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June Venters QC Top Ranked in Chambers UK 2016

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Family Justice

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice have shown a marked increase in the numbers of unrepresented parties ending up in the Family Court since 2012.

Unrepresented parties brought around 25,000 cases in 2012 whereas this figure increased to nearly 35,000 in 2013. Legal Aid cuts implemented in 2013 are thought to be a significant factor in this phenomenon.

As well as the year-on-year figures for child-related cases displaying a marked increase in the numbers of unrepresented parties overall; in relative terms, they made up more than 50 per cent of the child-related cases appearing in the Family Court in the latter part of 2013.

Legal Aid Cuts and Divorce

Since 2013, cuts to legal aid have removed financial assistance for a host of civil claims including many areas of private family law.This means that divorcing couples often feel that they cannot seek professional specialist legal advice due to a lack of personal financial means.

Despite this, the number of divorcing couples heading to court to resolve their differences has not fallen but has increased by around 5 per cent, resulting in significant delays. It has been suggested that the absence of solicitors in the divorce process may have made couples less likely to be informed about the alternatives, leaving them to opt for unnecessarily costly and stressful court proceedings.

Family lawyers are not just experts in family law but they usually have significant experience in alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation.

Will the Recent Changes Made by the Children and Families Act 2014 Help?

The Children and Families Act 2014 implemented in April 2014, specifically encourages divorcing couples to focus on the welfare of children by placing time limits on care proceedings and making the use of mediation information meetings compulsory.

Mediation itself is still supported by Legal Aid but the Ministry of Justice figures suggest that mediation’s fell dramatically year on year between 2012 and 2013.

Any experienced family lawyer will confirm that mediation is far less stressful than a full blown court case as well as being quicker and cheaper. However, there are some cases where it may not be suitable such as high value divorce cases or where there is a significant imbalance of means between the parties.


Divorce is often an incredibly stressful experience for all concerned, not least for any children that are involved. Even parties that feel they cannot afford legal advice should at least attempt to speak to  family solicitor to see what help is available before heading to court unrepresented. This often turns out to be far more cost effective in the long run.  For specialist advice please contact us on 01737 229 610 or

Remember divorce is a life changing event.  Make sure the change you make gives you the best opportunity possible to move on with your life and doesn’t cause you difficulties for years to come.

Government changes to the  Family Justice system

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 or telephone to make an appointment on 01737 229 610.

Is the President of the Family Division right about change being necessary to bring cohabitation laws in line with divorce laws?

Is the President of the Family Division right about change being necessary to bring cohabitation laws in line with divorce laws?

I for one believe he is.

How can it be right for couples to live and be treated by society as though they were married or civil partners with or without children until they come to separate? At that point and in the eyes of the law they are seen as nothing more than business partners. No or limited financial protection is provided for the weaker of the two and the courts have virtually no discretion.

Changes in society have to embrace the whole story not just the beginning and middle with a different ending that bears no resemblance to the story as a whole.

Great strides have been made with same sex laws. Hasn’t the time come to make similar strides for cohabitants?
June Venters QC


Interview with Christine Boot

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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

June Venters QC at Elizabeth House Surgery

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