforms. Such reforms include the need for anyone wishing to issue proceedings involving children and or finances usually to meet with a Mediator before being permitted to do so. There is also the expectation that the “other party” will also meet with the same Mediator. Once proceedings are issued, Judges now have the authority to require both parties to meet with a Mediator.
Venters Solicitors and Family Mediation are experienced Mediators as well as Solicitors. We are committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your children and where this is possible, by agreement.
We are here to help you either as Mediators or as Solicitors. For more details please refer to www.venters.co.uk or telephone to make an appointment on 01737 229 610.
Tell me about yourself
I joined Venters this year. I trained at John Taylor & Co in Croydon. I later became a partner and when the senior partner John Taylor became a District Judge I continued the firm as a sole practitioner for a number of years. Due to family commitments I closed the practice and for the next nine years I worked for Grants Solicitors in Croydon becoming head of the family department.
I specialise in family law and I am a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel with specialist areas of ancillary relief and domestic abuse. I undertake all aspects of family law.
What drew you to law?
On leaving school I worked as a secretary and after a couple of years became a legal secretary in a London firm. I found law fascinating and whilst bringing up my children I studied for my law degree and continued through College of Law. I was fortunate to be trained by John Taylor who introduced me to many aspects of law and encouraged me to specialise in family law. In this area of law I feel that I am able to help people who find themselves in difficult family circumstances.
What do you offer clients?
I offer clients a professional and realistic approach to their family problems. I have nineteen years of experience in family law and I treat each client as an individual and tailor my advice and assistance to their personal situation.
For many years I have given pro bono advice to victims of domestic abuse in the Surrey area and continue to do so by providing a legal advice clinic at Your Sanctuary, a Surrey Domestic Abuse Charity, on a monthly basis.
What do you do when you are now lawyering
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, socialising, reading, and when I get time decorating.
Can you sum yourself up in five words?
Approachable, practical, reliable, friendly, determined