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.
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 was a litigant in person for many years 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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