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Denise Hoilette

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Venters Solicitors

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Partner. Denise joined Venters as the Head of the Family department (London) in 2011 and became a Partner in 2012. She manages a dedicated team of experienced and accredited lawyers. She has over 21 years post qualification experience and possesses a unique combination of legal and management skills. She is also an MBA. Denise is a specialist matrimonial and child care lawyer who practices in divorce and finance , domestic violence, Schedule 1 claims, cohabitation disputes and public law childcare work, where she represents children through their Guardians as well as adults in care proceedings. Her care caseload involves complex issues such as non-accidental injury and children with complex educational and health needs. She also conducts leave to remove applications and cases with an international element. Denise has a particular interest in Special Guardianship Order cases where she is keen to represent the interests of grandparents and other extended family members in taking on the unexpected role of the primary carer for children within their family. Denise is also a specialist in advising on the financial aspects of these orders. Denise regularly appears in court, conducting her own advocacy. In 2013 Denise represented a child in the High Court regarding a leave to remove application following allegations of serious violence by one parent. Denise had to balance the child’s interests against those of the parents and ensure that the child’s voice was clearly and distinctly heard. The child’s wishes were given precedence over the Article 8 Rights of the parents. Denise has been the conducting Solicitor in three Court of Appeal reported cases. Denise prides herself on getting to know her clients well so that she can understand and meet their needs. She has excellent listening skills and is clear in her advice, sympathetic and adaptive to her client’s needs. Denise is an Accredited Specialist holding accreditations on the Law Society’s Children and Family Law Panel. She is also a member of Resolution and the ALC.


Denise qualified in 1993 and was made a Partner at Venters in 2012. Denise has been a dedicated family lawyer for over 21 years and came to Venters following a successful career in private practice both as a Partner and a Freelance Solicitor. She has held several Senior Associate or Head of Department roles where she has had full responsibility for the running of matrimonial departments of various sizes as well as conducting her own substantial matrimonial caseload. Denise was made a Partner at the age of 28 in another Legal 500 firm and had full responsibility for running a branch office of staff across contentious and non-contentious practice areas. In 1997 Denise was involved in establishing and advising at a One Stop Domestic Violence advice service for domestic violence victims. In 2003 Denise graduated as an MBA from Nottingham Trent University and this augmented her extensive management experience. Denise has a particular interest in law firm branding and wrote an empirical research project for her MBA on this subject.


Law Society Children Panel (Adult and Children); Law Society Family Law Panel; Resolution; Association of Lawyers for Children.


Thames Valley University (1989 LLB); Nottingham Trent University (2003 MBA).


Denise has been a keen sportswoman and musician from a young age. She played netball at club, county and region level and was selected to trial for the England Netball Squad. Denise also had a successful career as a netball coach at senior club level and rowed at London based rowing club and competed at regattas including Henley. Denise has learned to play several musical instruments and continues to enjoy music as a soprano in a large London based choir that performs at key London venues each year. Denise has also attained distinctions in singing exams. Denise enjoys walking, the arts, having adventures, wine-tasting, eating out, swimming and writing. Denise is a member of the Board of Governors for an Ofsted Outstanding School.

London: Private client


Within: Family

Venters Solicitors fields a team of ‘public law experts’ including Denise Hoilette, who is very well regarded for her care work and is a ‘highly experienced advocate’. June Venters QC is also recommended.

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