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June Venters QC

June Venters QC founded South London-based law firm Venters Solicitors in 1991. Since then the firm has grown in reputation and status and is now widely regarded with considerable respect by clients and fellow practitioners alike. The firm has also grown in size, with offices in South London and Reigate, Surrey.

June Venters is in partnership with and employs a formidable, dedicated team of lawyers and case workers which, together has made the firm what it is today.

Throughout her career, June Venters has undertaken work in the fields of Crime, Public Law Child Care, and Family Law, focusing now on the most serious cases, within those fields of law including Serious Fraud.

She sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court and County Court.

She has a high media profile and has appeared regularly on television and radio. In 1996 the BBC broadcast a documentary about her working life entitled "Law Women." Since then, her views and re-actions have been sought within the media and on programmes which have included Breakfast Television, News night, Richard and Judy, Kilroy, ITN/BBC/Channel 4 news, Radio 5, LBC, FLR radio as well as by many newspapers and legal journals.

June Venters is committed to Justice for all members of Society, believing that whatever a person's means, they should be entitled to access to Justice.

In 2006 her views with regard to the Government's public funding proposals in relation to legal representation were referred to by Henry Bellingham MP during a debate in Parliament. He said:

    "June Venters QC pointed out in a recent speech that since 1997 there have been 3,000 new criminal offences created by Parliament. That obviously puts great pressure on the criminal system, because the Government go on legislating.

Defendants must of course have justice. Indeed, in a speech on October 24 2006, June Venters said:

    "Legal aid is there to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged people are not denied access to justice because of their inability to pay".

The Lord Chancellor in a speech to the Law Society the other day said:

    "Free access to justice for those who need legal aid is as integral to the welfare state as the NHS or state education."

I think that we would all agree.

June Venters is known for her personal commitment and dedication as well as the thoroughness of her approach. She is a true professional and this was recognised when she was nominated and became a runner up for Law Society Solicitor of the Year in 2007. In nominating June Venters for this award, the following was stated:

    "June Venters is the first female in a profession in which 44, 393 women hold practicing certificates and over 100,000 solicitors are on the roll (statistics from the Law Society's annual report 2006).In attaining this level of distinction (by being appointed Queen's Counsel) as a solicitor she has broken new ground for the profession, a matter which attracted positive media coverage in the Solicitors Journal and Family Law Week, amongst other publications."

She has been regarded by clients and fellow practitioners alike as a 'leader' in her field and her appointment to Queen's Counsel recognizes such regard, particularly since she is the first female practicing solicitor ever to have achieved such recognition and appears in "Who's Who."

Also in 2007, June Venters became the first woman solicitor to become a Door Tenant with a Barristers Chambers, namely Lamb Building and which could be viewed as a significant step towards future "collaboration" of Solicitors and Barristers.

June Venters undertakes all her own advocacy in all Courts in the most serious of cases and is willing to do so in less serious cases should the needs of the client require this. She prides herself on her attention to detail and on her ability to communicate with all members of Society in a way which they find helpful.

She is a Resolution Accredited specialist for Domestic Abuse, Advocacy Children [Private Law] and Child Abduction.

As well as representing clients June Venters as held various Professional positions including President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (2001-2002). She is also passionate about the young future generation of the legal profession and as such is a Patron of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Association and a Committee Member of the College of Law.

In addition to practising as a Solicitor (Queen's Counsel), June Venters is also a qualified Family and Civil Mediator and undertakes Mediations involving family/partnership breakdowns as well as civil disputes.

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