A few testimonials from our many success stories
Family Law Decisions McKenzie Friends have been and are involved successfully with a large variety of matters regarding children and finances, we will provide you with practical and informed family law advice and information.
The family law advice and information we offer covers many different situations which can vary from establishing contact with a child, acquiring parental responsibility and/or shared residence. Also dealing with false allegations and fact finding hearings, opposing leave to remove applications abroad and internal relocation, appeals, shared parenting arrangements, a change of residence perhaps because of parental alienation, informal mediation etc. and all kinds of financial issues thrown up after a separation or divorce.
The following are a few testimonials from our many success stories which we hope we will be able to help you similarly achieve if required as your Mckenzie Friend and your family law specialists.
You may find this link interesting, the summary profiles of our McKenzie Friends
Distinct possibility of no contact turned around to Parental Responsibility and Shared Residence
Court proceedings between my son’s mother and me had been on-going for a year before I contacted Family Law Decisions. The case had become quite complex, with social services, a legal guardian, and other expert witnesses becoming involved. The way things were going, there was a distinct possibility that I would lose touch with my son. With the help of Family Law Decisions over the past year, I have been able to turn my case around and my application for Parental Responsibility and Shared Residence has now been ordered.
Family Law Decisions provided me with a McKenzie Friend (Jeff Botterill), advice on the process, help working with the various experts, and other on-going support, maintaining their child-focused ethos throughout. They clearly have extensive experience of the family law process, and they are sensitive to the effects that it all can have on a ‘litigant in person’. I am hugely grateful to the support that Family Law Decisions have provided in helping me stay in touch with my son, I could not have done it without them. I whole-heartedly recommend them to anyone seeking a child-focused resolution.
Dr P. (Surrey)
Immeasurable experience and knowledge of family law
Colin is an excellent Lay Advocate. He has immeasurable experience and knowledge of family law and the Family Law Proceedings. Colin has been a great friend and trusted ally.
Mr E. (Derbyshire)
More information, insight and advice in one telephone call - Than previously received from solicitors/barristers in 8 years
After having been recommended to Alison, as somebody who is worth speaking to, I can say that our first telephone conversation I gained more information, insight and advice than I had previously received from solicitors and barristers in 8 years of a hostile contact dispute. Her ability to quickly identify the issues, coupled with her knowledge of the court and its workings and of Cafcass etc. have made her absolutely the right person for the support she has provided me as my McKenzie friend.
Although my contact dispute is not yet fully resolved I can highly recommend Alison as a McKenzie friend in whatever child family law dispute you may have. I do not believe you could find a better McKenzie friend.
Mr K. (Nottingham)
Grateful for her support, patience and very knowledgeable presence
Rebecca Lewis accompanied me as my McKenzie friend to my Court Hearing in August 2012 as I was not eligible for Legal Aid and I had no barrister to represent me. I was feeling anxious, isolated and quite scared.
The moment Rebecca appeared I felt supported and more at ease. Rebecca explained the court process, the procedures which would be followed and the probable course of events from there on. She also talked to my ex-partner’s barrister and the court clerk and as a result, both were very understanding.
In the hearing I felt calm and much more informed. I am very grateful to Rebecca for her support, her patience (I was quite anxious and frantic) and her very knowledgeable presence.
Ms T. (London)
Shared Residence Order
Following separation it because impossible for me to secure parenting time with my young son. His mother wouldn’t allow him to spend more than two nights away with me, which made taking holidays impossible.
I met Jeff at my local FNF meeting. I was immediately struck not only by Jeff’s technical expertise but also by the calm, measured and authoritative way in which he gave others help and support.
I didn’t even bother looking for a solicitor, I engaged Jeff as my McKenzie Friend. He helped me file an application to court and draft a position statement. He subsequently helped support me in court.
In court Jeff was a rock-steady mentor, providing pragmatic and clear advice at just the right time. He negotiated with the other side and his clear familiarity with the system filled me with confidence in the waiting before the hearing. Importantly he had the confidence of the judge, who explicitly remarked on Jeff’s CV with obvious admiration.
