“......... 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)