At a time in my life when I didn’t know what to do in terms of should I mediate, separate, divorce, and worried sick about the cost of legal advice, a friend recommended I talk to Nicky at The Family Law Clinic. When you are emotional, not necessarily thinking straight and probably heart broken, I needed advice simply to make the correct first step and Nicky helped me right from the start. I felt immediately reassured that the advice I was receiving was the right advice – not always so when speaking to friends and family – and I clung on to her advice for the rest of the journey. Mine was very straightforward and often I was told I was more than capable of completing the forms myself. However, it’s a stressful time and this wouldn’t have been the case. There were many occasions when the process would have been more frustrating or unnecessarily delayed by me not putting a dot in the right place or using the correct terminology. Nicky made it painless, explained everything in detail I could understand and made the process seem easy which I’m sure it wasn’t. My case is still on-going because, although the decree absolute was awarded far quicker than I could have imagined, the pandemic hit making it almost impossible to contact the courts or move the financial order along to completion. However, Nicky is always there to listen and support me and I know will be to the end. You can’t put a price on this reliable type of friendly reassurance and, even though a good solicitor might have provided the service, it would have been at a much higher cost and undoubtedly more stressful!
I think the best endorsement you can give a person is to use them again and recommend them to everyone. I wouldn’t hesitate to do both 😊(Wendy E, 2020)
'Well, where do I start? . . . .
I was strongly recommended Nicky by a friend. I was worried it would cost me a fortune but the packages on offer supported my financial situation.
I first approached Nicky in January 2020 to help me try to win custody of my daughter. The advice she gave me at our first meeting was absolutely amazing, she was so knowledgeable of the family courts law and the proceedings. She made me feel very confident with my first paper application to the courts, she guided me through all the paperwork and legal terms.
We then moved on to a First hearing in March and I had Nicky by my side in the courts, she made me feel extremely confident with my application and supported me with the paperwork.
She kept me calm, composed, focused and confident having her by my side during the hearing.
Now let’s fast forward to July 2020 . . . .
I won full custody of my daughter.
Without Nicky’s guidance, support and her absolutely outstanding knowledge of the family courts I honestly do not think I would have won.
I honestly can not thank her enough for the support.
Please contact her before going to a expensive solicitor. Her knowledge is exactly the same at a fraction of the cost.
I am forever grateful to you and so is my daughter.'
‘I was grateful for Nicky's support in my divorce, I always found her knowledgable and had looked after my interests professionally and diligently. I am happy to have chosen the Family Law Clinic to assist me and would recommend to anyone going through a divorce.
'I have had very urgent issues which needed to be dealt with very quickly and confidentially. I was very impressed with the amazing and prompt service I received.
It was my first time dealing with Nicky of Family Law Clinic and it will result in her representing me in all my cases, as I find her trustworthy, fast thinking and very responsive.
Thank you Nicky'
'Living in rural France and starting the divorce process was a daunting thought. Then I remembered that a friend in the UK had used the Family Law Clinic a few years previously and she had spoken very highly of them. So I got their details and sent them an email to see if they could help me. Nicky replied straight away and immediately reassured me that she could act for me and that I could divorce under UK law. She was incredibly supportive right from the outset and I knew straight away that I had made an excellent decision. Not only did I have Nicky’s support and extensive knowledge at hand, I was also saving an enormous amount of money by not using a solicitor.
I had heard lots of horror stories from friends in the same situation of solicitors charging extortionate amounts of money and taking forever to get things done. The process with Nicky was quite the opposite. She was proactive, motivated and extremely efficient. I have already recommended the Family Law Clinic to several friends who were unfortunate to be in the same position as I was and I will continue to do so. I really can’t recommend the services of Nicky highly enough. '
'Nicola helped me during children and financial Court proceedings. The advice she gave me on legal matters was crucial to achieve better outcomes for the children and I. Nicola´s guidance was invaluable in bringing me back to a psychologically strong position, where I dared take some necessary steps I would not have without her support. Nicola is very professional, efficient and superior to most of those expensive lawyers that I myself had bad experiences with and worse results, before meeting her.'(Silvia C, London, Financial & Children Act proceedings 2019)
"When my husband suddenly left me after many years of marriage, I was advised to get a Solicitor quickly to make sure that I came away from my marriage with a fair share of the marital funds. I contacted a Solicitor and was told what I could expect to get in the divorce but was then asked to give a large sum of money to be held on account to start the ball rolling. To be honest, I was petrified and needed someone I could trust to look after my interests at this difficult time. I was recommended to contact Nicola Matheson-Durrant at the Family Law Clinic by a friend who understood that I did not need a Solicitor but someone who could give me legal advice and help.
From the moment I met Nicola, I felt at ease as she knew what she was talking about, gave me confidence that I was going to be ok and gave me sound advice on how to achieve the best possible outcome for myself and my children. She advised me on what help I could get from various agencies, how to piece together our financial pot and helped me to fill in all the legal forms to go in front of the courts. With her help I managed to secure an amicable financial split with my husband but I was always assured that if things weren’t going to go smoothly Nicola would look after my interests and help me to fight for what I was advised I was entitled to. Luckily, with Nicola’s advice and level head keeping me going I did manage an amicable settlement which I am sure would have been a very different story had I instructed a Solicitor.