In the hearing, following a rocky start (the judge thought my suggested residence schedule was too much for a 2 year old…and lots of allegations in mum’s position statement – all ignored by Cafcass and the judge) the judge supported an amended schedule Jeff and I proposed; Jeff was then instrumental in hammering out a brief but prescriptive Shared Residence Order by consent.
The mother had applied for sole residence and proposed one Wednesday overnight a fortnight and every other weekend Friday to Sunday 6pm for contact. No holidays, other than alternate Christmas day.
I ended up with an SRO by consent, every Wednesday overnight and every other weekend Friday nursery pick up to Monday nursery drop off. I also got half of all holidays and alternate Christmas and Easter.
I am confident that with Jeff’s help, support and guidance I got the best outcome for my son; the long weekends and holidays in particular will help immensely in his relationship with me, his grandparents and his young cousin. I am sure I wouldn’t have secured such a good outcome for my son without Jeff’s calming influence, help and guidance.
Mr M. (London)
Professional at all times and very reliable
I put a friend in touch with Colin who was seeking to obtain access to his children and needed advice on the process. Throughout their application and attendances in court, Colin supported with his vast knowledge and skills in the area of Family Law. He was professional at all times and very reliable. I would recommend Colin and FNF to anyone looking for support and guidance on the process to follow to obtain access to their children.
Ms D. (Derbyshire)
Her knowledge and experience allows a unique objective insight, thoroughly recommended
After Sharing the sequence of events and email logs of the communications between my former partner and I, Alison was immediately able to provide an objective insight of what was occurring and to advise what may be done for me to see my daughter in a real capacity. She helped me to see the situation as it was, helped with the necessary legal forms, encouraged me to focus on the most important issues, helped frame my statements, my position statement, in negotiations before the hearing, and also in the Judge’s chambers whilst decision were being made. (basically the whole process)
What I really respected about Alison’s style, is that Alison never took over the situation or exaggerated it, she provided insights, pre-emptive and practical advice, and encouraged me to feel confident, and enabled me to gain a sense of supported self-reliance. In this way I felt each decision I made was my responsibility and hence focused solely on my daughter.
Alison’s involvement in the lead up to, and her presence at the court to this stage I feel has turned a negative situation towards a positive outcome. At the first hearing despite numerous absurd allegations directed at me, the judge awarded limited time on 3 days week that I can spend with her, as an interim before the next hearing. Which means I am now getting to know my beautiful daughter again.
With the assistance of a McKenzie friend such as Alison, the legal process becomes quiet straightforward. Alison’s knowledge and experience of such matters allow her a unique objective insight. I would thoroughly recommend Alison as a Mckenzie friend for any Father who is in the unfortunate position that I found myself a few months ago.
Mr S. (London)
I can’t thank her enough because now I see my children regularly
Rebecca helped me with a number of my court hearings regarding contact with my children. I was dealing with a very emotionally unbalanced situation and she guided me through the process with calmness, good advice and an understanding of the process. I could not afford solicitors’ fees and didn’t qualify for legal aid so Rebecca’s service was invaluable and I could not have done it without her help. I can’t thank her enough because now I see my children regularly and am building up a great relationship with them.
Mr D. (London)
Shared Residence Order & opposing Leave to Remove application
Jeff Botterill was my McKenzie Friend for a Leave to Remove from the jurisdiction hearing which I was opposing. I was very impressed at the quality of service Jeff provided. He helped prepare a position statement to present to my ex-wife’s solicitor for negotiation in advance of the final hearing. He was very well prepared for the 2 court appearances (a further directions and a final hearing) and provided case history which won me my request for a Shared Residence Order, which on the advice of her legal team, had been turned down by my ex-wife when presented in her position statement. I think her legal team was rather surprised by the knowledge and case notes that Jeff had provided me in court.
