TESTIMONIALS

Thanks from Mother and Daughter brought back together

This FB message from a 15-year-old girl who’s Mum was denied residence and contact was the nicest Birthday present this year. From a mother and children I helped re-unite after ex had misled to obtain Residence and had denied Contact with lies:

Happy birthday adrian thanck u for helping my mum get me back xx I dont know what I would do with out my mum if u handent of helpted her but you are also a very clouse famliy friend x

Hi hun we both carnt thank you enough you brought my daughter home safe to me where she belongs. Thank you so much for helping us.” and ” hi adrian thank you for helping me to bringing my daughter home to me. i wish you a very happy birthday and i hope you had a wounderfull day.thank you so much for being there every single step of the way of my case. you help to restore my faith in a very big way. you have helped guide me and my family in every step that we have taken. you are are amazing.

Help going through Divorce:

My Mckenzie Friend ‘Adrian Berkeley’ guided me through my divorce with full legal competence, professionalism, personal compassion and understanding.
At a time when you don’t know which way to turn Adrian brought logic into all situations and made me sit back, reflect and not react in an emotional way to any upsetting situations. Thanks to this I was able to make informed decisions and move forward through each step of the divorce process.  I’d heard horror stories about the divorce process – being a long-winded, costly, gruelling process but mine was relatively short (10 months) and I truly believe it wasn’t as stressful because of Adrian’s guidance.
Words cannot explain how grateful I am for the work he did.  We got a better result than I expected and now it all seems like a distant memory – definitely yesterdays chip paper…
I will be recommending him to friends and family should they need help with Family Law.
Divorced and Happy of Manchester 2018.

LCM

Salford

Adrian I found he was very understanding to  my problems.  I had the impression he

understood and known straight away how to give me the advice I needed

and what to do about my situation.

I found his advice very helpful indeed and it did resolve my problems.

I thank Mr Berkeley  he is a very intelligent man very polite to talk to and understanding.

I would recommend Mr A Berkeley full marks to any one with great speed.

And thank you so much for his time.

DW

Audenshaw

Adrian made the making of my will an enlightening easy and pleasant experience. At 74 I thought it would be daunting but thanks to Adrian it was nothing of the sort. Thank you.

FAQ'S

Community Interest Companies (known as C.I.C.’s) are one of the fastest growing community oriented enterprise movements in the country. Roughly 1 in every 200 new companies last year was a CIC, and as of May 2016 there are more than 12,000 CICs on the Regulators register. CICs can vary from small ‘kitchen table’ type organisations, to multi-million pound turnover organisations employing thousands of people. They can be set up as both Company Limited by Guarantee and Company Limited by Shares, and are often described as Mutuals or Social Enterprise. Co-operatives can hold the status and it is feasible for a CIC to make an IPO and hold PLC status. It also provides individuals with a simple legal structure to show leadership tackling their chosen community issue. Central Govt, Local Govt and Charity are all using CIC to innovate their services, whilst a growing number of private sector companies are converting. It is being used across the country and by all spheres of society. The CIC legislation was introduced as a legal form under the Companies Act 2006 and subject to that Act and company law generally. The primary core features of any company holding CIC status are two fold; - Assets owned by the company are held in an asset lock which secures those assets to applications for the good use of community. - Limitations applied to dividend and interest payments made to shareholders and financiers ensure a profit can be made, but the primary focus remains on achieving benefit for the community Both of these features are regulated by the Community Interest Company Regulator via an annual report, known as the CIC34, which is submitted to the Regulators office on an annual basis. The Community Interest Company Regulator’s office is a part of Companies House and governed by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skill – BIS. The range of industries and markets that CICs are forming within is as varied as the economy itself – the majority currently within traditional Third sector activity areas such as Health and Social Care, Education and Community Services, but with an ever increasing number trading in traditional private sector activities such as property, financial and other professional services. To represent the CIC Community an Association – known as the CIC Association – was launched on the 9th of September 2009, with 4500+ members as at Jan 2016. It is the hope of the CIC Association to aid in the development of this legislation to help it continue to represent the growth of community enterprise under CIC regulation as both a brand and landmark legislation. References – http://www.bis.gov.uk/cicregulator/ http://www.bis.gov.uk/cicregulator/guidance The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills http://www.bis.gov.uk/

Anyone who is mentally competent is entitled to represent themselves in court (they do not need to employ a solicitor or barrister) and if they choose to do this they are termed a Litigant in Person (LIP). A LIP may be accompanied by someone to help them and this person is called a McKenzie Friend, named after the case which established the principles in 1970. This is not an automatic right, but a judge would only refuse to allow a LIP to have the help of a McKenzie Friend for a good reason. More and more people are conducting their own cases in court, without a solicitor or barrister, often because they cannot afford lawyers’ fees, and Legal Aid to pay these fees is becoming harder to obtain. Representing yourself in court is not as daunting as it may sound, especially if you have the help of a McKenzie Friend to assist in preparing the case beforehand and to sit along-side you in court. How can a McKenzie Friend help? What a McKenzie Friend May Do: • Provide moral support for the LIP • Take notes • Help with case papers • Quietly give advice on: points of law or procedure issues that the litigant may wish to raise in court questions the litigant may wish to ask witnesses. What a McKenzie Friend May Not Do • A McKenzie Friend has no right to act on behalf of a LIP. He may not act as the LIP’s agent in relation to the proceedings nor manage the case outside court, for example, by signing court documents. • A McKenzie Friend is not entitled to address the court, nor examine any witnesses. However, in exceptional circumstances, a judge may grant a McKenzie Friend what is termed “right of audience” in a particular case. The McKenzie Friend would then be allowed to address the court and conduct the litigant’s case for him, as a solicitor or barrister would normally do. Full Guidance about McKenzie Friends

Donations are gratefully received to enable LawFriend to continue supporting the people of North West England obtain the best outcome when dealing with the rather complex English Legal System. Contact Adrian on 0161-371 0011 or 07970 291197 or adrian@lawfriend.org