Family Law Decisions provide you with affordable high-quality confidential support at the family courts in England & Wales and for remote video hearings.
We can assist you with drafting statements and making applications.
You will benefit considerably from our extensive experience and our knowledge of family law matters.
We only work in family law and will provide you with a good and fast professional service.
I am not English and Jeff has been amazing. He guided me through the process of going to Court for my Financial Situation for my divorce.
He supplied me with all the information that I needed and he answered all my questions regards to the Court. I felt well supported and well prepared for the appearance.
I highly recommend his services.
We were assisted by Tom Edrop and cannot thank him enough.
Our Court outcome was as we wanted and Tom was brilliant, he prepared my daughter for the Court Hearing and constantly put us at ease when we got worried.
Always returned email queries with professionalism and prepared an outstanding Position Statement for us.
Hope you are well. I just wanted to say how happy I am with Julie. She is informative, emotionally supportive and consistent. I would like to continue on this journey with Julie as my McKenzie friend as I feel she will have a positive impact on my case.
He is personable and empathetic, his own life experiences give him an amazing foundation for giving others support. Often in court, the judge would override an actual qualified solicitors offer of legal advice and put Colin as priority when asking legal direction. He is worth every penny and I will always be grateful for his organisation, advice and genuine support.
Thank you Colin.
On behalf of myself and my family We would like to thank you for all of your assistance yesterday. Your guidance throughout, and the presentation of the documents was first class. Restoring contact with ******* was the best Xmas present we could have hoped for.
We had a get together last night but at the weekend we can have an even better one with our *******.
Hi 🙂 my name is as stated above I was supported last minute by Izhaar Uhaq for my Non-Molestation hearing today as the applicant.
I cannot be grateful enough or express how satisfied I am to have embarked on the help given to me at later stages prior to my court hearing.
I am quite intimidated by the legal jargon and basically wanted help in a way of interpreting my options or questions in more of a way I could understand and express my response to the best of my ability. Not only this I found Izhaar to have a rare quality in being a gentle individual in his approach and offered a great deal of potential in the way of a personable and by offering a great deal of empathy and understanding.
Thank Izhaar, I hope I can continue to embark on your services for the remainder of my Child Arrangement Order in the up and coming future.
You are an asset to the team.
Thanks to your excellent witness statements and a really good CAFCASS reports we came away with all the orders applied for. All in All a very good result!
Your help in this matter was invaluable. 6 months ago I was lost and in despair but thanks to you we can now settle back and get on with Family life again. Hopefully stress free from this point onwards!
I would not hesitate to recommend You to anyone in need of your services.
Very Best Regards
We’ve been back at court today and finally have a judgement from His Honour Judge Bellamy who has granted me permission to appeal and has agreed to investigations in accordance with our skeleton argument.
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for us. HHJ Bellamy commented that it was a very detailed and extremely helpful skeleton argument, so basically you’re brilliant and I owe you so much.
I would like to thank Haleema for the wonderful job and assistance you did at my remote court hearing.
You have been so helpful, knowledgeable and supportive throughout. I was so worried as it was short notice before the hearing, and yet Haleema managed to prepare and deal with everything professionally.
I will always be grateful for the positive outcome of the hearing.
Thank you so much again.
It’s difficult to understate the benefit Colin’s vast experience had on my case. His straightforward advice – based on that vast experience – is very refreshing after having dealt with ambiguous and sometimes confusing correspondence from solicitors.
My case was an 18-month difficult case and I have just had a successful outcome.
Excellent value for money and highly recommended.
I was very happy with the service I got from Izhaar he was my rock I was in despair till I spoke and got help from him I would recommend this firm to anybody who needs help they are absolutely brilliant kind caring and very professional I felt so much more confident once they started helping me thank you so much.
I would recommend FLD without hesitation.
I would like to say a big Thank you to Haleema for all the help and advice you have given me with regard to my Recent Court hearing for Family matters.
After receiving a return date for a hearing with just 6 days to prepare I contacted Family Law decisions and by return by Email and numerous phone calls Haleema guided me through the whole process even telephoning me on a Sunday, … To offer helpful guidance and assistance in preparing a Position Statement and advising me on the various different options I should consider at the hearing.
I’m pleased that together in court with me as a Litigant in person and Haleema as my McKenzie friend we achieved a successful conclusion to the hearing given the circumstances. Haleema was very professional, thoughtful and understanding, and very knowledgeable about the subject of family matters she answered any questions I had and I felt she went the extra Mile to reach a successful conclusion in my case.
Thank you so much Haleema and should I need your services in the future you and your colleagues at Family law decisions will be my first port of call.
Haleema has been amazing with how she has supported me with my final hearing. I had a bit of a meltdown on a couple of occasions and she was incredibly understanding. We spoke about the court process and she helped me prepare an oral submission and questions. Post-hearing I received notes and she helped me to think about the next steps. All in all a really good experience of her service.
