Assessment and Advice Session

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)

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.