The Women’s Lawyer has many happy clients who have found justice. Please see some of the kind things they have written about Camilla and her practice of family law below.
‘I just wanted to say thank you so much for being you. Without even knowing it you have been my support over my trying to get out/separation/divorce. You’ve listened, supported and been a friend when you already have so much going on in your own life. It’s been a tough journey but I’ve had amazing support from friends like you. Whether it’s through the entire journey or just a part of it you’ve had a huge impact on my life when I could have hit rock bottom. I will never forget your support ❤ thank you ❤
(p.s it’s official now)’
‘Camilla was the angel sent to me by pure light!
Out of the blue, I came to listen to her on BBC Asian radio network. I have never ever gone onto that channel before. It was a hard time and I was lost in divorce procedures, solicitors fees, and harshness of life. After listening to her, I decided to give her a call; she was very much sympathetic and understood my feelings. Yes, she has fees, but it was discussed after great consideration of my situation/case but above all, your feelings. Other professionals normally notify you of their fees first, Camilla hears your worries first. She approaches your concern, connects with you and motivates you to stay strong when you feel you have lost trust in the legal system, police and everyone else…she gives you that little extra to be able to stand up to your own rights.I have been let down from day one when I voiced out about my non-physical, abusive relationship. However, Camilla stood by me, and we pulled it out at the end. She attended court with me, and gave me all the support I required and above all, helped me make the best decision to move on in life but still fight for what was right till the end.
I highly recommend her; she is not only a lawyer, but a great friend to keep. Love her to bits…’
‘I was so delighted to find Camilla to act on my behalf – the minute I spoke to her on the phone I knew that I had struck gold! She is such a lovely person and you know that she cares for you above and beyond the legal knowledge that she is sharing with you. Camilla is so generous with her time providing reams of extra information and insight into a situation. She is extremely efficient, emails and calls are returned promptly and you feel that you are in safe hands. My experience in using Camilla’s legal expertise has been a very good one and I have already recommended her services to two of my colleagues’.
‘It was fortuitous I met Camilla. Being totally naive about the law and underestimating my ex partner’s intentions, I found myself in a complicated ToLATA claim upon my daughter’s and my house. I had already taken advice from two other legal sources who did not see the potential of a ToLATA claim being bought against me, but within half an hour of Camilla reading through my papers she had identified the seriousness of my predicament. Camilla explained, in layman terms, the intricacies and different types of ToLATA which were applicable in my case. She immediately researched similar cases and advised on how best to proceed. Working tirelessly, always available to talk, responding quickly and with her legal knowledge of both family law and ToLATA, the process was so much less painful. Regardless of what we believe in what is right and wrong, the law is a minefield of twists and turns and without informed knowledge of the legal system can be very costly from both personal time and financial aspects. I only wish I had Camilla on board at the outset to advise me.
With Camilla’s guidance and personal reassurance, we put together the necessary information to counter-claim and were finally able to secure a settlement in my favour. My father, a professional businessman, who in his many years of trading and use of the necessary legal system, was very impressed with Camilla’s skill and open approach in dealing with my case. I would, without reservation, recommend Camilla to anyone in the process of a difficult separation. She is like a breath of fresh air in hard times’.
‘I met Camilla in 2014 and she helped me with my legal matters with my ex husband. Camilla helped me through a bitter divorce battle over children and money. My ex husband was determined to take my children from me and refusing to deal with financial matters. He protracted all proceedings and was very unreasonable. Camilla was lovely throughout the whole litigation process. She was very calm and spoke very gently to me, him and in court. She was kind and gentle and I felt confident in her presence. She has fantastic legal knowledge and guided me very well through any paperwork and court preparation. She is very approachable and easy to get hold of. Her customer service is amazing and I could always reach her by phone, in person or via email. She is very reliable and got back to me swiftly all the times when I needed her. I would definitely recommend her to all my friends, family and any woman in need’.