I can highly recommend Nicola Matheson-Durrant as someone who will have your best interests at heart at a time when it is very difficult to see happier times ahead. I will always be grateful for Nicola for helping to secure enough to buy my own home and secure a good future for me and my children."
"I was earlier this year hooked into a big legal firm who were costing me about 20k a month. They were very thorough but this just wasn’t working for me.
I was recommended to the Family Law Clinic and this was a life saver.
From the very start I felt I was in safe hands and Nicky’s approach is straight to the point. Concentrated. Just what I wasn’t getting elsewhere.
Of course there were concerns about hiring a Mackenzie friend instead of conventional lawyers but I could already see 90 per cent of the business is not about knowledge of the law but communication, common sense and not spinning out chargeable hours.
I could see this was respected in Court as it is common knowledge the house always wins when it comes to legal battles like this.
My case was a mess when it started and as about as complicated as you can get but I am so glad for Nicky’s help I can never really repay her.
This has to be the future. The system in the Uk has to be challenged and kept in check and this is one cottage industry that really deserves to flourish. May it become the norm."
“Despair, anxiety, darkness enveloped me. My darling sons’ access was denied me once again. I had a Court order in place but this didn’t seem to matter to his mother. Court was the only option. More fees, more stress, more darkness along the way. Solicitors fees were crippling and from using them before had proved of very little use. Then by complete chance, I happened upon a Smart (little) Car. Emblazoned on its side were the words www.familylawclinic.co.uk taking a chance I approached the occupants and briefly recounted my journey thus far in securing access to my son.
It was as though a shining star shone upon me. A new found optimism swirled inside my head. Could this be what I had been looking for? Caution reared its ugly head, but I pushed on. It was the BEST thing that I could have prayed for. The extremely approachable and friendly lady I spoke proved to be just that! Lady Nicola Matheson-Durrant – the brain behind the McKenzie Friend.
After a brief chat and with renewed vigour, I engaged her services. The cost, much lower than any solicitors I had used before. From that very moment Nicky, was on my case. Within a very short time, anxiety eased and results were forthcoming. The saying, ‘if it appears too good to be true, then it usually is’ crossed my mind. However, it was true and turned out to be truer than expected! The support, caring, understanding was such a relief, that I now felt real support behind me.
As the Court date approached, Nicky steadied my nerves, advised and cajoled me along, step by step. On arrival at Court my ex showed up with a Barrister. My balloon deflated instantly. My ex had brought in the ‘big guns’ were we out of our depth, I queried.
All said and done, the Case went ahead and Nicky proved to be not only my strength but also my champion. We walked from Court with more than we hoped for. More time with my son. A dressing down for my ex whereby she was put on notice and also had my costs held over her.
In summary, on a jet-black sky a small shining star shone down on me. Nicky, I have to save you were that star. Mere words cannot express the importance you played in our lives. Two days later, both my sons were re-connected and together joined in a family outing to the swimming pool. The joy and delight on their faces spoke a thousand words.
I bless they day, we found you – you took on the Barrister and the Barrister lost. All the false allegations made by my ex were seen to be exactly that FALSE. I cannot recommend highly enough to any potential clients just what an amazing service the Family Law Clinic provides. I dearly hope, my ex has learned her lesson, but in case she hasn’t and further down the lines, begins her games again, my first call is to Nicky, no ifs no buts, no nothing – Nicky you are a star, bless you.”S Young (Children Act proceedings, 2019)
“I started the court process as a one man band having done my own research I had nothing to lose and everything to gain in the way of contact with my step daughter having raised her from birth, present throughout her whole life, right up until contact ceased. I was heartbroken and devastated, the only thing I knew I had to do was fight with all my might even if at times I felt like I was climbing Mount Everest, which at times did leave me feeling tired and stressed with the ever demanding paper work and emotions that came with.
I didn’t know there was another option but I knew i couldn’t afford an expensive solicitor, totally way out of my budget.
It was daunting at times representing myself in an such an unfamiliar territory, then one day desperately seeking help searching the infamous Google search engine I would scroll down and to my intrigue click on FAMILYLAWCLINIC and pick up the phone right away, at that moment I had NO idea I’d been sent an angel from above, who would restore my faith, help regain focus and strength, seeing out the entire lengthy court process with me.
In all honesty I don’t know what I would of done without Nicky, it was certainly a battle like no other, one I would do over again in heartbeat, an arduous battle made easier having Nicky by my side.
Nicky is every bit a professional, absolutely, categorically in her own right just superb at what she does....WORTH EVERY PENNY!
A Mckenzie friend yes by name but in my eyes notably a truly wonderful human being naturally born to help people in their times of trouble.
Nicky you are nothing short of amazing, you are every bit sincere, the support you gave me went a humongous way, feeling fortunate to have found you right when I did.
You were certainly my sustenance, the source of strength that kept me going when it all got a little too much.