When we began in the Family Courts we were paying for legal representation in the form of various Solicitors and Barristers, some progress was made but this took some 2 years to achieve at extortionate costs to us.
We approached Jeff to enquire whether he would be able to assist us in the continuing family matter and Jeff confirmed his terms and conditions to us from the outset, we were very happy with all of the details that Jeff passed over to us and we were pleased to have his support.
Jeff has been a lifesaver. Literally. Jeff’s knowledge of the process that we have been going through is comprehensive and moreover, Jeff has a unique insight into our particular circumstances and has, on many occasions, offered us his support and advice on how to deal with matters that surround the Court case. This has proved invaluable and has helped us both cope with the process on many occasions.
Jeff’s integrity and honesty are outstanding, he is a man amongst men. Jeff had complete compassion for our situation. Jeff has a keen eye for details and is extremely prompt with his responses – which has helped us cope with some stressful situations.
Our only regret is that we did not know of Jeff’s existence when our Court proceedings began – we are completely certain that his involvement from the start would have benefitted the matter a great deal and not to mention, save us a considerable amount of money that we had to pay for legal representation.
We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jeff to anyone.
I was recommended to this company by a family friend & if l am honest was slightly dubious. But there was clearly no need to be so.
I had a long chat with Carly, who heard me out, listened intently, never once hurried me, cut me off, made me feel l was wasting her time, she was in a phrase a “God Send”. At a time of despair & not knowing which way to turn, Carly advised me, gave me all the options & made good sound suggestions & together we decided on the way forward.
Never ever was l made to feel l was bothering her, she even spoke with me once out of hours, when she realised l had had some, not so good news & reassured me we could make this right & that’s exactly what she did. I can’t praise her enough. And l shall always recommend her to my family & friends.
For me, this is an ongoing situation, which l will be using Carly to help me with legally in the future. Cannot thank her enough & would definitely recommend as professional, efficient & definitely knows her stuff.
I had become the latest casualty in a greatly unfair legal system where woman can abuse the system to get rid of their husbands or fathers and put the man through the most unjustly unbelievable nightmare experience where the law treats the man like dog poo and puts the woman in full control of events, calling all the shots. My mental state was called into question. I was accused of being a domestically violent man etc.
It wasn’t until somebody introduced me to Colin Brealey (Family Law Decisions) that someone listened to my plight. Mr Colin Brealey is a ‘McKenzie Friend’ a person that fights cases for men at a vastly reduced cost.
Mr Colin Brealey is not a man of many words. He is so vastly experienced in all of these matters he will get straight to facts. He will just deal with the facts not the emotional gossip or unhelpful slagging off of your ex-partner or situation. He quickly dismisses with the useless emotional stuff and gets right down to business. Just give the man the stuff he asks for, stick just to the facts, do exactly as he tells you and let him take over completely.
I went to court with Mr Colin Brealey six times. Each time I went to court he reigned supreme. He knew more than any of the judges and had them eating out of his hand. He was very influential in Court and with each hearing successfully obtaining more and more meaningful contact with my daughter.
On ../../201.. Mr Colin Brealey successfully won my final child arrangements court hearing victoriously! Overwhelmingly! I was awarded full joint shared care of my daughter. Mr Colin Brealey is the peoples champion. He is passionate about delivering justice for men. He is a no-nonsense person and will not suffer fools gladly, he will not waste words, but his actions say it all. I implore any man out there whatever your own personal story may be this is the man who can. Mr Colin Brealey did it for me in style! If anyone can Mr Colin Brealey can. He is just one amazing human being but you must do as you are told stick to the facts and let him take over completely and do his thing. He is a bloody marvel! An amazing man who can.
I contacted Colin in an attempt to remove the adversarial approach from my case and to help me understand a legal situation that was out of control.
From my initial meeting with Colin it was obvious that he knew more about Family Law than any solicitor I had talked with and that he had a constructive approach to arriving at a workable solution.
Colin explained to me in detail how my case was likely to unfold. He outlined what contact was likely to be agreed and helped me to set workable expectations. At each stage of the court process Colin removed all the unnecessary legal details and simplified what had previously been a confused legal battle in to something that was simple to understand and much less stressful to manage. We worked together, making it possible to clarify things for the court, welfare officers and the other party.
Colin focused on what needed to be done to increase contact with my daughter, he was always available to address any concerns or issues that I had and to provide guidance with any court paperwork.
At each hearing Colin sought to find common ground between both parties rather than continuing the arguments that my previous solicitor had perpetuated. This achieved an increase in contact where previously no progress had been made for almost a year.
The depth of practical experience that Colin has, and his positive, constructive approach helped me to arrive at a situation where the other party agreed to much more contact than I would have achieved if I had continued with a solicitor. At the same time Colin kept me focused on my daughter rather than on the other party.