His guidance and support throughout the court hearings was excellent. He put me at ease and gave me the confidence to represent myself. His knowledge of the law and the case history surrounding leave to remove exceeded any that I had heard from the two solicitors that I had used. he is also passionate about the need for both parents in the lives of their children. I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone else looking for a McKenzie Friend.
Mr W. (London)
Great results and a job well done
Colin has given great advice. He has put together my proposals for contact with my children & also a very good Position Statement with great results. I was awarded with my Contact Order. If you need help & advise speak to Colin Brealey great guy & a job well done.
Mr C. (Derbyshire)
I cannot convey my appreciation enough in relation to the help you have given me
My first words to yourself is THANK YOU, I cannot convey my appreciation enough in relation to the help you have given me in challenging my ex partner’s application to remove my daughter from the jurisdiction (to Australia).
Having been in my daughter’s life every day since she was born & her sole carer since my ex-partner left for Australia over a year ago, the real possibility of losing my daughter from my life was difficult to comprehend.
I initially instructed a solicitor as I quickly found myself up against a barrage of demands, allegations & paperwork from my ex partner’s legal team, following the initial hearing I also became aware that I would be facing a Barrister at the final hearing, cost quickly became a major factor for me – so here I was, facing the real possibility of losing my daughter, financial hardship (regardless of the outcome) & the daily responsibility of dealing with the emotions of the case & raising my daughter.
I researched my options & discovered the concept of McKenzie Friend, so began a renewed hope as I was introduced to Alison who from the outset gave me a clear focus i.e. my daughter & instilled belief in my case.
This focus, guidance & tremendous emotional support meant that on the morning of the final hearing we didn’t even go into Court, my ex partner’s legal team made a proposal that myself & Alison amended in terms of what I/we believed was best for my daughter & I, the upshot being that my daughter resides with myself for 48 weeks of the year…I get to be the dad that I want to be, raise my daughter & enjoy all that life has to offer the two of us.
I would not hesitate in recommending Alison Bushell to anyone, in my experience a McKenzie Friend is the only option as opposed to a money motivated legal system that I truly believe (for the most part) does not have children’s best interest at the heart of their ethos.
Alison was credited by my ex partner’s legal team & the Judge for her conduct, client advice & overall support in reaching an outcome.
Mr B. (Nottinghamshire)
Amazing help today, you took control of the situation
Dear Rebecca, it was truly a pleasure to meet you today. I’d like to thank you so much for all your amazing help today. I was dreading the court appearance the night before but as soon as I met you and you took control of the situation, all my nervousness completely went out the window!
Mr S. (London)
Keeping the parent/child relationship going from some distance
Our Family matter began in the Court’s in 2005 and at that time, we were paying for legal representation in the form of various Solicitors and Barrister’s, some progress was made but this took some 2 years at extortionate costs to us.
We approached Jeff to enquire whether he would be able to assist us in the continuing family matter. Our only regret is that we did not know of Jeff’s existence back in 2005 when our Court proceedings began – We are completely certain that his involvement from the start would have benefited the matter a great deal and not to mention, save us a considerable amount of money that we had to pay for legal representation.
Mr & Mrs H (Cheshire)
All my objectives were met and indeed surpassed
Colin has been of great support over recent months, offering excellent advice and helping me to stay focussed. His assistance at court was exemplary (certainly gave the opposition many things to think about), kept the objectives on track, both the District Judge and oppositions barrister commended him for his contribution. Oh and ultimately with his help all my objectives were met and indeed surpassed!
Mr M. (Warwickshire)
WOW what can I say!!!! An amazing, proactive, extremely professional McKenzie friend.
Alison, thank you so much, you worked wonders for me on Wednesday, everyone involved was so impressed, Even the judge wanted your details. I and my ex-partner have had years attending many court hearings with our little boy sadly being stuck in the middle of it.
