A little about us...
I qualified as a Solicitor in April 1999 over 20 years ago and now decide to to use my 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.
I too went through a separation when my son was young, so I have my own experience to draw from of what it is like. I therefore can have compassion and empathy. What got me through, well after a while I decided to take some time out to heal, as my own hurt was getting in the way of being objective. Hence, why I now want to empower others. I strongly believe you need more than legal support, your life has been 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.
I genuinely believe when the right support is obtained whether that be professional therapeutic or appropriate 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 £200 plus VAT an hour, rather than £50 to £80 an hour without VAT for appropriate support and then get legal support which all ends up taking less time and money.
It allows you to look at your case in a new way, not through the eyes of fear and hurt, getting back at the ex but through what you want to achieve. Saving a huge amount of money, a clique but in my opinion, very true, getting on with your own life is the greatest revenge...
I came from a working class background, grew up in a not so perfect family. Went to University as a mature student, got an upper second degree. Astonished myself what I achieved in my postgraduate study to become a Solicitor with a distinction and a prize certificate for the most outstanding student.
I make mistakes like us all, I really try not to judge, I live by the sea, in my spare time, I swim, cycle, dance and play around with creative stuff and eat too much chocolate.
In addition to raising her teenage children under a co-parenting arrangement, Jo has a varied background in marketing and sales. She has also worked closely with children over the years on a voluntary and professional basis as a chaperone within the entertainment industry.
Jo’s decision to train with Simon Walland Family Law as a McKenzie Friend followed personal experiences of an absent father, her own separation and successfully supporting her partner through family proceedings. This experience and knowledge gives her a strong empathy with parents and children, meaning she is able to offer both practical and emotional support during what can be incredibly difficult times.
A passionate believer that children should maintain positive relationships with both parents following separation and that access to legal support should not be determined by finances, Jo has supported both mothers and fathers as a McKenzie Friend in Children Proceedings both in a voluntary and professional capacity, receiving exceptional praise for her ‘outstanding’ and ‘dedicated’ work. She is also a member of Families Need Fathers.
Outstanding, thank you Jo
I am writing to thank you for the outstanding work, guidance and support you gave me whilst acting as my Mckenzie Friend. Words really cannot give my appreciation justice. You carefully managed my expectations throughout and signposted me to useful information during often difficult and stressful times. The process was extremely daunting at first but you took the time to explain any questions I had and gave me the confidence to put forward my case in the best way possible.
I owe the outcome of my case to your friendliness, dedication and perseverence which you showed throughout the months leading up to my hearing. One again please accept my thanks and sincere appreciation.