Colin makes Family Law work for families.
Excellent service. Very helpful.
I recently reached out to this company for help with a legal family matter and was helped by a lady called Lisa Ivanow. I can not explain how pleased I am with the service I have received. Lisa’s knowledge and professionalism was outstanding. She went above and beyond to help and advise me. Replies were quick, detailed and easy to understand. I am extremely satisfied with the service I have received and would recommend Lisa and this company to anyone. I would 100% use them again in future if needed.
Family Law Decisions provided me with a McKenzie friend (Jeff Botterill), advice on the process, help working with the various experts, and other ongoing 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 wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone seeking a child-focused resolution.
My application had previously been dismissed and I was losing hope and lacking the motivation to make progress. Jeff’s direct and no-nonsense approach was invaluable throughout very complex and difficult proceedings. Even though we did not always agree he was able to see the best way forward and even gain the respect of the Judge. He was always calm, reliable, professional and reassuring when I needed it. I am now seeing my daughter regularly and am grateful to benefit from his experience.
Hello Julie and Haleema,
I had pre Colin paid out over £10,000 in solicitor fees and got no where 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, no 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.
Result! Jeff helped me to win my Final Hearing so my daughter can now come and stay at my house. Straight talking and knowledgable he was better than my previous barrister and around a quarter of the price. I wish I had known about McKenzie Friends a year ago and would recommend Jeff to any father going through the slow pain that is the UK family court system.
Jeff, your experience of the English Family Justice System is second to none and you have been invaluable in helping me achieve 50/50 contact for my daughter. Thank you very much for all your help and advice.
Good morning Jeff, Thank you for all your support and hard work.
I’d like to thank Izhaar for his help with my application for child arrangements. He made the anxiety-inducing jargon of a complicated form simple via a single telephone call. I’m confident that if I require more guidance in due course I’ll contact him without hesitation. The cost was so much more affordable than using a solicitor for the exact same process. Thank you Izhaar.
Having previously had a contact order in place my contact was stopped due to malicious allegations being made against me. I contacted Colin for advice and we set out on a long journey which culminated this last week.
During the 14 months of litigation Colin held my hand every step of the way helping me to navigate the numerous reports and interviews with Cafcass and Social Services. Colin also guided me through a Finding of Fact hearing listed for a whole day after which no findings were against me.
Throughout all the ups and downs Colin has been there for me day and night whenever I have needed him and I cannot thank him enough for all the support he has given me.
I no longer consider Colin as just somebody I turn to for advice, but a true friend, thank you.
I called family law decisions when I desperately needed help and advice regarding a prohibited steps order for my daughter, I received help from Haleema Raja who assisted me with completing the relevant forms and applicant position statement, the situation changed and I had to attend an emergency hearing at family court and then soon after that the first hearing for children matter.
Haleema supported me with her expertise and experience while attending remote hearings, she was very patient and professional throughout as my situation kept changing. I was directed by the court to provide a more detailed statement Haleema passed me on to her colleague Izhaar Ulhaq he completed a very professional statement which was exceptionally drafted for the court.
All this has cost me much less than if I had appointed the services of a Solicitor. I’m very thankful to both Haleema and Izhaar – Great Service!
I have received much-needed support in my family law case involving our son, a case with a significant international element, from Jeff and Sania. Jeff helped me at a couple of key points when the international aspect was causing serious concern. More recently Sania helped me achieve some good progress on time spent with the child, something I had previously not had much success with on my own.
I have to say out of 15 or so court hearings, it was the least stressful so far having Sania there to provide guidance and support.
If you find yourself in family court, the right bit of help can make all the difference. Jeff and Sania so far have provided that help, which would have otherwise been inaccessible to me through the usual solicitors/barristers route.
I found Family Law Decisions through a web search. I had tried other McKenzie Friends organisations at first but got a rather generic reply by email or slow reply. However, Carly got back to me very quickly and has been really helpful and knowledgeable throughout the stressful hearings. It was like having a legally trained friend helping you through it. Highly recommended.
Testimonial for the work of Julie Marsden as my McKenzie Friend.
The service Jeff provided me in the very difficult situation, was second to none. I may have been paying for a service but I feel indebted to Jeff. – A very positive result for both of my kids.
The minute Colin took the case on he was very efficient. He was with me every step of the way, I always knew what was happening with the case and the next steps thank to Colin. If anyone who needs a Mckenzie friend I would most definitely recommend Colin.Thank you Colin for all your support.I really appreciate it
Just wanted to send you an email just to say how appreciated i am for your support throughout the whole case, couldn’t of done it without you and most definitely will recommend you for anyone who comes to me that needs an issue resolving.
Very professional and 10/10 for feedbacks, checking in and sorting all issues and Court forms. Good luck for future ventures and proceedings.