I was not entitled to legal funding and solicitor’s fees mounting up hideously. I started to look for help elsewhere, thankfully I came across Family Law Decisions (what a god send); Alison managed to resolve on-going issues in one hearing and came up with a solution both parties agreed too.
Anyone wondering what to do and weather to proceed with this service, well my advice would be to not hesitate. Well worth it, Alison’s emphatic approach and expertise helped reduce the anxiety, emotions and financial difficulties all of which impacts hugely on our life’s. Position Statement was so well written, communication was easy to access, Alison’s confidence and knowledge contributed to provide me with great ease, a truly life changing service. Thank you so much. I have already started to recommend to others.
Ms C. (Essex)
Author and creator of The Custody Minefield
I am often asked if I can recommend a McKenzie Friend to assist a parent or grandparent in court, and Jeff Botterill is someone whose name I have no hesitation in putting forward.
Jeff has experience at all levels of the family courts, his knowledge is widely respected and his conduct in court has been commended by various members of the judiciary.
Michael Robinson, Author of The Custody Minefield and creator of The Custody Minefield (the most visited internet site on leave to remove, internal relocation, enforcing contact orders and shared residence)
He has worked through many legal cases giving hope and achieving results
Colin is an exceptional man. He works tirelessly for Families Need Fathers putting in many hours assisting others. He has built up an incredible knowledge of how our ” system ” of law concerning every aspect of child contact operates on a practical level. He has worked through many legal cases giving hope to fathers where there had been no hope of contact before, often against seemingly insurmountable odds and achieving results! I can thoroughly recommend Colin to any person seeking contact with their children through the minefield of the British Courts. As a first port of call I would say speak to Colin for advice rather that spend large sums of money through a lawyer.
Mr O. (Derbyshire)
Re-establishing relationship with daughter
Jeff has given me more than any solicitor every could. Due to Jeff’s insight and experience, I have regained a special bond with my daughter. There are no quick fixes with the UK’s legal system, but Jeff has taught me to be a better person, whilst winning over the Judges in court. Jeff Botterill is worth his weight in gold and if you care about your children then you will be a lucky person to have Jeff on your side. He has been through the court system himself and as long as you listen to his advice you will stand a fantastic chance of being able to be a good parent to your children.
Mr S. (Surrey)
Great ability for problem solving, excellent skills in diplomacy and a keen eye for detail
Colin is very professional and intuitive, combine this with a great ability for problem solving and his excellent skills in diplomacy, he is a force to be reckoned with. He has a keen eye for detail and can resolve any situation that is put in front of him. He is always ready to go the extra mile to ensure he delivers and is one of those very rare dependable individuals.
Mr H. (Staffordshire)
Re-establishing relationship with two boys
After using a solicitor and a barrister for a couple of years (and getting nowhere). I have found Jeff’s knowledge of the court processes and family law invaluable in progressing my court case for contact with my two boys.
Whenever we have been in court Jeff has always been fully prepared for the appearance and the suggestions/advice he has given me has helped me set the agenda in court. Jeff is measured in his approach and calm at all times whether in or out of court.
Mr S (London)
Amazing he went above and beyond to help and support me
I am so grateful for all the help and support I received from Mckenzie friends, they gave me the strength to question things I did not agree with to receive a better result than I expected. They are not just legal advise they feel like a family member being there to guide and support you. I would suggest to any and all that mckenzie friends are the best course of action to follow they are friendly and very supportive, Colin my mckenzie friend was amazing he went above and beyond to help and support me, always at the end of the phone or email to help ease any of my fears. Thank you very very much Colin and the Mckenzie friends, you guys are unsung heroes.
Ms J. (Caerphilly)
Excellent level of parenting time and Shared Residence Order
At my first hearing I was alone and been subject to hostility from the judge. Then last October, the same very hostile district judge refused to let my McKenzie enter the courtroom, and refused to even listen to my evidence as to why he should be able to enter (i.e. not interested in the guidance from the office of the President, etc.)
