I have supported many people over the past 25 years in Criminal, Civil and Family Matters in my role as an Independent Advocacy Specialist and also as a McKenzie Friend. Similar boundaries apply to both roles in that both require me to abide by a strict code of practice regarding confidentiality and to demonstrate high levels of integrity.
I understand that as a McKenzie Friend I have no right of Audience and I work to the Practice Guidance for McKenzie Friends 2010.
I will support, mentor and advise you on Family Court Matters including:
Fact Finding Hearings
Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders
Having represented myself throughout acrimonious divorce proceedings (I won my case) I understand how daunting, stressful and costly the process can be.
I aim to empower individuals to remain in control of their case at a fraction of the cost of a solicitor.
I was invited to speak about my role, particularly when working with, and on behalf of people who have cognitive and/or communication challenges at a CPD for Judges and Barristers at Bristol University by Susan Jacklin QC (circa 2012)