Izhaar has been absolutely amazing with my case so far.
Very professional and straight to the point.
So happy with the outcome of my 1st hearing thank you Izhaar from the bottom of my heart.
This is the second time Tom Edrop has represented my daughter in a family matter and can highly recommend him. He handled this case always in a positive way and managed to keep our feet grounded when we wanted to take on the whole world with frustration. He produced a fantastic Position Statement for us. Always polite often asking about our welfare when on certain days finding the going was tough felt like a virtual hug. A positive outcome in court allowing us the opportunity to plan for the future. Thank you Tom
Absolutely brilliant, quick efficient, helpful and polite Sania was excellent cannot recommend enough. Thank you Sania
They are confidential and they give to me a lot of help.
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.
A painless and smooth process…
I highly recommend Jeff Botterill to anyone involved in family court matters. His ultra-sharp advice proved to be very helpful.
I was particularly amazed how good he was at multi-tasking whilst I was cross-examing: he took accurate notes, prompted new questions and drafted submissions, all at the same time and equally well.
Representing myself for the first time at a full-day hearing was emotionally difficult, but his help was reassuring and caling. Thank you Jeff!
Many thanks for your services.
I have nothing but praise for (Family Law Decisions) McKenzie Friends, they go above and beyond, and you are treated with kindness and respect at a difficult time, their advice and support is invaluable and would highly recommend them to everyone. I will write another review after my case to update this review.
Absolutely unbelievable service. Especially for people who are forced into matters they cannot handle professionally or for financial reasons. I cannot recommend this service enough.
Family Law Decisions McKenzie Friends and Paralegals have been very helpful.
Carly Graham the young lady dealing with my case was very professional, she took the time to understand me and my case.
Very friendly and very helpful.
Hi, Colin sorry it’s taken so long for this.
Just wanted to thank Colin for all his hard work and support through my court hearing he was very professional helped me out all along the way answered any questions I had in real talk and that was very important to me I got everything I wanted, a change of residence, thanks to Colin and his team, thanks again Colin
Despite the fact I wasn’t able to get a barrister, Jeff and his associates have been able to bring my case forward, and defend my position in a way a barrister probably wouldn’t have, and for a very affordable cost.
I recommend Jeff to anyone facing legal family issues and wish to have tailor made defence.
In August 2021, mine and my Children’s world fell apart and we are still going through a horrendous situation. I can’t thank Carly Graham at Family Law Decisions enough for all her support, hard work and expertise. I wish I had have contacted Family Law Decisions sooner. Carly listened carefully, gave honest advice and best way forward. Carly always asks how me and the children are doing with our mental health too, she really cares. The Non-Mol order Carly did for me was approved by a Judge the same day. With all the emotions I am currently going through, I could not have done this without Carly. Thank you again Carly, you are amazing!
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
Just wanted to let you know that things are going smoothly with me and the girls. As I said all along, after 2 minutes of seeing them again it was back to normal, they had missed me, were happy to see me and said they never wanted not to see me.
I had my first overnight stay last weekend, and have another 2 weeks of 1 overnight, then I’m back to every other weekend (normal). I’m sorry it’s taken this long to write any sort of thanks following the court hearing but obviously I’ve been concentrating on the girls, work and have also managed to purchase my house so I’m back on the ladder too
I can’t thank Colin and Jeff enough, without their calm and professional approach, I wouldn’t have been able to stay focused and to have regained contact with my children so quickly. It’s amazing to know that there are people out there that will help, and no matter how much you feel like you’re on your own, you’re not, and there’s always hope.
Colin made himself readily available at the end of the phone or by email and always gave good, practical advice. It was clear that his knowledge of family law was vast. He attended the next court hearing with me, arrived early and, again, gave good, clear and practical advice on how we should proceed. In addition to the advice on how to proceed at the hearing, he also advised me on how to contact my daughter’s GP and nursery to ask for details of matters relating to her and gave me copies of template letters for this purpose.
Thanks to Colin’s vast knowledge of family law and his professional manner, he was able to negotiate with my ex-partner’s solicitor resulting in a final order which I was very happy with indeed. Colin continues to be available to me for advice by email or phone and I would not hesitate to contact him in the future if I had any further problems regarding contact with my daughter. I would also highly recommend Colin to anyone experiencing problems with regard to contact with their child or children.
Colin was very knowledgeable and a huge help in completing the documents for the court process.
No nonsense approach. Good value. It was nice to represent myself without a barrister doing the talking.
Mr Colin Brealey has been my McKenzie Friend and has helped me in preparing the case beforehand and has sat alongside me in court. Equally, he has provided moral support and quietly given me advice on issues that I wished to raise in court.
Reflecting on his contribution to my case, which was about the former husband and father of my children to win custody of them. It was a challenging experience and Mr Brealey helped me navigate that stressful time with consistency confidence responsibility and sensitivity. Needless to say, he has helped me win the case.
