Terms and Conditions 

My services are provided are on a PAID BASIS, at an hourly rate (unless there is an agreed fixed fee)  of :


Mon-Fri 9-5pm £80 per hour


Mon-Fri 5-9pm £100 per hour for such matters as: 

  • Reading documents, such as Cafcass and Social Service reports and Court Orders

  • Reviewing position statements and statements for submission to court

  • Advice on how to best present your case to the court and Cafcass

  • Advice on how to establish a positive relationship with your Cafcass social worker

  • Advice on Positive Mindset Strategies and Shared Parenting Skills

  • Replying to texts and emails


If you want me to read documents relating to your case in order for me to give you feedback on your case such as Cafcass reports, social service reports or court orders, then this service has to be paid for in advance.

The minimum block of time accepted is 30 minutes, 

I offer a number of 1-hour information sessions.   This costs £100 and needs to be paid for in advance as it includes advanced reading 


Please email me dnfamilylaw@gmail.com to request any of the above services or book online. 


Payment can be made by booking the service online or via paypal if you email me.   


For the initial reading of documents I will provide you with an estimate of the time required to complete the tasks you request to be completed for you. If the tasks take longer than estimated (as the documents are more complex in content than you first outlined) then I will complete as much work as I can in the time you have paid in advance for and then contact you to request further payment


I am a non practising solicitor, so I do not hold a practising certificate.  I practised in family law for 15 years, and have been qualified for over 20 years.  I offer my service as a McKenzie Friend and make no warranties or representations of any kind with regard to my suggestions and I am not personally responsible or liable for decisions made by you, the court, or other parties.   


I reserve the right to terminate or suspend the McKenzie Friend service at any time and for any reason, if I feel that you are not someone whom I can support


My fees are non-negotiable. 


I will, at all times provide support in a respectful, honest, transparent manner. I expect to be treated in a similar way by my clients


Deposits to reserve my support at your court hearing are date specific

To book my support for your court hearing you need to pay an advance non-refundable deposit of £100 to secure the date. Once the deposit is paid, the remaining fee is payable 7 days prior to the hearing date.

Deposits are non-refundable. They are paid to book specific dates in my diary and I will subsequently turn away bookings on that date from other clients. If you change your mind after paying a deposit for a specific date and notify me you will not need my services, I reserve the right to take further bookings on that day

If your court hearing is postponed or rescheduled after you pay the deposit, the deposit is non-returnable and a new deposit for the new date is required


In emailing me, or booking my online services you acknowledge having read these stated terms and conditions and you agree that this is the basis on which I provide my McKenzie Friend service 



Deborah Nelson Family Law is NOT a legal advice service.  It is a support and guidance service.  


Although  Deborah Nelson is a qualified Solicitor she does  not hold a practising Certificate to be able to advise you as to the merits of your case.  We are providing a service to you as a McKenzie Friend/Legal Assistant and therefore will not be responsible for any adverse decisions made in your case resulting from documents we have helped you prepare and guidance given to you prior to or during court proceedings.  We will not be responsible for any decisions made by you, the court or the other party's solicitor. or applications, 


If you require advice about the merits of your case or application or what to say in your statements you should consult a Practising Solicitor who is regulated by the Solicitor's Regulation Authority or a Direct Access Barrister.