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In the Beginning… How a top family law partner helped us get started.

We let the facts do the talking …

In 2010 Alison Porter was invited by a top Family Law partner in London to help him investigate a ‘Black Hole’ in one of his divorce cases. His client, the wife, wanted to know how much of their marital money her husband had spent on extra marital activities.

The analysis resulted in a substantial ‘Add-back’ for the client and it became evident that there was a demand in the market for a niche service that could thoroughly analyse expenditure and income streams.

Alison subsequently founded Pennywise Consultants and since 2010 has been wholly committed to expanding the business and providing clients with a unique and exceptional service. 

The Team

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity”.

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Alison Porter

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Founder & MD

Alison is the face of Pennywise Consultants and the driving force behind its success. 

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She saw a gap in the market for a new service that could help lawyers both in terms of building a case and also with the pastoral care of their clients. Her charm and energy has propelled Pennywise Consultants from an unknown business to the nationally recognised and respected firm it is today. She also prides herself on being able to bring the best out of her team and loves helping them discover new skill sets.

Alison has many interests, one of her favourites being walking her two Golden Retrievers, Harry and Skye (known as the Pennywise Occupational Therapy team). Her team slightly dread an unscheduled walk which invariably clears her head and results in a big idea, the most famous of which is our referral directory, The Little Purple Book.

Suzanne Duda

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Project Manager

Suzanne joined Alison a few months after Pennywise’s conception.

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She describes her relationship with Alison as being the perfect Yin and Yang.

Suzanne trained in accountancy and is Pennywise’s technical guru. She oversees all our projects and is the main point of contact for all our project work. She is completely unflappable, sympathetic, positive and a mainstay in the office.

Kim Knight

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Project Assistant

Kim has been with us since 2017. She is calm, patient, meticulous and methodical.

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Her painstaking attitude means she is ideally suited to working on our larger, extremely involved analysis projects.

Kim also has creative flair and oversees all our marketing materials. 

Testimonials

Here is what people have said about us …

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

Oscar Wilde
Anne – London

Pennywise Consultants prepared a Schedule of Estimated Annual and Monthly Costs and a Future Budget Estimate for me ahead of my Financial Dispute Resolution hearing.

The work required was considerable – there was no way I could have done it myself, and certainly not within the expected timeframe – but Alison and her team produced incredibly detailed spreadsheets in just over a week.

I should point out how anxious I had been for some time about examining my existing and future financials. However, everyone at Pennywise was so considerate and helpful, I came out of the process feeling quite empowered and hopeful for the future.

 

 

Anne, London
Collyer Bristow

I just wanted to let you know that we settled this case at the PFDR and the judge’s indication on the budget was very positive- he pretty well accepted it – which made a huge impact on his recommendation and greatly assisted with the figures we agreed!

 

A huge thank you!

 

Tanya Roberts, Partner, Collyer Bristow
Family Law Partner – London

I highly recommend Pennywise Consultants to my clients. I have utilised this extremely useful service since 2010 and trust the whole team implicitly to treat our clients with empathy, respect and a firm guiding hand. If it were up to me, I would use Pennywise Consultants for every divorce case I work on.

Family Law Partner, London
Freeths LLP

After hearing about the services that Alison and the team could provide, we were immediately able to introduce Pennywise to three of our clients who hugely benefitted from the assistance that they offered. Clients going through divorces often have little understanding or appreciation of the extent of their income needs, given that most of their finances are dealt with for them. Suzanne Duda in particular at Pennywise, patiently and carefully goes through everything with often emotional and vulnerable clients to produce a very helpful and well presented schedule summarising and breaking down all their monthly needs.

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Irpreet Kohli, Partner (Family)
Freeths LLP
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… It is an invaluable, tailored and cost effective solution and with Pennywise acting as part of the extended support team for divorce clients alongside lawyers there was real value added, particularly when action was needed under time pressure.

We look forward to continuing to work with Pennywise going forward and have been more than happy to also recommend them to other family lawyers and professionals who need to be aware of the their offerings.

 

Irpreet Kohli, Partner (Family)
Freeths LLP
Kingsley Napley

Pennywise carried out a detailed analysis of historic expenditure for my client, who had been kept in the dark regarding the family finances. This provided a solid, objective foundation for her budget and ultimately resulted in a favourable indication at the FDR hearing. The analysis also gave my client confidence that her settlement would provide her and the children with a secure financial future. Pennywise were efficient and professional throughout the process and I would highly recommend them.

Lauren Evans, Senior Associate and Family Mediator
Kingsley Napley LLP
Kingsley Napley Senior Associate

Pennywise have prepared considered and comprehensive budgets for two clients of mine and I highly recommend them. Their work, and the service they provide, is superb. 

