How I work
I offer a brief introductory session (for free) to find out how I can support you. This is followed by a 1-hour, booked-in appointment.
During the 1-hour appointment, we will go into more detail about your case and agree on the work to be done, including booking me to attend your court hearing(s) with you.
I attend hearings and meetings in Brighton and the rest of Sussex, London and Surrey. I can cover other areas by arrangement.
Are you are dealing with a family matter and hearings in the family court without a lawyer?
Unsure what to do or how to do it?
Let me help you.
My name is Debbie Thomas and I can offer legal help without the law firm price tag.
I am passionate about helping you to achieve the right outcome for you.
It would be my pleasure to work with you and share what I have learnt from my years of experience of the family courts in England.
I represented myself in court for many years as a litigant in person and have direct experience of representing myself in family court without a solicitor or barrister.
I am a Professional McKenzie Friend based in Brighton and I have a legal background.
Professional McKenzie Friend
I have worked informally as a McKenzie Friend for over 10 years and I have a postgraduate law degree.
I am a Professional McKenzie Friend and am a member of the McKenzie Friend Organisation and of the Society of Professional McKenzie Friends.
I work according to the McKenzie Friend Practice Guidance.
And I adhere to the Society of Professional McKenzie Friends Code of Conduct for McKenzie Friends.
I have a postgraduate law degree but I am not a lawyer.
This means I can not sign documents on your behalf.
I can not speak to a judge on your behalf during your court hearing, unless a judge invites me to do so.
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