This has been a very traumatic time for Ms Westlake and her family both the events leading up to and following her wrongful conviction for assault by beating Ms Kate Sanders
Following trial the bench found as a fact that there was no deliberate assault upon Ms Sanders and Ms Westlake was convicted on the basis of recklessness in that she failed to foresee a risk of harm to Ms Sanders by virtue of holding a glass in her hand in close proximity to Ms Sanders during the course of a verbal altercation
Ms Westlake legal team considered that the justices were wrong in their application of the legal test of recklessness and the appeal was brought on that basis
The court today have confirmed the error in the lower court and accordingly have quashed ms west lakes conviction
Ms Westlake life has been destroyed by something that was no more than unfortunate accident in particular Ms Westlake was unfairly dismissed from her position as zoo keeper at ZSL London zoo and has suffered significant ps biological harm arising from Ms Sanders attack upon her which has been exacerbated by these proceedings
Ms Westlake would like thank those that sent messages of support to her which have been a source of strength and encouragement for her and also expresses her thanks to her excellent legal team for their diligence and perseverance in obtaining justice for her
Justice has now been served and Ms Westlake would now appreciate the opportunity to put this matter behind her and rebuild her life
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In today’s times of austerity where we all have to watch what we spend, legal costs can be a worrying addition to anyone’s budget.
Many people believe the solution is to represent themselves but at what cost?
Remember even if a person is unrepresented a Judge still has the power to order costs against them if their case is unsuccessful. Advice from a Solicitor can save you money in the long run.
Venters Solicitors provide Venters Self Help Solutions in order to combat the general anxiety held by many that costs can run away with the case and secondly to meet the needs of many people who since 1st April 2013 are no longer eligible for legal aid in cases involving divorce and children issues such as contact and residence.
It means that clients can arrange an appointment to meet with a qualified experienced Solicitor in order to receive advice on family law matters as and when needed. However, the difference between the conventional instruction of a Solicitor is that the client will be “acting in person.” The Solicitor will provide them with a written note of the advice before they leave the appointment and the client will pay for the appointment on a “pay as you go” basis. There will be no further costs incurred unless and until a further appointment is arranged because no further work will be undertaken by the Solicitor.
Appointments can be used to seek advice on any family law matter, prepare statements, court documents, letters etc. A solicitor can also be appointed to represent you at court.
As well as Venters Self Help Solutions we continue to offer a conventional service where we are instructed on behalf of our clients and represent them throughout.
Venters Solicitors, Champions for Justice, are a niche firm of dedicated family law specialists, who uniquely are led by the first and only woman Solicitor Advocate Queen’s Counsel.