"I found the services provided by the Family Law Clinic indispensable throughout my long divorce. From our initial mediation visit, to preparing me for court in relation to children’s act proceedings and financial settlement. Nicola was knowledgeable, supportive, understanding and very approachable. She is cheaper than solicitors and offers in my opinion the same quality advice and support required to present your case clearly, accurately and concisely. The services of a McKenzie friend and legal services should be highlighted as much as possible to educate the vast majority of people who face court alone or a very large bill from a solicitors firm. The Family Law Clinic are passionate about changing people perspective and understanding of family law matters and I cannot recommend them enough.
Regards," (Mrs H, Berkshire, 2017)
"I first contacted Family Law Clinic after previously attending court to gain alternate weekends with my daughter. The first time I went to court I used a solicitor and I paid a vast amount of money for his services, including pay per minute phone calls and fees for his time reading and writing letters. After three years of alternate weekends I felt it was time to increase my time with my daughter and Nicola, at Family Law Clinic was a very welcome alternative to a solicitor. Her knowledge, support and guidance surpassed my expectations, not to mention her affordability. Nicola supported me through face to face meetings, editing letters and statements for court and numerous phone conversations, as and when I needed them. The whole process was made simple with Nicola on my side and I achieved all I wanted to in court, and more.
Thank you Nicola,
Kind Regards" Luke Hall (September 2016)
"Perhaps, like so many other people in the country, I tuned in one morning to a BBC One interview where Nicola Matheson-Durrant of the Family Law Clinic explained about her discovery of the errors in the Form E. I will always be grateful that I did so, for Nicola became more than a McKenzie Friend. She was a real friend to me in the final lap of a four-year acrimonious divorce battle. She helped me prepare for the Final Hearing over the course of the last two months (yes, it went all the way, because my husband would not settle). She advised me how to update my Financial documentation, and how to edit and structure my Open Offer, Case Summary, Skeleton Argument, Position Statement, Index to the Trial Bundle, Opening speech and Cross Examination Questions. She then helped me reduce the size of my proposed Trial Bundle from 4 lever arch files down to one! She coached me on presenting my case, took down the notes in Court and prompted me to ask the right questions, especially when I was in a haze. Having Nicola sitting next to me calmed me down, and I believe that I came across well and sincere to the Judge. I am pleased to say that the outcome of the hearing was exactly what I had asked the Judge to order, which for a self-representing person, was remarkable. I will say that Nicola was indeed a God-send." (Dr F. Isaacs-Sodeye, 2016)
|"Family law Solicitors are no longer a necessity, given the affordability and competence of Litigant In Person Assistants (aka Para Legals, McKenzie Friends, Legal Executives) and the flexibility of Public Access Barristers."|
You certainly do not 'need' a Solicitor at all, to start things off or to move matters forward. If, after meeting you, we considered, for example, that a letter to the other spouse was necessary, we could advise you how to word and structure a letter that you could write yourself. A letter from you, worded correctly, has as much procedural significance as a Solicitors letter, should you then decide to apply to the court for help if she/he was uncooperative.
We can help you in a family law matter if you do not qualify for public funding and prefer not to use a high street Solicitor. We are not Solicitors, but with access to over 100 legal consultants (aka McKenzie Friends and Legal Executives) available across England & Wales, we are ready to work hard for your success in and out of Court.
Divorce, Children Act solutions and financial settlements are not an exact science, as every case is different. However, you can rely on us for a high standard of service, transparency and no hidden costs, so, if you email us your enquiry now, we will do our very best to help
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For help preparing your trial bundle, and coaching in what you need to know and do in court, we offer an all-inclusive package for under £450.
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Tel 07936 250644
Click here for our page that outlines basic information concerning the official guidelines regarding the appropriate actions and behaviour concerning Mckenzie Friends.
The page also links to the full legal document that defines every aspect of the matter.
The Family Law Clinic specialises in providing professional
Litigant In Person Assistant (aka McKenzie Friend) within England & Wales.
Nicola Matheson-Durrant, leading UK professional Litigant In Person Assistant (aka McKenzie Friend) , trains all Family Law Clinic's advisers in the current rules and guidance on Litigant In Person Assistant (aka McKenzie Friend) , and coaches litigants in person who would prefer to attend court on their own, without support.
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