I would undoubtedly recommend FAMILYLAWCLINIC as the go to in any family law crisis. You don’t need a solicitor...you need Nicky. She is the epitome of consistency and hard work, commitment and staying power.
I felt a never ending supply of pure compassion as if my problems were hers and we were in it together. Nicky is humble and modest and so I’ll have to say it for her...”She is The Bees Knees” and although I wasn’t successful in my quest, ultimately I can never take away the sheer diligence, care and attention that went into my case with the unequivocal intentions of getting my daughter back from Nicky.
Thank you N from the bottom of my heart, it was an unforgiving journey at times but you made it that much more forgiving having you by my side. Please never stop what your doing, you make the world of difference as you have to me and many others, we need more people in the world like you. Clearly you love what you do and it shows, a born natural, a gift from god and most all just a Wonderful person a true heart and such a kind human being ❤😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊”(Blake, 2019)
"I first contacted the Family Law clinic half way though my court journey. I was stressed, confused and had no idea what to expect.
Nicky told me exactly what I needed to hear and gave me focus and support when I really needed it most. As a self representing person, Nicky gave me invaluable guidance which ultimately led to maintaining custody of my daughter and being able to relocate.
Nicky has a flexible approach, which fitted around me and the affordability of the sessions really lifted stress from a already stressful situation.
I am lucky to of found Nicky and will recommmend to anyone I know needing assistance in family law."(Kirsty, Children Act proceedings, relocation, 2019)
"For anyone wanting legal advice help or support, you must use family law clinic. Nicky helped me through my divorce and made a hard process easier. The help and guidance was invaluable and I wasn’t charged exuberant prices. Couldn’t have wished for better people to help me 😊😊😊😊 "(Divorce and Financial Settlement. P. Hartness, 2019)
"The Family Law Clinic really deliver results! When my ex refused to let me see my daughter for 6 months, I felt my world had ended and I couldn’t stop my tears. Then an old friend recommended Nicky to resolve the problem for me. It wasn’t long before I had a Court Order which guarantees me contact every week, long weekends and half of all holidays. Nicky was affordable, understanding, fair, hard working, reliable and friendly"(Anthony J. FY2018/2019)
"I would highly recommend the Family Law Clinic. In what was a highly stressful time, I found Nicky’s services to be extremely valuable. Nicky was both warm and understanding, very knowledgeable and brought me a lot of reassurance throughout the court proceedings, helping secure the successful outcome I was after.(J. Harris, . . . Children Act Final Hearing. August 2018)
"I am so grateful to have found the Family Law Clinic Ltd, when I was going through my Divorce in 2014 when I had no one to turn to for help and could not afford a high street Solicitor, to take my ex-wife to court for Financial remedy. After mediation had broken down between myself and my ex-wife who was being very difficult and refusing to pay me my share of the F.M.H after our 17 yrs of marriage had broken down.
I then turned to the Internet searching for help on how to represent yourself at court. That's when I came across the website of Family Law Clinic Ltd. After reading what they do, I then booked an appointment with Nicola Matheson-Durrant. Upon meeting Nicola she made me feel so relax about my situation with her knowledge of the way Courts work and my Marital rights. Nicola also made me aware of the whole idea of representing myself in court (being a Litigant in Person) and having a MCKENZIE FRIEND to support me in court, which is one of the services she offers at the Family Law Clinic Ltd. From that point on I chose to represent myself in Court with the help of Nicola as my Mckenzie Friend.
Nicola, with her expertise, helped me with corresponding with my ex-wife's Solicitors and the Courts from filling out forms and preparing position statements and questions to my ex-wife who was being very difficult throughout the whole case till the end. But with Nicola's help I managed my own case and got the settlement I wanted and now I can move on with my life.
I am so grateful to have met Nicola when I did. I would highly recommend the Family Law Clinic Ltd to anyone who is going through any Family Matters and who can’t afford a high street Solicitor."(Fabian Philip . . . Divorce, Financial Remedy Proceedings, Enforcement proceedings, 2018)
“......... I decided to contact the Family Law Clinic having seen one of their cars in my local area.
From my initial consultation through to my days at court, Nicola was an absolute shining star. She was professional throughout, helped and guided me through the entire process but most importantly, she treated me and made me feel like a real person and not just a client.
Although Family Law clinic are not solicitors and you have to do most of the work yourself in applying to court, writing statements and they cannot speak on your behalf in court. I got over and above with the access I wanted from the courts, despite my ex partner having both a solicitor and a barrister for a fraction of the cost.
I will never be able to recommend Nicola and the family law clinic enough. Any father who is thinking about fighting for access through the courts, please try the family law clinic, you DO NOT need expensive solicitors!"(2018 James)
".........I am going to try and watch your show on Monday. I am sure you will come across brilliantly. You are a good communicator and have a really nice sense of humour coupled with the fact you come across in a nice way as very bright and a quick thinker! But to have all those qualities and be a good listener too is great. Also you have a way of being able to be honest with people and straight, but you do it with empathy...."(Miss M, Berkshire, 2018)
Hope all is well.
I didn't get a chance to thank you for your assistance during my court case.
All is good now and I have access to my daughter.
Many thanks"(Mr M, London, 2018)
"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)