On balance, he has excellent legal experience and I would highly recommend him.
Tom Edrop took time to talk my son through what would happen at court and was responsive in dealing with and supporting him through the process, for the cost the experience and advice is fantastic! especially after having quotes from solicitors over £10k plus. I would gladly recommend Tom to anyone that is in a similar position.
I’d like to write this review in praise of the legal work carried out by Lisa Ivanow for me on multiple occasions. Faced with limited time constraints, Lisa eased my concerns and communicated clearly every step of the way. Lisa not only delivered what was required ahead of time. But used her expertise in family law to highlight the most important legal points that needed addressing.
Her work is flawless, professional and confidential. She has created complex court statements for me and I cannot be any happier with Lisa’s work. Please do not hesitate in contacting Lisa regarding any family law proceeding you need help with.
Before I met Jeff Botterill I was not coping well, I had spent over 30k on legal fees with another company with minimal progress, mine was a complex case in that conduct was an issue and I had to protect my children. Jeff’s knowledge and experience around family law is impressive – he knew about processes but more than that he also supported me and enabled me to keep me focused on what I needed to do to help keep my children safe at a time when my emotions were all over the place. There are no words that can recommend or thank Jeff enough for how he helped me and my children.
With help from Jeff, Haleema and Sania with my case has had a positive outcome so far for the family court at a very reasonable cost compared to solicitors. Final hearing is due to come but expect good results with the advice I have received so far.
Izhaar was very professional in his approach handling my case. The communication was very good always promptly answering my delicate queries. I would fully recommend Izhaar and Family Law decisions. Thank You.
I was really impressed by the quality of work or documents and advice provided by Sania. I wish I had met Sania or the McKenzie Friends earlier, this would have saved me a lot of money going to Solicitors. Sania is very knowledgeable about the legal matters regarding child arrangements. She was able to turn around the documents at short notice, and they were of high quality.
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.
Very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and responsive.
At a difficult time, it was a relief to have someone explain the process and support me in a professional capacity whilst keeping things simple enough to understand. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Thank you so much Tom.
You are the best among the McKenzie Friends. You helped me so much..Great job!
Thanks a million again for yesterday, the notes were great and I will be pursuing this transcription of the judgment.
All the very best
We are now a happy re-United family I never dreamed possible. I didn’t understand the court process, I cannot thank him enough for re uniting my family.
He was helping me write statements and filling in court forms until late at night and put up with my lack of IT knowledge, he is a wonderful guy, cannot thank him enough for what he has done.
My experience with Colin has always been exactly what was needed. Throughout proceedings, there were times when unfairness was rife. Colin ways gave me honest and helpful advice… Even when it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. His professional conduct was complemented by the other party. I really couldn’t have asked for more. Both myself, and my child, thank him for all of the work, help and guidance throughout a very challenging 18 months.
Colin has assisted me for 8 months over the course of 4 hearings, including one for a Prohibitive Steps Order, a 2-day Contested Hearing, a hearing for a Special Issue Order and a Final Hearing. His assistance has been invaluable from the very start. His knowledge of case law has assisted me in constructing arguments and he has helped to keep me objective in the midst of a highly stressful case.
As a litigant in person, at every hearing, I have had the outcome I wanted and can attribute this largely to Colin’s assistance at every step of the way. Outside of hearings, he has been a fantastic sounding board. He showed genuine care in wanting me to get the best outcome. Colin’s costs are very reasonable especially considering the extent to which he has supported me.
I have had the assistance of other professional Mckenzie friends, solicitors and counsel, none have assisted me in the way Colin has and for that, I am eternally grateful. Keep up the good work. LIP
I cannot thank Carly Graham enough for all of her help and legal guidance so far with my court case. She has gone above and beyond taking my calls late at night as I couldn’t have any consultations with her during work hours. She is so kind and lovely. Just what you need when going through a court nightmare.
Extremely pleased with the service in general and the prices are so reasonable when you compare them to the outrageous costs of any solicitor. I will continue to use Family Law Decisions McKenzie Friends & Paralegals throughout my case and would highly recommend them to anyone involved in a family court case.
Tom Edrop was very supportive, thorough and prepared all documents with great attention to detail.
Tom liaised with a third party on our behalf and as such, I feel Tom did all he could to help in such difficult circumstances. After the last hearing, we are now heading to our final hearing and I am now more than happy to have Tom as my McKenzie Friend once again. Great service, support and kindness from everyone at Family Law Decisions. Thank you all.
Mr Colin Brealey assisted me, as a McKenzie Friend when I applied for a Child Arrangements Order for my son.
His professionalism and human support helped me to get this problem sorted out easily and fast. I would highly recommend Mr Brealey to anyone who needs support in Court for family issues.
