Assessment and Advice Session

Having been given notice that my ex-partner was applying to the Family Courts to relocate our daughter to Australia, I knew I had a serious, potentially life changing, problem on my hands but I was instantly certain I would be defending myself. Previous experience I had garnered in the courts was nothing short of depressing and had left me eminently reluctant to be legally represented. Aware that various historical incidents provided for a strong defence, I simply did not trust any solicitor to care enough to collate and disclose the wealth of information I had at my disposal in the manner which best suited my case, nor did I have the funds it would have cost me to commission them to do so.

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.
– Mr P. (London)

We offer assessment and advice sessions where more specific information and support can be provided on a one to one basis with a highly experienced and knowledgeable McKenzie Friend.

These can be arranged as a face to face meeting or by telephone/Skype as required by you. We find that one or two hours is enough time generally for our McKenzie Friends to look in more detail at your case and provide the information you may require to take matters forward in as successful a way as possible.

Important relevant documents can be read at or before (if copies provided) these assessment and advice sessions so that well informed information can be provided to you on what the best options may be in the circumstances. How we can help you turn around a possible poor situation or ensure you do not make mistakes that will slow or ultimately scupper your aims.

These assessment and advice sessions with our highly experienced McKenzie Friends are frequently seen by our clients as essential to them in formulating tactics and an overall strategy to obtain the best possible results for them and their children.

At times options being pursued or being considered to take forward by a client may after an assessment and advice session be understood to be counter-productive to the overall strategy and may need to re-adjusted to ensure the ultimate aims stand the best chance of being achieved. It is only when sitting down and talking matters through carefully and with an knowledgeable and skilled McKenzie Friend that damaging or unhelpful tactics being presently used are brought to light and can then be rectified to ensure the client's case is far more likely to be successful.

The feedback we receive from those who have had an assessment and advice session with our McKenzie Friends is extremely positive and they generally provide crucial information to those considering or who are already involved in the family law processes.