On the advice of my McKenzie (the excellent Jeff Botterill), we immediately left the hearing, appealed successfully to a much more reasonable Circuit Judge – who also then reserved the case to her – and the whole momentum of the process shifted, ultimately to my (and my son’s) great benefit… excellent level of parenting time, SRO, etc
Mr T. (London)
Order achieved that met all of son’s needs
Family Law Decisions provided me with expert Mckenzie Friend support to achieve the order that met all of my son’s needs. Specifically, Jeff and Colin provided me with expert support to help me navigate the complexities of the law involved in dealing with children and families during a particularly traumatic stage of my life.
Before discovering FLD I had spoken to a local solicitor who proclaimed that they dealt in family law but in a short discussion with them it was obvious that whilst they understood the legal system that needed to be followed they lacked the understanding of tactics and strategies that need to be employed to effect a successful result in my case.
Of course, solicitors would also have been more expensive but more importantly I feel that they would not have approached my problems with the warmth and humanity that was offered by FLD. I also believe if I had used solicitors it would have taken much long to achieve the outcome I was after.
I would recommend FLD without hesitation.
Mr E. (Surrey)
Re-establishing relationship with daughter and son after 2 years of no contact
I have found the support and advice from Jeff invaluable. I decided to act as a litigant in person for a combination of financial reasons but also because I wanted to maintain control of my case and ensure the best outcome for my children. Initially I did this on my own and soon ran into difficulties (despite being a confident person in a profession which involves public speaking and analysing information).
Having Jeff’s support has helped due to his quick thinking in the court room. But it’s not just the knowledge and the skills – he combines a supportive understanding of a very difficult and upsetting situation with a clear headed willingness to tell you when he thinks such emotions risk making you say or do unhelpful things.
Thanks to Jeff’s support I have seen my children for the first time in a couple of years and have a permanent contact order in place.
Mr C. (Hampshire)
His hard work ensured that something that had taken my son’s solicitor 4 ½ unsuccessful months to do – he did in less than a week
After months of trying to figure out exactly HOW I was going to be able to see my grandchildren ever again, being told by several solicitors that the estimate was between £5 and £10.000. This amount could escalate to even MORE, I became increasingly despondent as there was no way possible for us to afford this.
One night I thought I’d check on the internet and I am so pleased I did. I stumbled across the Family Law Decision and decided I had nothing to lose so I called up.
I spoke to Jeff, who gave me brilliant advice and plenty of encouragement. His advice was much more in depth than the solicitors I had been in contact with. All the solicitors were telling me how it could run into thousands of pounds! Jeff referred me to Colin Brealey who lived the closer to us and the mother of our grandchildren.
Colin contacted us and we arranged to meet. Colin travelled to us and we started to complete the all-important documents. He was totally focused and I have never seen anyone who was as thorough as Colin. Spending endless hours making sure he got it 100% right before sending our application. Getting contact with our granddaughters was all we wanted and Colin remained positive and did all he could to make this dream come true. Colin was ALWAYS at the end of the line, when I was getting nervous, feeling upset or just to ask him questions that was worrying me. NEVER, did he make me feel like a nuisance. He always got back to me and left me feeling more confident.
My son had a solicitor for 4 ½ months – who in that time – could not locate my granddaughters mother’s whereabouts. However, Colin’s thorough completion of the necessary forms found the mother within less than a week!!! Yes, a week. By the time we went to our first hearing, my son’s solicitor was still “looking” for the mother!
Colin’s hard work ensured that something that had taken my son’s solicitor 4 ½ unsuccessful months to do – he did in less than a week. This ensured a court date far sooner than expected. On the day of the hearing Colin stood by us and his professionalism made us proud to have him on our side. His advice, knowledge and his willingness to always go that extra mile for his clients makes him an asset on your side! He leaves you feeling confident that he will do his best.
Proof in the pudding – Colin managed to get us to see our grandchildren on a Sunday, once a month. He also managed to get a phone call every Wednesday for us to speak to our precious granddaughters. We would highly recommend Colin without even thinking twice.