I would like to sincerely thank you for your attendance and assistance at court today as well as the positive outcome that was achieved.
From the day I first contacted Family Law decisions about the matter I have always been impressed by the high level of professionalism and excellent customer focus.
You took the time to listen to me and then clearly explained the legal aspect of the matter to my satisfaction. I was kept informed about the progress of the matter right up to the hearing today. I was anxious about the potential outcomes but your approach was very assuring and frank.
I thank you once again and will further seek your services as I deal with the other aspects of the matter.
After spending nearly 5k on a family solicitor who simply did nothing to fight my case but instead just rinsed me then somehow I heard of Family Law Decisions and Colin who gave me solid advice and for the fraction of the price brought my case to conclusion. Brilliant service.
Family Law Decisions was amazing, so helpful and calm dealing with traumatic situations. Very patient and thorough. Also can’t thank Izhaar Ulaq enough for helping us get our case heard when the court tried to dismiss it and dealing with every aspect. Thank you so much!
Hi, I have asked Colin Brealey for his assistance a couple of times now and have to say his services and knowledge are outstanding and very professional.
On both occasions my court hearings were successful and I have ended up with extra contact with my child. I highly recommend Colin Brealey and thank him sincerely for helping me out in a stressful time.
I have had the pleasure of working with Jeff and Colin, both highly knowledgeable and professional, they helped me remain calm under extremely difficult circumstances, without them supporting me in the background with all the court statements and by my side in court, I would have fallen apart. Their ongoing support has been overwhelming and this type of first class service is something you do not get using a firm of solicitors. I feel indebted to you both, thank you.
My advice to anybody looking at this website, pick up the phone, it will be your best decision that you have ever made too.
After representing myself over a couple of hurdles within the family law realm, teaching myself along the way, it finally became time to apply for a c100. I had my free half hour with a solicitor , and was made aware of the cost, to see through all the process would run me to nearly £9000.
Luckily with a little bit more research, I found family law. I filled in a small call back form, and within a few hours a lovely lady called Carly Graham called back and I must say, within a few minutes, she made me feel relaxed, relieved and recharged. I felt like before finding this company and the wonderful Carly my tank was on empty, physically and emotionally. Myself and Carly had a few chats on the phone and I was more than happy for her to take over. This lady knows her stuff. More than helpful, so articulate and explains the jargon of court paperwork in laymen’s terms. I actually feel that this firm charges less than what they should be, that’s how good Carly reflects on them.
I’m still in the process with my situation, and I know for a fact without Carly by my side, assisting me and explaining things in a clear way, I wouldn’t have got this far. Only a phone call or a Gmail away, and so so prompt in responding. Thank you for everything you have done for me so far, you’re no doubt a brilliant reflection on family law as a company. These people and this firm, really really do care. And I’ve never been one to write a review. Thank you again guys.
I see my daughter now regularly, go on holidays with her, she plays with her baby sister, sees her grandparents and I am seeing her grow up.
Jeff tells you it as it and not just what you want to hear, unlike so many solicitors I encountered.
He has many helpful tips on how to deal with the whole situation and provides thorough support
I would highly recommend using his services.
You stopped me deviating and gave me the focus and 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.
I’d recommend the help of McKenzie Friends to anyone, they offer great services for affordable prices.
I worked with Tom Edrop from (Family Law Decisions) McKenzie Friends, he has been very helpful towards me getting what I want from the court hearing and was very supportive during the hearing and I will be using his services again in the near future.
When I started this unexpected journey about the children custody battle I was Litigant In-Person and naive.
Naive in a way that I thought the judge or magistrate will see the situation regarding how ridiculous it was and expected common sense to prevail. My Ex-Wife got all the pack: Solicitor plus Barrister.
Trust me, going to Court without knowledge about how Family Court is working, no matter sensible you are, right you are convinced you are, you are wrong. Plain and simple.
My best decision ever was to contact Family Law Decision, Jeff and Colin. They saved me in all meaning you can imagine.
They are direct, clear, and listen to you but also not here to cuddle you.
Their will is to provide you with the best outcome and for this, they show you the best behaviour to adopt, what to say, what to read because they know what matters not to you but to the Court in order for you to get the best outcome.
I have done an FDHRA and second Hearing LIP. For 2 others Hearings, I choose them. Made such a difference and for the Final Hearing thanks to Jeff who helped me with this one, I got an order which I will never be able to have if I was LIP. Never ever.
Trust me all I am easy in a way frustration is overwhelming you, the unfairness feeling making you (like it or not) reacting not the right way. Jeff and Colin gave me the right kick in the butt to save my contact with my children and even more.
Thanks a million to you guys. I have no words to express my gratitude.
Any parent in trouble please forget solicitor and barrister and just contact them
Good morning Sir
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for us. HHJ Bellamy commented that it was a very detailed and extremely helpful skeleton argument, so basically you’re brilliant and I owe you so much.
