Reading Crown Court Open Day – Saturday 14th October 2023

On Saturday 14th October 2023, Reading Crown Court will be opening its doors to the public from 10am to 2:30pm. There will be tours of the cells, an opportunity to observe and participate in mock trials as jurors, talks from those involved in the criminal justice system and stalls provided by local criminal justice agencies and charities involved in the criminal justice system. It will be a good opportunity to find out about working in all parts of the criminal justice system. There is no need to pre-book.

Reading Crown Court – open day FLYER 2023 REVISED

Open Day – Reading Crown Court FLYER 2023 REVISED

Clipper Round the World Race One update!

Our Member of Chambers Gary Venturi is taking part in this years Clipper around the World Yacht Race which set sail on 3rd September from Gunwharf Quays.

11 identical yachts, crewed largely by amateurs, set off to take on a circumnavigation of the globe covering over 40,000 nautical miles under sail. UNICEF is the charity partner and collectively they aim to raise as close to £500,000 as they can – Dare To Lead, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (

The fleet have stopped in Cadiz, Spain and will stop in Uruguay, South Africa, Western and Eastern Australia, Vietnam, Southern and Northern China, Seattle and Washington DC before returning to the UK at Oban in Scotland and finally back to Gunwharf by late July 2024.

Gary is a crew member on the yacht Dare to Lead.  Upon leaving Portsmouth, 19 crew and 2 professionals sailed 24 hours a day for 8 1/2 days to arrive in Cadiz. Two days downwind in the channel then upwind, heeled over at 35/40 degrees for the four more. Just shy of 50 knots of wind and 5 metre swells. Torn sails and a dislocated shoulder (as well as sea sickness and a chesty virus) ravaged the crew – happily he’s escaped unharmed so far!  The race was ended prematurely (with Dare to Lead 8th of 11) when the wind died away, to allow for the quick turnaround in Cadiz. They spent the final 2 days motor sailing and towing another yacht from the fleet as it suffered engine trouble. Dare to Lead finally arrived at port Tuesday afternoon and have been repairing, preparing and provisioning  for the next race – 27 to 32 days across the Atlantic to Punte del Este in Uruguay.

We will provide regular updates as and when Gary reports in!


Bon Voyage to our very own Gary Venturi as he sets sail as part of the 2023 Clipper Round The World Race

The 14th edition of the race kicked off on Sunday 3rd September at Gun Wharf Quays in Portsmouth.  Gary is a circumnavigator on Dare To Lead and is the teams’ Vittler.  The race takes place over 11 months and covers a distance of 40,000 nautical miles.  The boats will cross six oceans and visit every continent except Antarctica.  The race can be followed at

Good luck and fair wind, Gary, we will see you back on dry land next Summer!

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race sets off from Portsmouth – BBC News