June Venters QC

June Venters QC

June Venters QC became the first woman solicitor QC in 2006. June specialises in all areas of family law involving families and children including complex family disputes and international child abduction. She also specialises in all areas of criminal law including serious sexual offences June has sat as a Recorder [Judge] since 1998 and sits in the crown court, family court and civil court dealing with the most serious of cases. She is also a qualified family mediator and children arbitrator June is recognised as one of the country's leading advocates and practices in all levels of courts.

Position

Senior Partner

Education

[1977-1979] Institute Legal Executives
[1979-1982] College of Law

Qualifications

[2006] Queen's Counsel
[1984] Qualified Solicitor
[1979] Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives
[2007] Family Mediator and Civil Mediator
[2008] Collaborative Lawyer
[2017] Qualified Barrister

Areas of Law

Crime,
Family [Public Law Child Care; Private Law Child Care; Matrimonial and Divorce; Domestic Violence]

Qualified

1984

Email

j.ventersqc@venters.co.uk

Profile

June Venters QC ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners

June Venters QC became the first woman solicitor Queen's Counsel in 2006. This was in recognition of her advocacy skills and experience throughout her career of appearing in all Courts in both Family and Criminal cases. She currently remains one of a few Women Solicitors to have achieved this highly regarded status and places her at the forefront of her profession and a leader in her field.

Whilst throughout June's career she has chosen to specialise in the field of Social Justice and has been a passionate supporter for Access to Justice and a crusader for the vulnerable in society. Whether her clients are legally aided or privately funded, she is known for her commitment, dedication, hard work and enthusiasm. 'She sets extremely high standards' [Chambers 2008].

As a demonstration of her true commitment and faced with the increasing decline of legal aid, she has set up two Pro Bono Clinics from local GP's surgery in Warlingham and Caterham, Surrey. The FREE service is available to all members of the public, whatever their means and no appointment is necessary.

June is the Senior Partner of Venters Solicitors which she commenced in 1991 and proudly leads a skilled and equally committed team.

In 1996 June featured in a BBC 1 documentary about her working life as a criminal duty solicitor and an updated documentary was filmed by BBC 4 in 2008. Both documentaries provided the public with a true insight into the work of solicitors engaged in this field. She has undertaken considerable work in the media, taking every opportunity possible to promote the need for Access to Justice. When collecting an award for Legal Business Woman of the Year in 2009 and in her speech she said ' Without Access to Justice the Rule of Law is meaningless.'

June sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court, Civil Court and County Court.

As well as a practising Solicitor QC, June is also a Family Mediator, Civil Mediator and Children Arbitrator. She welcomes the opportunity for disputes to be resolved, where appropriate, in mediation, believing that an agreement is always favourable to something that is imposed. However, she recognises that mediation is a complimentary service and does not eradicate the need for legal advice and on occasions, representation.

June has written articles on both the law and mediation and is a contributor to a family law publication.

June's enthusiasm for her chosen career is unbounded.

June Venters QC Top Ranked in Chambers UK 2016.

Memberships

Resolution
Family Mediation Council Accreditation
Family Mediator's Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association.
International Bar Association
Member of the Family Mediation Helpline

Chambers Directory

"integrity and hard work"
"sets extremely high standards"
The Directory of the UK's leading lawyers

Branch

Reigate

Professional Qualifications

[2006] Appointed Queen's Counsel
[2000] Recorder of the Crown, Family & County Court
[1998] Assistant Recorder Crown Court
[1999] Solicitor Advocate Higher Courts, (All Proceedings).
Member of the Children Panel.
Resolution Accredited Specialist (Child Abduction, Domestic Abuse and Preparing and Presenting Cases in Court - Children)
Criminal Duty Solicitor (Police Stations And Courts).
[2007] Civil Mediation
[2007] Family Mediation
[2008] Law Society Accredited Family Mediation
[2009] LADR Trainer
[2010] Professional Practice Consultant
[2017] Children Arbitrator

Awards & Accreditations

Since inception - Law Society Children Panel Solicitor
Ditto - Law Society Criminal Litigation
1999 - Solicitor Advocate Higher Courts, (All Proceedings).
2009 - Family Mediator's Association : Family Mediator
2009 - Law Society Excellence award: Best Woman Solicitor Managing a Legal Aid Practice (AWS)
2010 - Resolution Accredited Specialist in Domestic Abuse and Children's Advocacy
2011 - Resolution Accredited Specialist in International Child Abduction
2017 - Institute of Chartered Arbitrators: Children Arbitration

Conferences and Publications

2014 - "Voice of the Child" Advisory Group [Ministry of Justice] General Principles for mediators and mediation
2008 - Chaired Jordan's conference "Medical issues arising from abuse."
2008 - "Child Care Case Management" (and updates) Family Law [Jordans]
1995 - "Standard Letter and Forms"

Notable Cases

RE: A [2018] EWCA 2381 Civ

Appeal of Child Abduction proceedings, when child returns to member state, against UK order.