Colin, thank you for all you have done. You have no idea how amazing it was to speak to the girls after five months. Seeing them is going to be the “cherry” on the top. YOU made this possible for us. You will always be remembered for this. The word thank you does not really do enough justice to how grateful we are and appreciate your help. Thank you.
Mrs G. (Suffolk)
All the contact I wanted; Your help with the position statement was invaluable
I would like to thank you for your assistance in my case. At least 13 hearings as a LIP prior to seeking your help, I now have all the contact I wanted.
Using a McKenzie Friend should be advertised more aggressively as many fathers/children are missing out without it.
Jeff, you stopped me deviating and gave me focus and the reassurance I needed. Your help with the position statement was invaluable and was definitely a key factor in helping me gain the contact I wanted.
Mr W. (Surrey)
He went above & beyond what I would expect & I cannot thank him enough
Colin was called upon late on in my son’s court process. It was actually 2 days prior to the position statement needing to be filed. Colin went above & beyond what I would expect & I cannot thank him enough. Away on his holidays Colin took time to discuss the case & within the space of one evening had gained an insight into the previous hearings, drawn up & forwarded the statement to us. Colin also supported my son in court. This had previously been a daunting experience. However, with coins support the hearing was calm & productive resolving in a comprehensive order which at present is working well. I would highly recommend Colin Brealey & family law decisions
Mrs C. (Walsall)
Professionalism much appreciated
Jeff, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your professionalism and support leading up to and at the final hearing on Wednesday. It was much appreciated.
Mr P. (London)
Extremely professional, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services
Colin, I just wanted to thank you for the time you spent with my ex-husband and I the other day. After over 3 years of an acrimonious break up we have finally been able to sit down and agree some points of action for managing our son together. Since then we have had discussions via text and been able to sort through some issues that have arisen. I thought the way in which you handled 2 very strong people was extremely professional – allowing us to have a bit of a, long overdue, rant at each other but then bringing us back to the matter in hand.
I can highly recommend (informal) mediation and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services to anyone that asks. Many thanks.
Mrs J. (Derbyshire)
Now enjoying regular and increasing access to my daughter
I used Jeff Botterill as my Mckenzie Friend for my case in July 2012. After experiencing the expense of using a solicitor the initial attraction of using a Mckenzie Friend was the price, however the advice and support I received was invaluable.
Going to court is a nerve racking experience in any situation and representing yourself seems like an extremely daunting task, questions like what to prepare? where to stand? what to say? Were just a few of the things I was concerned about but having Jeff with me gave me the knowledge and confidence to successfully represent myself.
I am now enjoying regular and increasing access to my daughter.
Mr O. (Essex)
Lot of support, telephone, in person pre-court preparation, at the hearing
I was introduced to Family Law Decisions, Mr Brealey by a work colleague. I had already been through the courts for access to my daughter the previous year. And was supported by a very expensive solicitor.
I had a lot of support via telephone and in person for court preparation and in person for the hearing. In my case, the legal advisor allowed Mr Brealey to make comments and suggestions to progress the hearing.
I have been extremely pleased with the service, assistance and advice received from family law decisions and would definitely recommend them.
Mr W. (Leicester)
Lord Justice Wood – “beautifully crafted” document (Skeleton argument for Appeal Hearing)
Dear Jeff, Just a quick few lines to thank you again for your support yesterday and the fantastic work you did on our Skeleton Argument. I thought it was exceptional myself but obviously I don’t have legal training.
I don’t think you could get a higher accolade than Lord Justice Wood saying that it was a “beautifully crafted” document twice during the hearing.
Mr B. (London)
Ticks all the boxes
Colin Brealey ticks all the boxes concerning what a good McKenzie Friend should be.