The last part of HHJ Bellamy’s judgement was a bit of a blur as I was crying with relief. Obviously we need to discuss what happens from here.
Many thanks again.
I can’t thank you enough for your help and professionalism, it’s been 6 months now and everything’s going well, the children are happy and we are having a great time together making memories.
All the best.
Once again I am indebted to the support that Colin has given.
I have just finished using Colin at Family Law Decisions as my McKenzie friend in a child arrangements order. I cannot praise Colin enough, he was incredibly knowledgeable and instantly filled me with confidence. Together we managed to get an incredible result for my children and I. I only wish I had heard of Colin before I wasted thousands of pounds on solicitors! I genuinely cannot recommend him enough.
There are a couple of amendments to make, rest is perfect and to the point. You have really nailed it Jeff by making it flow so well and to the point. Thank you so much for your immense help and for being there with me all the way. I will send you an email when all is done or I need any other advice.
Until then a massive thanks once again.
All the best.
PS: I told my sister about you liking the different spicy food. She told me to invite you at some point to try ……….. food.
I was given Colin’s details by Families Need Father’s Nottingham. It was a time when I needed to save money FAST having spent over 18 grand on solicitors and barristers and was facing a significant income reduction due to COVID.
I didn’t look back; Colin was straight to the point from the start and very quickly got the route issues and basically cut through all the BS. Unusually I would say for a McKenzie Friend, he is very proactive and straight speaking; he doesn’t just do paperwork; he told me exactly what to expect and more importantly what to do. As he’s ex-military and a competitive person; he hates to lose. He didn’t lose with me. He’s well organised, efficient and does exactly what he says he’s going to do.
I had Colin assist me for over a year now and I’m going to use him again for an upcoming case that should wrap matters up. We’ve gone from starting contact with my children in a Contact Centre to regular fortnightly overnight stays and having them 50% of the school holidays; we moved forward in every case we fought. You may not like everything he says, but in my experience, it’s always accurate; do what he says and you will get the right outcome. I continue to recommend him to every person who is struggling to see their kids.
I had a domestic problem so I contacted Family Law Decisions.
Spoke to Haleema who was absolutely amazing. She talked me through everything she supported me through the most difficult experience of my life.
She was always there at the end of the phone & was by my side through it all.
I can’t recommend Haleema enough she’s amazing & she cares about you.
Tom Edrop was very supportive, the day before Settlement Conference he gave me a call and explain the whole procedure such as how it goes, what to expect and how we can approach issues. We narrow down the issues we want to deal with instead of going full package.
During the hearing, he was assisting and we had a WhatsApp connection all the time, he redirect me to the right point when I start floating to keep me in the path. It was not a fight between mom and me and the opposition did not show any interest to get this deal done.
Tom assisted me to get maximum contact which was nowhere near ideal but our hands were tied. After hearing we review it again and I think I couldn’t get this agreement without Tom. I am now more optimistic for the final hearing.
Jeff writes the most wonderful position statements. Whenever I received them, I was in awe of how he was able to state everything that needed to be said in such a laconic, precise way and always with the perfect tone. Facing a stream of accusations from the mother, I recall receiving a second position statement from Jeff, and saying out loud after reading it “Oh my god- he’s snookered her- how did he do that in 2 moves“. Jeff is so knowledgeable and insightful in matters regarding the family courts, I wholeheartedly recommend Jeff as McKenzie friend to any parent striving to achieve the best arrangement for their family, most importantly I recommend really listening carefully to the advice that Jeff gives you.
He is like the Maradona (at his peak) of McKenzie friends in the family courts. In a split second, he is able to survey the field, cut out all the noise and map out a direct route to the goal. Then move swiftly towards it, negating all obstacles and opposition as though they are moving in slow motion, with an understanding of what they will do before they do it. and finally, when the ball is in the net, he has the humblest of celebrations, telling you it was all down to you. Having the assistance and guidance of Jeff as my McKenzie friend through one of the most important and stressful situations of my life, was paramount to achieving the best possible family arrangement for our daughter. Thank you so much, Jeff, from both me and my daughter.
My case began as a relatively simple one, seeking to extend my shared residence of my children to include one midweek overnight stay during term time, rather than simply taking them out for tea after school and returning them to their mother.
Things became more complex when false allegations of violence against the children were made by the children’s mother against my fiancée. Social Services intervened, with both my fiancée and I unable to see the children for a period of time whilst investigations took place. Social Services thankfully saw through the allegations and determined that my fiancée posed no risk to the children.
Throughout the entire case, from drafting the initial application to court, accompanying me at court, drafting position statements, advising on dealing with social services, to negotiating a consent order with the other side’s solicitor, Colin’s assistance has been instrumental in ensuring that the final outcome not only met my initial objectives, but in fact exceeded them.