D (A child : parental alienation) [2018] EWFC B64 (19 October 2018)

This private law Children Act application relates to a teenage boy, D. D is aged 13. On 23rd November 2016 his mother applied to the court to vary a residence order, originally made in 2008, and for a child arrangements order providing that D should live with her. The father immediately responded by issuing an application for a specific issue order seeking the return of D to his care. D is a party to these proceedings and a children’s guardian (‘the guardian’) has been appointed for him. The applications come before me now for a finding of fact hearing. This is my judgment relating to fact finding issues. In the light of those ‘typical behaviours’ displayed by D, I am satisfied on the simple balance of probability that D has become alienated from his father.

R (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 198

On 16th February the Court of Appeal handed down R (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 198 a judgment arising out of an appeal hearing heard on 6th December 2017. The father appealed against numerous findings made against him at a fact finding hearing including that he had "used unreasonable force and unlawfully killed the mother". By the time the fact-finding hearing took place, the father had been acquitted of murder in the Criminal Courts. The judgment deals with the issue of the extent to which, if at all, the Family Court should use elements of criminal law in fact finding hearings within Care Proceedings. The judgment also deals with Article 6 'right to a fair trial'. The Court of Appeal set aside the lower court's judgment in its entirety and the matter was ordered to be re-tried by a different High Court Judge.

Re: R [Central Criminal Court] 2017

Successfully representing a young man charged with numerous sexual offences and achieving an acquittal

Re P and Q (Children: Care Proceedings: [2015] EWFC 26 (Fam)

June Venters Q C represented the Father in a case in the High Court where the Judge found the Mother and her Partner had conducted horrific physical and psychological abuse of two young children, in the Hampstead area of North London. Father was entirely exonerated and children were subsequently placed in his long term care.

Re: B Crown Court 2014

Representing celebrity's brother in a high profile sexual offences case and achieving acquittal

Guildford Crown Court 2012

A young man of good character faced almost a year of waiting for his trial to come before the Crown Court for an alleged assault on a taxi driver. As a result of instructing June Venters QC, and following representations which she made to the Crown Prosecution Service they were faced with no alternative but to drop all charges not only against him but his co-defendants too. Not only had this young man not committed the offences charged but the charges should never have been brought.

Re N (Placement Order: Alternative option to Adoption) Court of Appeal 25.03.13

The Court of Appeal set aside a Placement Order in care proceedings which had been made pursuant to Section 52(1)(b) Adoption and Children Act 2002 because the Judge had failed to consider whether the welfare throughout the child's life required adoption at a time when the court was aware the maternal grandmother wished to care for the child which necessitated further investigation.

Re: F 2013 Derby Family Court

June Venters QC successfully represented a Mother who was on the verge of being sent to prison for failing to comply with a contact order. The Mother's case was that the Father was violent and a risk to the children but her difficulty had been when represented previously by a different legal team she had agreed not to pursue a fact finding hearing against the Father and, therefore, no court had ever determined the issue of his violence. June Venters QC managed to persuade the court to re-open the previous proceedings [albeit they were some 4 years earlier]. A Fact Finding hearing was held and the Mother was completed vindicated. The Father was found to be violent and a risk to his children and the children were no longer compelled to see him.

T v T [2010] EWCA Civ 136

Appeal by the mother of two children and her civil partner against a shared residence order made in favour of the mother and the children's father. Appellants sought the substitution of a joint residence order in their favour with contact to the father.

In considering the appeal the court of appeal considered the hypothetical situation of the mother's death. It was agreed, that in such a situation, there would be nothing to prevent the father asserting that the children should come to live with him full time. In these circumstances, the judge considered that a residence order in favour of all three adults would serve the children's interests better, although she noted she would not have reached this conclusion had the father not indicated his agreement to this solution prior to the hearing.

Re W (Shared Residence Order) [2009] EWCA Civ 370

Whilst sitting as a Recorder, decision upheld on appeal for a shared residence order:
"Such an order emphasises the fact that both parents are equal in the eyes of the law and that they have equal duties and responsibilities as parents. The order can have the additional advantage of conveying the court's message that neither parent is in control and that the court expects parents to co-operate with each other for the benefit of their children."

Non-accidental injury care proceedings

Representing parents in non-accidental injury care proceedings involving their 5 day old baby. Achieving a re-opening of a finding against them and following a re-trial proceedings dismissed. Parents both exonerated.

Representing a soldier who had just returned from Afghanistan and who was then accused of having deliberately injured his baby. Following a trial, Father was exonerated

Representing Mother who was accused of having seriously injured her new born baby whilst in hospital following his birth. During the course of the trial and after successfully applying to join a fellow patient as an intervener, mother was entirely exonerated and the “intervenor patient” was found to have injured the baby as a result of jealously. She had three children and lived in a tenement block and she and her family were financially struggling whereas this mother was financially secure with a happy family.

In addition to above, June regularly represents clients and children involved in numerous care proceedings involving non accidental injuries, factitious illness by proxy and other aspects of physical and sexual abuse, as well as emotional harm and neglect

Examples of historic “high profile” cases:

Victoria Climbié

Representing the social worker and achieving complete vindication of her. Her failings were found to have been directly attributable to a lack of appropriate supervision and being required to manage an excessive caseload beyond her ability and experience

Damilola Taylor

Achieving acquittal of one defendant wrongly accused of the murder

Dome Robbery

Representing a defendant charged with what was described as “the largest and most audacious attempted robbery ever committed within the UK”

Euston Murder

Representing one of two defendants charged with murder and achieving a verdict of manslaughter

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Partners, Mediators, Arbitrators

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