Michael Robinson, Author of The Custody Minefield and creator of The Custody Minefield (the most visited internet site on leave to remove, internal relocation, enforcing contact orders and shared residence)
Knowledgeable regarding denied access and parental alienation
I enlisted Colin to help me through a particularly difficult case, when I was being denied access to my Daughter, even though there was a court order in place giving me access, it was made all the more difficult due to parental alienation issues.
I found Colin to be extremely professional, and more importantly, knowledgeable regarding the specific areas of my case with which I needed help. He gave me the confidence and inspiration to represent myself in such a way, that the Judge actually remarked on the extent of my knowledge and argument in putting forward my case.
I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Colin to anyone who (unfortunately) finds themselves in a similar position to my own.
Mr F. (Lancashire)
Successful Fact Finding Hearing
Due to a change in circumstances with my previous McKenzie friend it was recommended to me that I got in touch with Colin Brealey. He came into the proceedings quite late in the day and had a lot of work to do to catch up with the goings on. He spent a great deal of time in communication with me, both over the telephone and in person. I can say without any doubt that the positive result I received in my hearing was down to the tremendous hard work that Mr Brealey dedicated to me.
He listened very well to all of my concerns and had a great understanding of the difficulties I was facing. He has been through what I am going through, meaning he has a great deal of empathy to how I feel on a personal level as well. I was very anxious about what I had to face, but Colin calmed my fears. He was honest about what needed to be done and his knowledge of the proceedings was never in doubt. After my hearing, which was a fact finding hearing, the court actually took time out to congratulate Colin on his manner and conduct within the court room and told him how well he had handled himself.
He has eased my fears and shown me that expensive legal costs are not always required when dealing with the family court. He truly is a great person to be in touch with and I can’t thank him enough for all the hard work and dedication he gave to me and the friendly nature of his service. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second in recommending Colin to anyone who is facing similar challenges when it comes to family law. Although there is still a little while to go in my application I am extremely positive that with Colin by my side my aim of being a father to my son will soon be fulfilled.
Mr H. (Leicestershire)
£10,000 in solicitor fees and got nowhere fast – Now have desired result
I am writing this to express my sincere delight, happiness and any other fantastic word you could add of the assistance provided by Mr Colin Brealey regarding my family matters in the county court.
I had pre Colin paid out over £10,000 in solicitor fees and got nowhere fast, I contacted Colin after he was recommended by a friend in a similar situation. It was at very late notice but Colin assured me he would assist with all my legal paper work and proposals regarding my two children. Colin contacted me at a suitable time for both of us but then stayed up via phone contact till 02:00AM!!!!!
UNBELIEVABLE but yes he did, he managed to complete all my necessary paper work for the court on such late notice due to my late contact but he stayed awake completing this as the next day was the court trial. Colin also attended court in person as my McKenzie friend and assisted me in what I needed to do to get the desired result.
I was awarded the children more favourably than my ex-partner and I feel, now I know it was down to Colin’s help, I will be ever in his debt as my children are my world and having them taken away by a court and their mother was the single most worst thing I have ever had to experience in my life. Colin I owe you one fella
Mr G. (Leicestershire)
I would not have achieved what I have now with my son without his insight and drive
Colin Brealey has given a functional approach and support towards dealing with a very complex and delicate matter regarding my parental rights, shared residence and defining sleepover periods. His contribution is outstanding and the information supplied by Colin allowed me to gain an insight of the workings of the legal system. He has been involved with laying the foundation of a son to bond with his father.
Colin’s input to the preparation of the contested hearing was well structured; starting from basic statements revision and improvements; aiding in communication with legal authorities and the opposite party. He spent considerable time dealing with questions and methodology that assured I could put forward my points of perception during the hearing.
I consider Colin very knowledgeable in legal rights concerning family matters. He works to the benefit of the child. I would not have achieved what I have now with my son without his insight and drive. Colin has a strong professional approach, with a key focus on preparation and having the right information to deliver a concise point of argument when accusations and emotional feedback are being hurled, creating a minefield of dilemma and animosity between two parties.
Mr A. (Leicestershire)