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June Venters QC Top Ranked in Chambers UK 2016

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Rise of Domestic Violence during World Cup

With the First game of the World Cup on 12th June 2014, it is a concern to consider the statistics of the 2010 World Cup which saw an overall increase to level of Domestic Violence during that period.

Whether England won or lost in 2010 there was an increase to the level of Domestic Violence after each match.

Women’s Aid have set up a new campaign – Football United Against Domestic Violence to send a clear message that domestic violence is always unacceptable.

If you are at risk, we are here to help you take the appropriate steps in securing the necessary orders to protect you.  Please do not hesitate to contact Venters Solicitors on 01737 229 610 or 0207 277 0110 for urgent assistance.

Domestic Violence and Contact – are they being properly investigated?

I am currently researching how effectively the courts are properly investigating allegations of domestic violence when considering applications for contact having had a recent experience where a court’s failure to do so caused a mother and her children three years of emotional turmoil as she struggled to convince the professionals involved that she was not implacably hostile to contact but had genuine and legitimate child protection concerns.   She was only vindicated when some three years later the Fact Finding Hearing was listed and determined.   I am reminded of what Dame Butler Sloss said in Re L [2000] 2FLR 334 at 341-2

‘If the allegations might have an effect on the outcome, they must be adjudicated upon and found proved or not proved. It will be necessary to scrutinise such allegations which may not always be true or may be grossly exaggerated…In cases of proved domestic abuse, as in cases of other proved harm or risk of harm to the child the court has the task of weighing in the balance the seriousness of the domestic violence, the risks involved, the impact on the child against the positive factors (if any) of contact between the parent found to have been violent and the child. In this context, the ability of the offending parent to recognise his past conduct, be aware of the need to change and make genuine efforts to do so will be likely to be an important consideration.’ 

I am in contact with Dr Danya Glaser consultant psychiatrist who was instructed by the Official Solicitor at that time to prepare a joint report with Dr J.C. Sturge, to advise on the four appeals with a view to considering the situation further.

If anyone has any similar experiences where the courts are either not listing cases for fact finding hearings in such circumstances or who are accepting “watered down” admissions so as to change significantly the nature of the allegations made thus making them less serious I should be grateful if you would send me details.

June Venters QC

 

1 Billion Rising for Justice – Walk with ESDAS

ESDAS organised a walk to support 1 Billion Rising for Justice.  A Venters team of Carly Fiander, Christine Boot and Floris Shoebridge joined ESDAS to participate in the event in the name of a great cause.

At the top of the hill the staff from ESDAS gave a reading, and it was followed by a minutes silence for all those who suffer abuse across the world.  Bubbles were then released as sign of freedom.

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Interview with Carly Fiander

Tell us about yourselfCarly Fiander

I joined Venters in 2002 as a paralegal, before undertaking my training contact and qualifying as a solicitor in 2005.  I specialise in Family Law and am a Resolution accredited specialist in Domestic Violence and Children Law.

I undertake all children work whether proceedings have been issued by the Local Authority or by family member.

What drew you to law?

I have always been interested in Law and to be honest was unsure what I wanted to do when at school/College.  I was encouraged by my Law tutor at the time to study Law at University.  I then gained work experience with different firms and knew that I wanted to work helping families.

What do you offer clients?

I offer reliable down to earth advice to my client’s, along with a willingness to listen and help families work through the issues currently before them.

What do you do when you are not lawyering?

I am lucky to have a supportive family who I like spending my time with when I am away from work. I do enjoy watching TV box sets and am currently watching ‘Lie To Me’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’.

Can you sum yourself up in 5 words?

Caring; reliable; professional honest; realistic

Interview with June Venters QC

Tell us about yourselfKEN_7804

I specialise in all aspects of criminal and family law.  In 2006 I became the first woman solicitor ever to be appointed Queen’s Counsel.

I am totally committed to my clients and their cases and at the same time have compassion and sensitivity. I will leave no stone unturned.

As a family specialist I undertake all aspects of Family Law both within England and Wales.  I also specialise in International Child Abduction dealing with both Hague and non Hague convention cases and Domestic Abuse [Domestic Violence] and Education Law.

In addition to being a Practising Lawyer I am an active Family Mediator undertaking both children and finance cases.

I sit as a Recorder [part time Judge] in the Crown Court and County Court and hear criminal cases, private family and public family cases and civil cases.

In 1996 BBC1 produced a documentary about my working life entitled “Law Women” and a follow up documentary was produced by BBC4 in 2009.

I have been the Senior Partner of Venters which I commenced in 1991.  I am proud to say that I lead a team of equally committed colleagues all of whom have qualities of their own.

What drew you to law?

From a child I always had a strong sense of Justice and often found myself at the forefront of school activities.  My family background was such that I had been exposed to the Justice System from an early age as my Mother worked for London Solicitors and although she specialised in Family Law the Practice for whom she worked represented the most serious of criminal cases in their day.  Therefore, working with my Mother most holidays and which I elected to do meant that I absorbed a sense of Justice from an early age and recognised the importance of the Rule of Law and the rights of the individual, something that has stayed with me throughout my life.

What do you offer clients?

Measured and skilled advice and representation.  Ensuring client is fully informed as to the strengths and weaknesses of their case so that costs incurred are proportionate to their objective.

As a Solicitor, Queen’s Counsel I am in a unique position to provide a combined service which neither a solicitor nor counsel alone can do.  My experience and reputation means that I undertake the most serious of cases but I am always willing to represent less serious cases recognising that clients have the right to have a freedom of choice with regard to representation.  I am always willing to discuss the needs of a client and to taylor the services I provide to meet those needs.

What do you do when you are not lawyering?

I suppose my motto should be “I work to live” – what this means is that my work is a very large part of my life.  I consider myself privileged to represent clients in the way that I do and for that reason I dedicate much of my life to it.  That said, I do have other interests, the most important and significant of which is being a Wife and Mother.  Without the support of my family I couldn’t do what I do and that support began with my parents.

I particularly enjoy the time I spend with my husband and daughter who, without a doubt, keep my feet on the ground and never let me forget that “home is where the heart is.”

Can you sum yourself up in 5 words?

Dedicated; hardworking; conscientious; sensitive and approachable

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