Many clients find preparing a budget one of the hardest parts of preparing a financial case and Pennywise make it so much easier. The way they prepare the budgets, using information from the clients and their own thoroughly-researched data, is excellent and so is the client care they offer. In both cases we have worked on together, Suzanne and Alison have been available to answer and address queries from me and the client. How much they care about their clients, and the work they are doing, really shows.

 

Cady Pearce, Senior Associate
Kingsley Napley LLP
Mark Hands, Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP

The service offered by Pennywise is first class. They help clients navigate the complex and burdensome task of setting out what income they will need now and in the future following a separation. This is often a fundamental aspect of a case. The work they do provides solicitors and barristers with the confidence that the arguments they advance inside or outside of the court arena are based on objective data. This has certainly been crucial in helping us maximise financial settlements.

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Mark Hands, Partner
Irwin Mitchell LLP
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… Pennywise are professionalism personified and will go to great lengths to ensure that the lay client is supported throughout the process. The service is cost effective and is an absolute ‘must’, particularly where it is a feature of the case that one party will require some form of financial support from their estranged spouse. Equally impressive is the ability of Pennywise to fulfil tailored instructions. This has helped us to challenge income budgets which are exaggerated and unrealistic. There simply is no other business that provides this type of service and I cannot recommend Pennywise highly enough.

Mark Hands, Partner
Irwin Mitchell LLP
Mrs L – London

I wish I had found you six months ago! I was struggling to find all the information required for my Interim Maintenance Budget and Form E and at the 11th hour realised I couldn’t do it before the deadline.

The work you did for me was crucial. The judge took one look at your analysis and dismissed my husband’s objections. I’m thrilled. Thank you a zillion times.

Mrs L, London
Mrs M – Cheltenham

Pennywise saved the day! I was completely overwhelmed by the mountain of paperwork and couldn’t have sorted it without you. I was really impressed by how much thought and research you put in, making sure that every detail was right. My trust in you was completely justified and I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am. Thank you.

Mrs M, Cheltenham
Mrs P – Buckinghamshire

It has been really helpful to have had your help – and particularly to have given peace of mind that nothing had been forgotten that might be regretted retrospectively.

Mrs P, Buckinghamshire
Thursfields Solicitors

Inheritance Act 1975 testimonial: We settled the matter at the Mediation and your reports certainly helped us to achieve a good result for our client. Many thanks.

Pam Deol, Solicitor
Thursfields Solicitors
Vaitilingam Kay Solicitors

Pennywise is an essential resource for family law practitioners. They have assisted me with analysing expenditure going back several years and presented their findings in a clear, concise and easy to digest format which is essential for clients, lawyers and Judges. Generally this kind of work is delegated to junior lawyers or paralegals who are generally less qualified and more expensive. Pennywise therefore not only add significant value and expertise to a case, but they also offer considerable value for money. I am not aware of any other firm that is offering this kind of service and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Thomas Pavey, Associate Solicitor
Vaitilingam Kay Solicitors

CORE VALUES

We believe …

  • It is a privilege, not a right, to be entrusted with our clients’ personal affairs.
  • Discretion and confidentiality are of paramount importance.
  • It is essential to have empathy and respect.
  • Professional and efficient conduct at all times is guaranteed.
  • Accuracy and realistic budgeting is the cornerstone of our business.
  • Clients can expect a transparent fee structure and estimate of costs.
  • We produce sound financial data for our clients that no-one can discredit.

THE BENEFITS

The benefits outweigh the cost …

We add value to your case.

We do it cheaper; we do it better; we do it quicker.

Evidence wins the argument.

We’ll help you negotiate from a position of strength.

We are independent experts.

We let the facts do the talking.

Because we are an independent third party, our budgets are demonstrably impartial.

 

Our Charges

We are conscious that clients are price sensitive and need the certainty of a fixed cost …

At Pennywise Consultants we are conscious that clients are price sensitive and need the certainty of a fixed cost. We therefore provide fixed price quotations for all our services. These are based on an hourly rate and estimation of time the project will take.

 

  • Our fees are payable in advance and held on account. Please bear in mind our payment terms as failure to pay on time may result in us being unable to commence work on your project.
  • If there is an unusual amount of photocopying or printing a charge of 10p a sheet will be made.
  • All prices are subject to VAT.
  • Our initial assessment is free of charge and without obligation.
  • In instances where a client is struggling to secure funding for fees, we can organise referrals to accredited litigation funding firms.

WE GATHER THE FACTS

WE PREPARE THE SCHEDULES

WE PRESENT THE EVIDENCE