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   McKenzie Friend Child custody expert support

As one of the most successful and experienced McKenzie Friend in the UK. with over 26 years of experience and assisted with over 5000 case

Professional experience in court proceedings

I will be able to assist you whether you simply require some initial advice to discuss your concerns and how they might be best addressed, or where the urgent intervention of the court may be required.

Unlike some family court services and McKenzie friends I have assisted with some of the most complex cases in the family courts including public law and removal from jurisdiction issues in The High Court London

My recent commendation from a Judge in the Supreme Court in London confers the level of expert knowledge you will have access to with my support. My credentials and reputation have been exemplary and consistent with over 20 years in the family courts support work

Help is available with individual pieces of advice on how to take a certain step in proceedings without the risk of missing something important, this will help you manage the overall process which in turn reduces the cost significantly compared to other services

There is a widely recognized presumption that a litigant in person (self-representing litigant) is entitled to have the assistance of a McKenzie friend whilst they are at court. If a party wishes to rely on a McKenzie Friend they should notify the judge from the outset of the hearing.

A judge will not usually refuse permission unless he believes that allowing the McKenzie Friend would interfere with the administration of justice. I have never had any resistance from any judge to support a case.

Some cases can be resolved without the need for a contested hearing, but without assistance and experience, family law cases can become protracted. I can make a difference during the early stages, even before any hearing takes place, to minimize conflict and the time taken to reach a conclusion.

The role of the McKenzie Friend is to assist the party rather than to represent them. 

 The general rule is that a McKenzie Friend can support the party in conducting their case, but cannot conduct it for them. However, experienced McKenzie Friends can be given rights of audience by the Judge and can take a more active role in the court hearing. This is particularly important when cross-examination is required, or where more sensitive and serious issues such as domestic violence are present.

When choosing a McKenzie friend, you must consider references and credentials in advance of any hearing to be certain that McKenzie is experienced and knowledgeable enough to support you. Over many years I have developed strategies that have been proven to be successful in bringing cases to a swift conclusion, always taking a child-centered approach.

The Judge will ask to see the CV of your McKenzie friend before the court hearing. My credentials have been considered in many cases, and the court has decided to grant the rights of audience in exceptional cases.

Since 2004 I have resolved more than 5000 cases, I have also assisted in several high-profile cases in the Supreme Court in London. I have achieved recognition for my work, and references in appendix notes from judges for my conduct. Please contact me to discuss how I can assist you further.