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Deborah Nelson has been qualified as a Solicitor for over 20  years.   She now chooses to use her extensive experience as a Professional Legal Advisor/McKenzie Friend.

So what you get is the experience of a Solicitor for a third of the fees.   You are empowered to represent yourself to get the best outcome.  

Read more below about Deborah or click here to book an Initial Chat  

A little about me...

I too went through a separation when my son was young, so I have extensive legal and personal  knowledge to draw from, my own and my clients.   

I needed to take some time out to heal my own wounds so they did not get in the way of supporting clients.   I needed to heal my ex was abusive and I had experienced Narcissistic behaviour.  It was not an easy journey so I truly know how devastating healing after Narcissistic abuse can be.   Hence, why I now want to support and empower others.  I have trained in many therapeutic modalities and and I am Trauma Informed and training to be a Trauma Therapist. 

I strongly believe you need more than legal support, your life is being turned upside down and when you are at your most vulnerable you are being asked to make major decisions about your life, your future and that of your children, if you have any.   There are many who have experienced abuse and really need to be supported by someone who is trauma informed and who understands Narcissistic behaviour.  I see so many client's who are misunderstood in the Family Law system and they can get further abused by people in the system.

The family law system is failing clients.  I came out of practice as a Solicitor as I wanted to find a new way of supporting and helping clients. 

I genuinely believe when the right support is obtained involving trauma informed and Narcissistic and Abuse aware professionals; therapists and coaching support, this will really help you to make the best decisions.  Too many times, I see client's spending huge amounts of money because they are letting their emotions lead the way and paying for this through Solicitor's at a minimum of £200 plus VAT an hour.  I meet client's when they have spent thousands and now need to pick up the pieces.  So why not choose the right support at the outset.


I  am down to earth, coming from a working class background.  I grew up in a not so perfect family.  I studies law at University as a mature student, achieved a 2.1 degree. I then astonished myself achieving a distinction in my postgraduate study to become a Solicitor and received an honour of a Law Society Prize Certificate for the most outstanding student in my year.  

I am on a journey like us all, I believe that life throws us lessons for us to grow.  I live by the sea, in my spare time, I love to swim in the sea all year round, cycle, dance and eat too much chocolate. 

The service from Deborah Nelson
Family Law


  • Experienced and Qualified Legal Professional

  • Honesty and integrity

  • Involved in 1000's of Family Law Cases

  • Over 15 years practice as a Solicitor

  • Reasonable fixed fees and hourly rates

  • Referrals to other services (if required)

  • Support and Guidance based upon solid legal knowledge


Why now practice as a McKenzie Friend 

I am able to use my professional and personal experience to support people through the legal matrix of Family Law.   

I  believe in allowing people to make their own informed choices rather than being swept along in a process.  I feel it is important for clients to feel empowered and running their own case with guidance and support will achieve this.  



The Service

My experience enables me to offer you a a similar role to that of instructing a high street Solicitor.  The service does not include advising on the merits of your case, 


I can explain to you what your options are, what the relevant law says, what the likely outcome will be of taking a step and what types of order are relevant in your case. After all it is your choice and no one not even a Solicitor can tell you what a Judge will order at a final hearing because, in my experience, every Judge is different and the evidence at the hearing can change a case.


 Preparation, a good case theory and good independent evidence to support your case is so very important if your case proceeds to a final hearing.  


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