Michelle, Hemel Hempstead
‘I’m writing this to give my reasons as to why I feel Camila deserves the award she has been nominated for. I first heard of Camilla purely by chance. It was 9 years after I had been assaulted by my 2nd husband. I was still technically married as he had left me with an enormous amount of debt and I could not afford any kind of legal help. I had limped along for 9 years doing what I could to clear the debts but couldn’t really see any way forward and had resigned myself to the fact that this was my life for many years to come.Then came a chance meeting with a lady who was in a similar position to me but who said she had a wonderful lady called Camilla who was helping her. I asked for Camilla’s details and arranged a meeting with her. I wasn’t actually getting my hopes up as I had been here many times before only to discover that there was nothing anyone could do to help me. Over the years I’d tried using pro bono solicitors, written to my local MP and even to the Prime Minister to try and see if there was anyone that could help people in my position but it was always a big resounding NO!
Anyway I had a meeting with Camilla and we discussed a way forward. The time passed quickly and it wasn’t until I was on my way home that I realised we had actually been talking for several hours, but I came out of that meeting on a real high actually believing that I might finally be able to get my life sorted. For the first time in over 9 years I could see a little glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. In order to keep my costs down Camilla suggested that I deal with the divorce and she would help sort out the deeds to my property. Some 2 years later I finally got my divorce and the house deeds were finally in my name. Quite simply my life has been transformed and I am a completely different person to the one I was and I owe it all to Camilla. So, you may be wondering why this makes Camilla so special! Surely she was only providing a service that I was paying her for. Well nothing could be further from the truth. When I started the divorce petition I found so many things I didn’t quite understand. I was nervous and scared I might make a mistake that would get me in trouble with the Court. Throughout it all Camilla was quite simply wonderful. She not only filled me with confidence and made me believe in myself for the first time in many years she also had the patience of a saint, never once complaining about the numerous emails I sent her, and believe me I sent her hundreds. (Could she confirm this, was that right, could she check this etc etc etc) At one point she even rewrote an entire section for me and she never once complained or said Viv this is not what your paying me for, or even ask for more money. When the time came for me to go to Court for the divorce I was a bag of nerves but Camilla was there as a Mckenzie friend for me, and again she kept me calm and filled me with confidence explaining what was happening and what was going to happen, again I had not paid her for this. It would have been a fantastic thing for her to do if she had done this only once but she actually did this a further 3 times. I never had to ask her to come with me she made it clear it was a done deal and she would be there for me.
Just after my divorce was finalised I went to help Camilla at a branch of Tesco’s where she was offering help and advice to people who needed it but who like me couldn’t afford it. Although she primarily wanted to help women, I saw her take the time to also talk to men who needed advice, no one was excluded if they needed her. I couldn’t help but admire this lady so much, here she was giving up so much of her time to help others when she herself was a single mother struggling to raise two young sons of her own. I saw that she wasn’t just giving advice whilst she was there but she was making notes and then getting back to people later. She sacrifices so much of her time to help others.
So to sum up, Camilla is a dedicated, intelligent, caring, selfless, inspiring, committed, exceptional, hard working wonderful woman who helps so many people in so many ways. She instils confidence in you and makes you believe in yourself, she genuinely cares. My life and so many other peoples lives would be so different without her. I can think of no one who deserves an award more than her and I hope she is finally recognised for the way she has helped so many people’.
‘I would just like to say how helpful Camilla has been through this difficult time for myself, she has been there when I needed advice and explained everything so that I can understand it all properly, with regards to all the legal documentation and process. I am very grateful’.
‘I got to know Camilla in April 2015 as I needed legal advice while going through a very complex litigation in a family court. Having been previously advised by numerous solicitors I found her the most committed and reliable. She was always there for me giving structured and clear advice and support. I could call/email her any time I needed her help and she would always reply with immediate effect. I trusted her and she listened to me and would offer not only legal advice and guidance but much needed emotional support. Camilla knows the law very well and often supports her knowledge with recent cases that I also used in my litigation. The final hearing went in my and the children’s favour. She pays attention to the smallest detail and without her help and support I might not have got such a good outcome. She acted as my McKenzie friend at my 4 days final hearing and the Honour Judge Wright had nothing but approval and compliments for her work and commitment. I could not do it without her. Thank you so much’.