Colin has performed all of these services professionally and to an extremely high standard. I have encountered quite a few solicitors and barristers over the years in the course of mine and my fiancées dealings with the family courts. I would place Colin as at least the equal of the best of those legal professionals.
I should also make mention of Jeff Botterill, who deputised when Colin was unavailable. Like Colin, Jeff also provided a highly professional service, and gave me confidence when appearing in court.
I will forever owe these gentlemen a debt of gratitude for their assistance. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Colin and Jeff.
Carly was a really fantastic choice she went out of her way to help and was a great listener as well she did an amazing job and I wish there were more legal people like her. *****
I would like to say a massive thank you to Jeff for all his help and support through my family court hearing.
He made my process so much easier and took so much pressure off me. He helped write out my statements. He was so genuine and kind he made me feel at ease. Couldn’t have done it without him.
Absolute excellent support.
Previous experience had also taught me that attending court is an overwhelming and daunting experience so I was conscious that I needed some form of guidance to see me through to the end. Which is when I found Family Law Decisions and in particular, Jeff Botterill, whom I knew straight away was the person I wanted by my side during the whole process. Jeff is extremely calm and reassuring with a knowledge base that is immediately evident. It also helped to learn that once upon a time he had been in my shoes and could recognise the anguish and anxiety I was feeling.
Jeff Botterill is simply a genius and I’m utterly convinced my life would not be so wonderful now if it were not for him. From the moment he agreed to assist me, I knew I was in great hands and a lot of the tension which inevitably builds up seemed to dissipate there and then. Once we got started, Jeff was great at stripping the emotion away and helping you to focus on what is important and ignoring what is irrelevant, as it is very easy to get caught up in the bitterness and unjust nature of everything. He keeps you thinking straight.
He is also a master at drawing up any court documents that will be required along the way and is exceptional at articulating every point of your defence. I was truly blown away when I saw my initial position statement – It summed up perfectly in 10 or 12 sentences what I had been frustratingly screaming about for years. A work of art.
Long story short, my ex-partner dropped her application completely after the first hearing and I was able to amend the existing contact order we had in place to provide for more time with my daughter at weekends and school holidays. The result is my relationship with my daughter is as good now as it’s ever been and I feel that I have been treated fairly by the courts. This is all thanks to Jeff.
I would recommend Jeff in an instant. He really is a godsend.
Although I had an idea of what I had to do next with regard to starting legal proceedings I knew I needed help. I visited my local Families Need Fathers meeting and met Mr Colin Brealey who chairs the monthly meetings.
Right from the start I found Colin to be helpful, professional and above all – totally child focussed. Colin advised and continues to advise me, along with many others within the Families Need Fathers meetings. Seeing Colin’s professionalism, I decided to accept his offer of assistance to help me through the legal process as a Mckenzie Friend. – This has got to be one of the best decisions I have ever made!
Colin advised me throughout the whole process – which in my opinion was much better than any solicitor I have ever had to deal with previously.
As I have already explained, Colin is totally child focussed and therefore deals with any issue in an unbiased and morally proper way rather than one of financial benefit to himself. That is evident when my costs for everything came to approximately 10% of a similar case I was involved with almost a decade earlier.
In short, I would have no hesitation whatsoever in strongly recommending Mr Colin Brealey to represent anyone who required a professional service for any matters involving children & family.
If I wouldn’t met Sania Mahmood, I would spend 1000s of £ for the same help from solicitors. She helped me with my case as well as moral advice. I would really recommend her for anyone who’s struggling with family matters.
I can hand on heart say that I would recommend you for advice to anyone facing legal difficulties.
Fantastic support and advice, I got the result I wanted plus emotional support, Replied to emails and phone calls very quickly. Thank you!
Apologies for taking so long to write to you. I’d wanted to get in touch and thank you for your service during court proceedings. It was really comforting to have someone there with me that knew the process, was understanding of my situation and wanted the best for myself and child.
I know that you went above and beyond and ended up doing CAFCASS’ job on the day too so really appreciate everything.
Having Jeff’s support has helped due to his: knowledge of legal matters; ability to prepare clear concise statements; and quick thinking in the court room. But its not just these knowledge and skills – he combines a supportive understanding of a very difficult and upsetting situation with a clear headed willingness to tell you when he think 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 am awaiting a more permanent contact order to be put in place.
I had Tom (Edrop) by my side, and I’m very grateful I did.
I was going through some horrific family chaos at the time, and Tom managed to navigate me through, both calmly and successfully. He was attentive, intelligent, reasonable, with a huge grasp to attain, retain and recall information quickly. Tom actually gave me some hope, and when you’re stuck against a not-so-pleasant other side, hope gives you confidence, and Tom gives you that in droves (along with good, solid advice).
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