Cases this month April 2016

Chris at Mckenzie Friend, was exceptionally helpful in my case. I am a 47 year old company director and my ex-partner was attempting to reduce access to my four year old daughter from 15 days a month to a mere six- on the basis that my daughter became tired when she stayed with me. This was completely untrue and it was confirmed by my daughter’s school. However, proving that this was the case was tricky and having experienced a strong degree of bias/ prejudice in favour of her mother in the public arena, I turned to Mackenzie Friend for assistance. Chris was exceptionally knowledgeable about the law surrounding my case and gave me some excellent advice ranging from “what if” scenarios to what to wear in court. Most importantly, Chris was a superb listener- which allowed him to become very knowledgeable about my case, and from my own perspective it was very therapeutic to have someone who was willing to listen to my problem and suggest solutions. He also made himself available at all times (despite obviously having a heavy workload) and responded quickly to my questions. Chris has a wealth of experience having attended court on a regular basis and an exceptionally sound knowledge of the law. I can happily say that I won my case with Chris’s help for a fraction of the  costs of using a lawyer. I thoroughly recommend Chris and will use him again in future should the need arise.

Thanks again for your valuable help.

 

 

Paul in Plymouth 

 

 

I have known Chris Coutanche for around three years, during which time he has been a McKenzie Friend in a large number of Family Court Cases. I have always found him to take a very child focused and common sense viewpoint and to give very valuable legal advice. He is well known within the legal community, and is frequently granted rights of audience in complex cases. Family Court outcomes should not be judged in terms of ‘winning’ or ‘losing’, but he has helped achieve very workable and sensible results for his clients in terms of contact orders, leave to remove cases and even in cases of parental alienation. I have frequently referred legal enquiries to him, and have no hesitation in continuing to do so.
Julian Cooper.

 Familys need fathers wrexham 

 

 I have used Chris recently on my own case recently. I would suggest him to anyone stuck in the minefield that is the uk family court system. Chris managed to turn my case round in the right direction in a matter of a few months after three years. Chris is child focused, and his knowledge of the court system is is beyond that of some of the so called solicitors that I have used in the past.

mark barry in Kent

 



I approached Chris in summer 2012 when I was going through a very tough divorce and the solicitors were eating up all my savings. The legal bills were atrocious as my ex was very unreasonable and deliberately increasing my legals costs to give me a hard time without having the best interests of our daughter at his heart. Chris gave me lots of moral support and confidence when I was at my lowest in terms trying to resolve Child contact issues. During the daunting court visits, I couldn't have done it without Chris's presence, particular in September last year, when the legal advisor questioned Chris's experience at the Priorty Courts, Birmingham and wasn't too keen on the idea of me having a McKenzie friend assisting me. I prepared the paperwork for the final hearing held on 8th January 13 and Chris reviewed my statement just to ensure that there was nothing controversial that would get me on the wrong side of the judge. The judge was very supportive of my statement and with Chris's assistance, I was able to confidently present my case without having to incur yet another ridiculous legal bill.

 

H Mawaha



Thank you Chris.

 

Dear Chris,
I would like to thank you for all your help. Thanks to your professionalism and expertise, I have been able to ensure safety and stability in my children's future.
After living for years with domestic abuse, I didn't even have the confidence to go to court after my husband had threatened to take the children away, to live abroad.
With your help and advice I have been able to make sure that the children will stay with me.
I was very lucky to find you, and I wish you all the best.
Thank you very much.

Tatinna in London 

 

 

9/11/16
Mr Chris Coutanche assisted and advised me through extremely difficult, painful and protracted family court proceedings. His knowledge and expertise of family law and the legal system surpasses that of any barrister or solicitor I have ever been represented by previously.
 
Most importantly, Mr Coutanche always focuses on the true and best interests of the child/children first and foremost and his advice to me throughout the case was invaluable.
 
I would not hesitate to recommend his services as a Mckenzie Friend and his professionalism throughout.      
 
Lucy Davies [ALIAS NAME]