‘Camilla was recommended to me at a time when I was in the midst of a divorce and my husband was taking me to court to settle the finances. He was well aware I could not afford the spiralling solicitors fees and was using his superior income to force me to settle for less than half our joint assets despite having been married for 28 years. I was supporting our two children, one in full time education and paying all the household bills. I felt overwhelmed by the process and the very uncertain future. At our first meeting Camilla not only gave me sound legal advice but emotional support. Following that meeting I slept through the night for first time in over a year. I became a litigant in person and Camilla supported me through the whole process even calling me on my way to court for the hearing. Together we did my statement and all the necessary paperwork and preparation. Camilla helped me identify the strengths and weaknesses of my case and focus on the future and meeting my family’s needs. I was able to text day or night and always received a quick reply even over the Christmas period. I also received texts providing much needed support and encouragement. Camilla reassured me my requests were fair despite the bombardment of correspondence from the other side suggesting the opposite. The judge agreed that what I had asked for was reasonable and awarded in my favour. My husband’s legal bill came to £30000. Without Camilla I would have been able to afford to fight for what was fair’.
‘Camilla is and has been an amazing support to us during this stressful difficult time. My children and I are trying to move back home to my homeland Scotland. Camilla has a holistic approach and her care shines through in everything that she’s done to help us; knowing everything that we are going through and how to cope with it all. My children and myself were in a domestic violence situation with a very manipulative, cold ruthless man, who stops at nothing to all have full control over our lives, be it emotional, physical, mental and financial; right down to the schools that the children should attend and the house that we should specifically live in. The court process has and is long, harrowing. and traumatic for all of us; desperate at times, devastating with shocking, on the moment decisions made in ‘ the system’, with courts not seeing the consequences of those orders/actions on us as a family. Camilla had been and is there for us, every second of every moment; in emails, in meetings, in court, at home, emotionally, and on the other end of the phone whilst balancing her own family’s needs. Camilla is my support in court. She knows the law inside out and in the finest of details. She reassures us that she is here, truly knowing how we are feeling. She has explained every detail of the law applying to our situation, the process; and keeps me calm, with her expertise and caring nature. Camilla has helped me find inner strength that I did not know that I had.
I could not have done this without her. Thank you Camilla’.
‘I was fortunate to contact Camilla via her surgery at my local Tesco. Having dealt with lawyers in the past and been dissatisfied, it was refreshing to meet someone whose experience and professionalism far outweighs their youth. Camilla is friendly and approachable while maintaining boundaries. She was able to support me with my issue and to look at the bigger picture and advise on the effect on the whole family. I would definitely engage her services again should I need to in the future. I have every intention of recommending Camilla to friends and family.’
‘I first came across Camilla’s Women’s Lawyer’s services, after seeing a poster in the Watford branch of Tesco. From the first point of contact Camilla has been outstanding, after having previous unsuccessful advice and help from solicitors and other advisors, I didn’t know which way to turn. Camilla put me at ease, gave me detailed advice and information, was very warming and friendly and nothing is too much trouble, Camilla is always there at the end of the phone, whenever I need her. Her business concept is an amazing idea, for any women in a vulnerable position, due to lack of legal aid and advice from solicitors holding a hefty price tag. Camilla’s experience and extensive knowledge of the system is second to none, I made the right decision for Camilla to represent me and I would have no hesitation in recommending Camilla’s services to anyone’.
‘Camilla was amazing in handling my divorce. Always very calm, friendly, reassuring and very professional, working at speed. From the very beginning Camilla put me at ease and explained the process to me and was more than happy to clarify anything I didn’t understand. It has been without doubt, the most difficult time of my life, but Camilla showed great understanding and gave me reassurance and hope when I needed it. Camilla was always at the other end of the phone to answer any questions with practical advice and always kept me informed every step of the way during the process, with very quick and prompt responses. Camilla helped and enabled my children and I to move forward with our lives and I would have no hesitation in recommending her’.
(Please note the above testimonials were provided prior to Camilla commencing her practice as a barrister; hence the reference to court support/McKenzie Friend. Until the 6th February 2017 all work undertaken was a legal advisor as opposed to advocate, post this date all work is being undertaken as a barrister within TWL as a legal consultancy, TWL is insured for all unreserved legal activity, should your case require reserved legal activity Camilla will contract with you on a separate basis in her role as self employed counsel on a Direct Access basis with the appropriate insurance)