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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I first joined Venters Solicitors as a Locum Solicitor at their Reigate office and then subsequently became a Senior Solicitor and Head of Department in 2011 and was made a Salaried Partner in 2012.
I love the challenge of the variety of work that I conduct at Venters. I meet very interesting people in very distressing circumstances and am privileged to have a role where I assist in some crucial decisions that are being made in their lives.
I have had an extensive Family Law practice for over 21 years. I specialise in divorce, finance orders relating to marriage and relationship breakdown including international elements and assets, injunctions both civil and domestic violence and co-habitation work. I was involved in setting up a Domestic Violence One Stop Advice Service many years ago and have continued throughout my years of practice to take a special interest in domestic violence issues and the protection of victims.
I specialise in representing parents and children in Care Proceedings and other child related Court actions such as special guardianship, residence and child arrangements applications. I have often represented clients with an international element and have also represented clients in child abduction and leave to remove cases. I conduct a large proportion of my own advocacy in various courts.
I am a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel (Adult and Child), Family Law Panel and am a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children, Resolution and advise clients via The Grandparents Association. I have represented children in non-accidental injury cases and other complex care cases. I act for children with significant mental or physical health or behavioural problems.
I have a very active and challenging parent care case load and take great care to listen to my clients to ensure that I understand their position and their lives and what they have experienced. It is a great privilege which I take seriously, no mater what type of case I am involved in.
In 2003 I obtained an MBA (Legal Practice).
WHAT DREW YOU TO THE LAW
I wanted to be a Solicitor from when I was 12 years old. It attracted me as it seemed like a challenging and exciting career- and so it has been!
I have been fortunate to have conducted 3 cases at Court of Appeal level.
I like to add to my knowledge all the time and I am currently turning my attention to add into my specialisms in advising clients in relation to alternative family issues for single sex couples. Given my extensive experience in the law relating to relationship breakdown and children this fits very well with my professional interests.
WHAT DO YOU OFFER YOUR CLIENT
I develop a close working relationship with my clients and listen to them very carefully and actively as I like to understand their motivations and experiences. Clearly working with clients in distress is a huge privilege and there is a delicate balance to strike. I am very clear in the legal advice that I give and the reality of an individual’s situation so that I can provide realistic options.
I believe that being clear and honest with clients is absolutely crucial so that clients can make informed choices about their lives.
As I am a Solicitor Advocate I provide a seamless service from the very first meeting through to court hearings and I believe that this is very reassuring for clients.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT LAWYERING
I love singing and I am a member of a large London based choir who have performed at various major London concert venues. I love running (when my knees allow!) and walking and going out.
I am a former Chair of a Board of School Governors at a local school and continue to be a Governor which is very interesting and rewarding.
I love spending time with my friends and family and many people say that they never know what I am going to be up to next as I am a great believer in seizing the day and having as much fun as possible! I have travelled extensively around the world.
CAN YOU DECRIBE YOURSELF OF IN FIVE WORDS
Not really – I don’t think anybody can! People have said that I am fun, caring, vibrant, passionate and a straight talker.
We offer a 30 minutes free introductory meeting to enable you to meet with a solicitor who will discuss with you brief details of your case in order to assist you to identify what options are available to you and which pricing structure we would recommend.
There is no obligation to instruct us at the end of this meeting.
The purpose of this meeting is for you to have the opportunity to meet with us and to receive sufficient information for you to decide on what legal advice/representation you need and what level of service you require.
Financial disputes between separating couples and difficulties over child contact and residence when parents separate is an ever increasing issue for our society. It is vital to understand that for the majority of cases is no government funding to go to court. Most people will have to pay privately for representation or will have to speak for themselves with no legal advice. The government is now requiring participants to prove they have considered using mediation before approaching the court, and thankfully at Venters there will still be legal aid available for mediation, where participants have a low disposable income.
Venters anticipated this need and our Family Mediation is well established in both our Surrey and London offices. Our Mediators are highly experienced and trained to help you explore your issues and come to agreement in a time and cost effective way. We are impartial and the process is confidential and voluntary. Decision making rests with the participants and at Venters we have a high success rate in enabling those involved to make decisions that can be made legally binding. Public funding will pay an independent solicitor to advise participants to help them make informed choices.
The first step when you recognise you cannot resolve a dispute by yourselves is to contact us on 01737 229610. We will arrange for you and the other party to attend an Information and Assessment Meeting. This usually lasts around 45 minutes and can be done with the participants separately or together. We will assess you both for legal aid, and provide information on how the process works. You can begin mediation sessions at a time and progress at a pace that suits you. The number of sessions depends on the complexity of the case, but usually ranges from two to five, each lasting around 90 minutes.
We offer appointments during the day, in evenings and at weekends at locations in and around Surrey and London. See http://www.venters.co.uk